JB I appreciate the feedback, and the warm welcoming. I have another ? that i was hoping i could get some help with. I have read alot about the different picups and options, what sounds good etc. I am not at that level of play yet so i was looking for a solution that is a little more basic. I have a friend that put a mic in his lowden and it seems to sound quite well, we have a mutual friend that builds guitars on an amateur level who installed the pickup for him as far as drilling the hole for the jack and mounting the mic so I have someone who could put it in for me. The question I have is what kind of pickup can I get that is of a good quality but is also just the mic itself with the jack and no battery if possible, or would i be better to go with a different optinon? also any pointers as to placement to install it for the best tonal sound, how to attatch it etc.. Any feedback would be great.