It's come time for me to think seriously about what pickup to put in my L325 guitar for live work. I fingerpick, no strums and I've quite a light touch. I don't want to modify my Avalon in any way other than taking out the wooden strap button. What would A) forum members and b) Avalon staff recommend?
Thanks in anticipation,
I don't think there is a definitive answer to this question, but I would recommend the K&K pure pickup. It's a transducer pickup that you attach to the underside of the soundboard. It's a bit tricky to fit, but sounds great. It has no preamp, but still has quite a high output. Also it's not too expensive.
+1 on the K&K
There is one of the little Pure Westerns here that usually just goes straight in to an AER60; sounds good.
One of the Avalons had one of the Headway split bridge under saddle pick ups in it, and while the amplified sound was good it wasn't a purely stage instrument, and the detriment to the purely acoustic sound of a truly lovely instrument resulted in its removal.
So, on both sound and cost, for me that k&k takes it.
fwiw ymmv etc. Good luck.
( if one were needed a Hartke Acoustic Attack would go between guitar and amp, but hasn't been yet )
Many thanks for the replies so far. The K&K was a choice I had already considered. What do people think of the Fishman blend or the rare earth?
Might I ask JB's and Steve's opinions?
Thanks again for the help,
I started this reply, went to check out my Avalon to have a look at the end block, gave it a picking with some traditional Welsh dances and some Martin Simpson tunes and found I'd been gone 45 minutes.
I have the Fishman Blend installed in my Avalon Rio and my Avalon Bevel model. I have to say I love it. It has no graphic equaliser, so its up to the sound man to sort that out. But I think it really does a great job of amplifying the natural sound of the guitar, without distorting it, especially with a nice amount of internal mic. BEAUTIFUL.
Thanks Chris and JB.
I'm not a percussive player, probably not a good idea with the cedar top of the L325?
I'm still favouring the K&K. Will it require widening the bottom strap button hole?
Nothing wrong with sitting on the fence - it's my favourite place!
I had the Fishman blend in a Taylor guitar I owned, and whilst it's a pretty solid system it does not sound as natural as the K&K. The K&K trinity system has the mic and transducer which you can blend together, but in reality it's not worth it.
If you're playing live you won't use the mic, and if you're recording you might as well use a 'proper' mic.
Hi Dale, I have a K&K pure fitted to an S325C rio- the guys at the factory fitted it no problem. ( I am using the XLR pre Amp). I stumbled across Andy McKee discussing his setup (in his L32), he seems to favour the K&K as well, sounds like he's using the Trinity system, which is based on the Pure. Just another opinion for you to consider.