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(@u2bono269)
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So I'm curious. As some of you may know I am in the market for a new geetar equipped with electronics, and I am weighing the options of either buying one with electronics, or adding them aftermarket. Obviously, a miked acoustic is ideal, but I've identified three main methods of amplification

1. Piezo
2. soundhole pickup
3. transducer

I've owned and played a Piezo guitar and found it, and most other piezo guitars I've test-driven, to be nothing spectacular. I've gigged with a Piezo guitar, and while it sounded ok, i wasn't pleased. I've also gigged with a Dean Markley Pro-Mag, and i LOVED the tone of that, even though it looks dumb and was a pain to deal with. And the cord sounded extremely sketchy and scratchy. But I've never played one with a transducer. I've done my research, and from what I've read, the transducer route seems the way to go. I'm interested in the K&K Sound transducers, as they seem to do what I want them to do.

Is there anyone out there who can weigh in and contribute some observations? Anyone who owns guitars with transducer systems?

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(@kingpatzer)
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Guy I play with has a transducer system on his bridge and also uses an instrument mic on-stage for basically two sound channels. His setup sounds just freakin' amazing.

I've never seen him have any problems with it. But I did note that having it installed by a quality luthier took some time and definitely wasn't a quick job.

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(@tim_madsen)
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I've got a B-band soundboard transducer with a fixed curve EQ pre-amp in my Tacoma. It does a wonderful job of duplicating my guitars sound. It picks up the soundboard vibrations and the reflextive sound in the body. It's the best in my book.

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(@u2bono269)
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what does fixed curve EQ mean?

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what does fixed curve EQ mean?

I'm no expert on these things, but basicly the preamp has a fixed EQ setting with no adjustments. So there is no big whole cut in the guitar to facilitate the EQ. I didn't want onboard adjustments or a big black box stuck in the side of my guitar.

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(@u2bono269)
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i like that idea alot. does it make things easier to for you to dial in a tone you like? I imagine if there's a fixed EQ coming from the guitar, it cuts down on dial-turning when I play with the EQ in my amplifier.

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i like that idea alot. does it make things easier to for you to dial in a tone you like? I imagine if there's a fixed EQ coming from the guitar, it cuts down on dial-turning when I play with the EQ in my amplifier.

The only thing I can say about the B-band is that it doesn't change the sound of my guitar at all. Yes it make things simpler for me, I'm a set the amp and forget it kind of guy. The B-band gives me just what I want, it makes my guitar louder without changing the tonal qualities of the instrument.

This is the pickup I've got.
http://www.b-band.com/guitar-systems/a1n-1470.php

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ooooh thank you sir, i may have found a winner

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