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Old 03-21-2009, 02:18 AM   #1
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Need some pickup help...

I'm trying to choose between two budget models so I can record acoustics onto my solo EP. Obviously, these aren't going to give me premier studio quality, but I just want something that sounds pretty nice and will last.

First up is the Fishman Pro-Neo D01. I've heard that it's a brilliantly designed pickup from some, and from others, I've heard that it just really, really sucks.
http://accessories.musiciansfriend....ckup?sku=303160

Next is the Seymour Duncan Woody SC. Apparently, this one gives you a unique and pleasant blend of electric and acoustic sound. I'm not opposed to this, but I've also heard that the quality of production is terrible, meaning that this thing could crash and burn on me at any time. Others praise it, saying that it's the best-sounding and most reliable acoustic pickup they've ever used.
http://accessories.musiciansfriend....ckup?sku=300956


If you've played either or both of these pickups, please, post back and give me feedback.
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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Go for the Fishman. Their acoustic pickups outlast and outsound all others
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Yeah, I know their high-end pickups are brilliant. Both of those are temporary soundhole pickups though. Don't know how much that'll change the tone...
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:38 AM   #4
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Recording does also use microphones, like, ones on stands and stuff. That might give you better sound for your recording instead of one mounted to the guitar.
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:40 AM   #5
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hmm i think either try and use a mic or wait and save up for a better pickup for your guitar because having used guitars with cheap sound hole pickups in them i can tell you that they don't sound very good at all.
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I feel like pickups are better suited to what I need.

Those two pickups are supposed to be better than most on-board electronics, so I don't think the tone is going to be horrendous... I just need an opinion on which one is overall better.
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Recording does also use microphones, like, ones on stands and stuff. That might give you better sound for your recording instead of one mounted to the guitar.


It kinda depends on a few things though too like what kind of quality the guitar is, and if it's only going to be used for recording or maybe also live applications. I wouldn't necessarily go for THAT particular Fishman but I would go Fishman before just about anything else
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I feel like pickups are better suited to what I need.

Those two pickups are supposed to be better than most on-board electronics, so I don't think the tone is going to be horrendous... I just need an opinion on which one is overall better.


They won't be better than ANY on board electronics (unless you get a seriously bad guitar) but regardless, if you pay $60 for a pickup you're going to get a $60 pickup. It'll most likely suck.

The reason some reviews are positive and some horrible is because some people are experienced players (and know it's rubbish) or newbies (who don't know any better). Always happens in reviews of low to mid-range gear.
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I would go for the Fishman. The only downside imo is then output level, which sometimes can be a little bit too low.
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