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Old 08-29-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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I'm trying to decide if the $250(ish) price jump is worth it for this model...?
I could buy a good after market pickup for less than this. Just curious if any one has some insight on the value of the qii pickup.

The guitar alone is around 950 without the pickup. It's over 1200 with it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:16 AM   #2
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Generally speaking, I'd rather an integrated pickup system installed by the guitar maker than an aftermarket pickup.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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same here. nobody's going to be able to install a pickup system as well as the factory.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:09 AM   #4
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Good sound hole pickup? That's kind of what I was thinking...
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #5
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LR Baggs Lyric pickup seems to be the fave lately. i don't really know, all my guitars came with onboard electronics....come to think of it, i'm still trying to find a good setting for Taylor's Expression system. haven't figured that one out yet.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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Good sound hole pickup? That's kind of what I was thinking...

I understand, but as good as the LRBaggs (and others) are, I still lean towards installed electronics. Still, besides LR Baggs, also look at Fishmans and the SD Mag Mic.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:24 AM   #7
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The thing is, most manufacturers are using a re-branded LR Baggs or Fishman system. If they aren't, they're typically using a system that is available aftermarket.

My opinion is to get some price quotes from local shops on pickup installation. In addition to that, ask around at the shops for good options for you guitar. Personally, I just had a K&K Pure Western Mini installed in my Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500r. It sounds absolutely incredible, much better than if I had gone for an Epi with the Shadow system that comes stock (though don't get me wrong, those are great systems), and the installation, parts and labor, only cost me $150.

If you're curious about what to look for in a pickup system, a few that I was looking at were:

LR Baggs Lyric System
LR Baggs Element System
LR Baggs Anthem
Fishman Aura
Fishman Matrix
K&K Pure Western Mini

Do some reading up on the difference between passive and active electronics systems as well. Also, if you plan on using the electronics to primarily go straight from a DI box into a PA system of some sort, I would highly advise selecting something with equalization controls or purchasing some sort of EQ system, such as an LR Baggs GigPro or an LR Baggs Para-DI. That will put you in control of your guitar's amplified tone, which is great if you don't play out in a regular venue with a sound tech you trust.
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