Dylan_
Tab Contributor
Join date: Apr 2008
1,624 IQ
#1
Hey guys,

I got this classical guitar http://www.thomann.de/ie/fender_esc105_educational_44.htm recently and I love it to bits, I just wanted something small and handy, and it works like a charm. I don't use classical guitars for playing classical guitar I just like the feel of them and the nylon strings for playing acoustic folky stuff and what not. So I was wondering have any of you ever made a classical guitar into a semi-acoustic? micing it up inside and adding a guitar lead jac etc... do you guys think it would work on my small fender one? and roughly how much does it cost?
Bikewer
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2010
65 IQ
#2
Shouldn't be difficult at all to add any of the nice piezo-type pickups. However, to get a nice installation with a quality pickup, it's going to cost you as much as your guitar.
The K&K Pure Min:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P5OULA/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=27022636083&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1905312721653417576&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=t&ref=pd_sl_9iquaqygdq_e
Is very well thought of but as you can see it's a hundred bucks and you must needs hire a luthier to install it properly as your end block will have to be drilled out to accept the jack.

There are cheaper ways to go, of course; the simplest is a 30-ish dollar stick-on pickup like this one:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ArtistTrans/

They work OK, but they are rather fragile... You have to mind the cord carefully or they can pull right off.
Sound-hole pickups will likely not work; most are magnetic and need steel strings.
Also, internally-mounted microphones are expensive.