Price paid: $ 29.95
Purchased from: Lanham Music
Sound: The output level is not good. It has the lowest output of any piezo pickup I've ever encountered in the past 35 years. It does not even put out a strong enough output to register a signal on my tuner when I am trying to tune my guitar.
The tone is the worst I've ever encountered in a piezo. I have been trying to configure my EQ settings on my multi-FX pedal to try to reduce the "quack" for which piezos are infamous. It just cannot be done with these. And I have tried many different brands from Fishman, Barcus-Berry, LR Baggs, DeArmond, and FRAP. // 1
Reliability & Durability: This is the second guitar I have put one of these into. It will be the last. The first guitar I put one of these in about 6 years ago. I had horrible experiences with it that I thought were due to poor installation. Now I'm convinced the pickup itself is the problem since the second one was installed by a different technician. The wiring is prone to breakage and is not adequately shielded. // 1
Overall Impression: What do I love about this. Not one single thing.
What to I hate: poor tone quality, poor output level, flimsy wiring. As it stands right now, when I have the money, I plan to take the guitar in and have a Fishman Matrix Infinity or an LR Baggs IBeam installed as either one of these will provide a much better sound and can be pre-amped without having to have a hole cut into the side of my guitar. // 1