Purchased from: Tom Lee Music
Sound — 8
This passive magnetic soundhole pickup is pretty neat. It is convenient to place into any sound hole between 3.85" and 4.10". I use a Toyama Acoustic TMM2380WA Junior. Although the guitar sounds crap by itsself, the Woody Hum cancelling stack does some magicking of its own and the sound that comes through the Frontman 15G amp is quite nice. The pickup fits into the sound hole and you can angle it so that you get more out of the strings you choose. Unlike some other acoustic soundhole pickups, this one has a solid continous wooden body and is a hassle-free fool-proof kind of product. It is the thickness of a 250-page book. It keeps the acoustic middlish tone sound but enhances in a way I know not how to describe. Also, I cannot hear the string buzz common to all factory budget guitars anymore.
Overall Impression — 7
I hate the fact that it seems to need a lot of care if you want it to stay in a well-presented state. It also seems to be in danger of needing customer service in the near future. However, the sound output from this buddy completely satisfies me.
Reliability & Durability — 5
The pickup itself seems durable enough, but there are a few blemishes. The backside (underside) of the pickup is not sealed with a piece of wood, but rather a piece of felt. One brsh too violent will result in the felt peeling off to expose the resin which encases the pickup itself. Also, the foam on the sides of the thing seem to be in danger of falling out any time soon. However, the woodwork on this pickup is quite nice. Also, the lead seems quite tough and of acceptable quality. The plug is hand soldered, does that mean anything?