Messages: Likes Received: Hello everyone. First, the tuner. It's a great thing to have but hasn't been working correctly. It seems to not respond to certain strings or frequencies. It sometimes works on the D and B strings, and never works on the B string.
It's also taking longer to respond when I'm tuning the guitar and it seems to be getting confused between notes. Second, the preamp or pickup, I don't know. It also used to work perfectly but now it obviously doesn't. No matter how I set the EQ, the only way I can get any sound out of it is if I turn the volume all the way up and record something then duplicate the track a few times.
It only seems to pick up the low E string, and it does so extremely quietly. I've tried plugging directly into the computer and into my Line 6 Spider III then into the computer and nothing's worked.
The only thing I've done to try and fix these issues is replacing the battery. In all the time I've had the guitar, the battery's never needed to be changed.
I don't recall ever dropping the guitar or anything and the problems started happening after I didn't play the guitar for a few days. AtomshippedDec 22, Bump, really need help.
AtomshippedDec 24, Messages: 6, Likes Received: 1, I suspect that the signal from your undersaddle pickup isn't getting well to either.
Get Heard: A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Pickups and Amplification
A lot of the time, modern acoustic preamps will have a mini jack, into which the piezo element will plug. Unfortunately, I think yours will require you to take the preamp part out, take the back off, and then reseat the two-pin connector for the piezo pickup.
Take out the battery first, remove the unit, and then take off the back. There's a long connector at one end, with a little connector just to the side. That required actually replacing the preamp. If reseating the connector doesn't work, that might be the way to go. Hopefully you're the original owner, because that part should be covered by a warranty. If not, though, the part number for the replacement kit is 5AEQ31F.
You can buy it directly from Ibanez using the part number, but might get a better price through an Ibanez dealer. You'll have to swap the piezo as well, as the connector is different, but it's a simple install Good luck!
ExplorerDec 24, Thank you, that helps a lot! I'll try to fix it; hopefully that will work. I am the original owner bought it new from Guitar Center but I don't know how long the warranty lasts. And if all else fails, the replacement part kit was a great suggestion.Can easily get twisted and distorted to the point where the original sound is practically unrecognizable.
But the unfortunate reality is…if you ever want your playing to be heard by more than a dozen people at once…. NOTE : For an in-depth tutorial on electric guitar pickups, check out this post instead. A beautiful vintage guitar might have an amazing acoustic tone, yet sound awful with a certain pickup. These days, the most popular means of acoustic guitar amplification is magnetic soundhole pickups.
And no surprise…the tone of these pickups can be quite similar to a clean electric guitar, as almost all the sound is derived from the strings, and almost none from the body. A major advantage of this design is that can easily installed and uninstalled, with no drilling or other modifications to the guitar itself.
However since in this case, vibrations are caught at the end of the strings rather than the middle, undersaddle pickups have a brighterthinner sound, with a stronger attack. To compensate, the paired preamps often use a compressor to even-out the levels. Although this compression can be quite audible at times. Soundboard Transducer pickups are the other type piezo-based design…. Simply by attaching the sensor with a temporary adhesive that can be easily removed without damage to the finish…no installation or modifications required.
The biggest advantage of this design is that it pickups up BOTH vibrations from the strings AND body of the guitarpreserving much the natural acoustic balance. The biggest downside is that it is quite sensitive to feedback, and can be difficult to use in louder settings with multiple instruments.
Essentially a high-quality miniature microphone that mounts inside the body of your guitar…. In terms of sound at least, microphone pickups are the best option by far….
Because they have the widest frequency range, and are great at preserving the natural tonal balance of the instrument. First off, they can be quite expensive, both in the cost of the pickup itself, AND the cost of the professional installation that will most likely be required. Well actually, you can. Even if you bought them primarily for live performing….
And even for those who do…unless executed properly, the recording can still turn out pretty bad. Because once amplification comes into play… All those little sonic nuances that balanced just perfectly on their own… Can easily get twisted and distorted to the point where the original sound is practically unrecognizable.
For example, with certain new guitars that come with pre-built electronics… You might find that they sound great when amped-up, but terrible when played acoustically. And the reverse can be true as well. Magnetic Soundhole Pickups These days, the most popular means of acoustic guitar amplification is magnetic soundhole pickups. Two other downsides worth noting are : Professional installation required — although modifications are minimal.
And while this can sometimes result in bass-heavy sound, it can be easily fixed with EQ. Microphone Pickups Essentially a high-quality miniature microphone that mounts inside the body of your guitar… In terms of sound at least, microphone pickups are the best option by far… Because they have the widest frequency range, and are great at preserving the natural tonal balance of the instrument.The sound of an acoustic guitar is one of the most soothing and versatile sounds.
In order to amplify your guitar, you will need a pickup. That means you either need to purchase an acoustic-electric guitar that is already equipped to work with an amplifier.
Conversely, you can retrofit your acoustic with a pickup which, thankfully, is easy to do. Other alternatives include using a high-quality microphone.
A good pickup is going to greatly expand your mobility and playability. Use my list to get the acoustic guitar pickup that will set your sound apart. There are so many different pickups to choose from.
Most studios will actually set mics on stands near the instrument for recording. This delivers a super high-quality sound that also captures a lot of the squawks and scrapes of fingerstyle playing. Baggs Lyric system. Installed inside your instrument, this system delivers studio-quality sound without compromising your mobility during stage performance. Their Anthem series has been setting the standard for several years, now.
However, with their recent release of the Lyric, they used their years of experience they gained from the Anthem series to create a microphone system that is truly decades ahead of itself.
The Lyrics also uses a lot of the same installation tricks. So it mounts 3 mm away from the underside of the bridge, giving it the perfect distance for taking advantage of the boundary effect and delivering the perfect, even tone that you love about acoustic guitars. The only downside with the Lyric is that everyone who bought the Anthem SL is wishing they had waited a couple of years to get this new system. The lyric also works well in conjunction with other systems.
While the two systems look quite similar, the inner-workings of the Lyric is so much better. The circuit board design enables this little microphone to capture more sound than any other system before it has been able to do. And when you listen, there is a pretty clear difference in the quality of sound. I mean, if you find the Anthem SL on sale for half the price then sure, grab it! But dollar for dollar, the Lyric is worth its money and delivers some the most natural sound, in my opinion.
If you still want the classical sound offered by the L. It has nice, warm tones, and works with both finger-picking and strumming styles.There are a number of reasons to get a preamp:. Answering the question of whether or not you need a preamp really comes down to the output of your pickup or microphone. When you plug your pickup or mic directly into the amp, how does it sound?
Is the signal loud enough? Is it balanced? Is it smooth? Active pickups are usually louder and brighter and the preamp allows you to shape the sound of the pickup in a number of ways: volume, bass, mid, treble, gain, phase, etc.
Generally, the more expensive the preamp, the more control it gives you. Of course, other than controlling the output of your pickup, preamps can also improve their sound.
Most basic preamps something like our Pure Preamp will provide volume control and an equalizer. We also add a wide band midrange filter to clean up any noise and an internal gain trimmer to reduce feedback. How does feedback happen and how do I control it? What is phase and what does a phase switch do?
One thing to watch out for when considering a preamp is noise. Whenever a signal is amplified, the goal is to keep the signal-to-noise ratio as high as possible. That makes sense because a little bit of noise from the pickup or the preamp can become a lot of noise when the signal is amplified and loud.
Finally, one reason to get a preamp is to blend multiple signals into one. All combination systems require a preamp. Imagine you have a pickup and a microphone on your instrument and you plugged those into the amp separately. A multi-channel preamp like our Dual Channel Pro Preamp blends the signals for you and creates a single output signal for the amplifier.
Do I need a preamp? This is the big question that many players have. Here is a rundown that hopefully shines some light on the subject of preamps. Right-click to download: Preamp Podcast. What does a preamp do and do I need one? There are a number of reasons to get a preamp: It can boost a low signal It can clean up a signal so that it sounds better coming through the amp It can adjust the signal e.
Dieter's Sound Bite Do I need a preamp? Right-click to download: Preamp Podcast Back to Pickups Ok, this is a big question. So many people think different things about amplifying a classical guitaracoustic guitar or flamenco guitar. They just want to preserve the natural sound of the guitar We all want too without interfering in the sonic combination of the soundboard and the body of the guitar.
For those the answer is a good microphone Dynamic or Condenser and a good sound system with a good sound engineer. Of course, mobility is very limited with this option and the dependence of external factors is bigger. Brands like Fishman, Shadow or Roland are present in the best spanish guitars and all of them offer a variety of models for every demand and budget. Thats why the most popular pickups for nylon stringed instruments are piezoelectric pickups.
A piezoelectric pickup uses pressure on a crystal or piezo ceramic material to generate voltage variations. The associated amplifier electronics then, amplify the variations to drive speakers or other circuitry. The piezo pickup can be used also in an electric guitar or acoustic steel guitar. For best performance the piezoelectric pickup is mounted in the bridge of the guitar under the saddle where the pressure of each string has more transmission to the piezoelectric pickup.
The preamp will give more gain to that signal before to reach the amplifier or sound system. Most preamps have volume control, EQ control and even DSP signal processors with reverb, chorus phase and other effects You can also find a tuner build in.
Well, again is a very personal point of view and it depends of the quality of the pickup and the preamp and normally the more you spend in a good amplification system the better it sound. From my experience i can say that the piezoelectric pickup mounted under the saddle is the most convenient solution for stage playing.Blues Creek Guitars - Adding a Pick-up to Your Acoustic Guitar
The signal is clear, punchy and you have a lot of control over it with your preamp but some of the body sound of the guitar is lost in the process. Same thing applies when you want to record your guitar.
The microphone is the best solution for me to get the most natural sound of my guitar but it lacks of punch and gain which is what the piezoelectric system has. What do i do? I use both. I mix the two signals and i get a fantastic guitar sound. Punchy and natural. The good news is that you can have the same system in your guitar.
Manufacturers like Fishman are making systems that combine a piezoelectric pickup with an internal gooseneck microphone and you can blend the two signals in the preamp build in at your one taste or your one need. Companies like Shadow claim to find the blend of the microphone sound and the piezoelectric pickup sound with the Nanoflex pickup. Installation of pickups and preamps can be done at any time in your guitar but it should be done by an expert unless is an external contact type pickup that requires not technical expertise.
That is why we recommend to buy a guitar with the electronics build in at factory if you are thinking in amplifying your guitar at some point.
You will save money as the manufacturers get those systems as OEM at a much better price, you will save also on installation by a proper technician and you will be assured that your system will be perfectly adjusted at the building process by expert hands. A quality sound not only depend of the quality of the system installed but of the quality of the installation. The other day I was testing a Raimundo E Not a very expensive guitar with an standard system from Fishman, the Classic III and i was amazed by the amplified sound of the guitar.
Just because it was mounted out of perfection. If you are into buying a classical electric guitar or a flamenco electric guitar with a very good sound try to buy it with the electronics build in from factory.
Buy a decent hand made guitar from a reputable guitar maker. If you budget allows you, get a system that combine Piezoelectric pickup and microphone and of course, before to make any final decision visit www.
How to choose the right pickup for your acoustic guitar
Once they where stablished as a new kind of guitar […]. Like Like. I know many people that use it and they are very happy with it. The Admira Juanita E is an entry level electro classical guitar that for a very inexpensive price will give you a very nice sound and a very good spanish made guitar.If the tonewood is the heart and soul of your electric guitarthe pickups are its brains and voice. But wait, you say, my guitar already has pickups.
Why should I need more? Here we are going look at all different kinds of pickup. The Texas Specials are overwound for a generous helping of Lone Star sizzle but radiate a warm midrange and have a solid, pronounced low-end response, while staggered pole pieces make for a balanced output. Pickups: the basics The design principles behind the electric guitar pickup are relatively simple.
A pickup has a magnetic core, typically a bar magnet or series of magnetic pole pieces, which is wrapped in strands of insulated copper wire. This coil produces an magnetic field that picks up vibrations on your strings and delivers the electrical signal to your amplifier. Single coils, humbuckers and Ps A single-coil design is just that: it has one magnetic coil of wire. The most common single coil you will find has wire wrapped around six magnetic pole pieces, one for each string.
These single coils will have a sharp, brighter sound with plenty of treble. A P is a single-coil design too, but it has a bar magnet core instead of pole pieces and more windings - which gives it a fatter, hotter sound. You might read about overwound Stratocaster single coils; these have simply had more windings, which may give them a higher output and a bit more girth in the midrange.
Now, single-coil designs are great, but at high-volumes, with loads of gain, the hiss, hum and feedback. This is where the humbucker comes in The humbucker features a dual-coil design that not only thickens up the tone, adding more sustain and a higher output, but these two coils are wired in series and out of phase to cut out the hum and electromagnetic interference.
Hence the name. Well, that depends entirely on what you are using them for. What pickups are right for me? With their higher output, humbuckers hit the front end of tube amps that bit harder and made them break up into distortion quicker. Today there are all kinds of variants. Magnet materials range from the softer-voiced Alnico II and slightly hotter Alnico V, with ceramic magnets often reserved for higher-output pickups such as the DiMarzio Super Distortion.
Active or passive pickups? Traditional pickup designs are passive. That means the amplified signal output is generated solely from the magnetic coils.
Active pickups feature an onboard preamp, usually powered by a 9V battery that is secreted in the rear of the guitar. With its gutsy midrange, bright highs and hot but not super-hot output, it can cover a huge variety of styles.
Adam Jones, Kurt Cobain, Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman, Jerry Cantrell and more have used them one at some point, typically in the bridge position, with a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck a quite superb partner in tone.
Installing a set of these in a more affordable Fender or Squier will take it to the next level in tone.
And what tone these have. Each pickup is voiced vintage-hot, with enamel-coated magnet wire for that old-school heat and extra windings for higher output.
These could knock many a humbucker on its backside. The staggered pole pieces keep the output consistent across all six strings while the reverse-wound middle pickup helps kill the hum in the second and fourth positions when you invariably crank it up for that juicy Texas blues mojo. But there are a few key differences.Sorting out pickup styles: Soundboard transducers These are easy to install — they fasten inside on the guitar top or bridge plate.
Picking up the vibration of the top, they generally have a warm sound.
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Tip: Pickup guru Kent Armstrong likes to use double-stick foam tape to install pickups like these. He feels that the cushioned gap between the pickup and the soundboard make for a warmer sound.
The Schatten soundboard transducer is tiny, inexpensive and very simple to install: just stick it to the inside of the soundboard. Les Schatten says the sweet spot is an inch behind the bridge, a bit toward the bass side.
This pickup will fit pretty much any instrument. A very popular bridge plate pickup is the L. Baggs iBeam. This pickup captures the natural sound of a guitar by being placed directly under the bridge on the bridge plate. The sound it transmits is warmer and less bright than an undersaddle transducer.
This is another easy-to-install pickup. Next up we have undersaddle transducers. They seem to be more sensitive with more attack and presence than the soundboard pickups. Professional installation is the best idea for undersaddle pickups. Tip: Be sure the bottom of your saddle and the bottom of the saddle slot are perfectly smooth. Gaps mean uneven response dead strings. The Fishman Thinline is a good example of the undersaddle style. Sandwiched between the hardwood bridge and the saddle, it delivers a bright and cleanly articulated sound.
The L. Baggs Element undersaddle system features a preamp built directly into the endpin jack. A tiny thumbwheel volume control adheres just inside the soundhole, and the battery is held in a nylon bag fastened at the neck block.
So this system is self-contained and your guitar is ready to plug into an amp anytime. Both Fishman and Baggs offer combinations of different pickup types to round out a full sound. The Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend allows you to blend the signals from their advanced Matrix pickup with a sensitive microphone for an excellent balance in tone. This downloaded image is the response curve of a similar guitar through a recording mic.
This gives you great sound at performance-level volume without the feedback common in other acoustic pickups. No preamp needed. These can capture a clear, natural acoustic sound without the use of preamps, batteries or modifications to the instrument.