I really liked a no modification to instrument approach in these pickups but I wasn't happy having to take the jack off the velcro every time I needed to put guitar back in the case and velcro itself bothered me a bit being stuck to the tail piece.
So I decided to try to do something about it. After a few days of brainstorming here it is:
I figured why not do it with a 1/8" jack so I ordered materials to replace original 1/4" jack and to make a custom guitar cable with 1/8" on one side and 1/4" on the other.
I'm very happy how it turned out and now I can fit the guitar inside case without removing anything.
As you can probably see I also removed rubber sleeve from the pick-up cable so I can hide it better under the tail piece and make it even more minimalistic looking. I cut the cable shorter as well. The jack is attached to the tail piece with double sided sticky tape. I filed a little bit of jack where the tape attaches flat so it would stay more securely on there.
The sound of it in my sophisticated technical terms is described as "I like it". I don't have much to compare it to, well I do have Parker Fly electric with Fishman piezo transducer but I don't know how objective it would be to compare the two. I any case K&K sounds fairly natural. I hear some references to it as wet sounding and as I understand it that would refer to its natural reverb. With reverb on amp at 0 I can't really detect much of this quality of sound. But then maybe I've yet to hear what dry sounds like.
I have 20W tube amp (H&K 20th anniversary) and with flat eq I can get about 1/3 volume without feedback. If I dial the bass all the way to 0 it'll go to 1/2. Even with bass at 0 I think the sound of guitar is good, full sounding, not thin.
I have Fishman pro-eq platinum pedal (which I got for Parker after the pre-amp built in guitar died) that has feedback squelching feature and it works. After setting it up as recommended I was able to get some bass back on the Amp itself and go to 2/3 volume before the body started to threaten with wolf pack howling. Mind you this is extremely loud little amp and I'm pretty sure that volume would be enough for small club performance way before any feedback would ever cause earbleeds in the audience. In bigger clubs you'd probably go through PA system so it would be even less on an issue.
Of course action got raised and I measured 3.6mm after install. I decided to keep it that way and after about a week I got used to it to the point if I go back to without pickup I would probably get extra bridge to keep the action where it is now. I like the sound much better with raised action, very tight.
I'm liking my beauty "R. Ivanovski" better and better every day.
All in all if you're looking for a good sounding pick-up that you can install in 5 min yourself without making any holes in your dear instrument knowing you can always go back to stock without any signs on pick-up ever residing there this is it.
Plus the price that Michael offers on it can not be found anywhere else.
Thanks for reading,
PS I can post a list of materials used is someone is interested
Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel