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How does fitting a magnetic pickup to your guitar affect the acoustic tone?

Hey guys! I'm thinking of grabbing a guitar which the guy has fitted with a magnetic pickup like Django used on his later recordings (I love this sound by the way!). I was wondering if anyone with any experience of this, could tell me how it affects the sound of the guitar when it is not plugged in? Since my brother and I have a more traditional gypsy swing duo we practice a lot unplugged, so the acoustic sound of the instrument is still important to me. I would have thought that sticking a big piece of metal over the sound-hole would affect the sound at least in some way. What are your guy's experiences?
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  • Posts: 3,549
    It mutes the sound.
    At least for me, I'm using the Krivo mounted with blue sticky putty.
    I'm not sure if I got it right but it sounds like you're talking about having the pick up permanently mounted? Like that Shopis guitar in the other thread.
    Noah said it's not much of a compromise acoustically.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • OwlCaponeOwlCapone New
    Posts: 11
    I'm talking about an oval hole guitar with a pickup fitted over the hole, like a Stimer. I've decided on buying the guitar anyway, as it's a steal. I'm probably gonna use it equally for bop as well as unplugged gypsy swing jammin', so was wondering if it would be fine just to leave the p/up on there for both purposes
  • definitely will change the sound a bit
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • woodamandwoodamand Portland, OR✭✭✭ 2015 JWC Favino replica
    Posts: 226
    Buco wrote: »
    It mutes the sound.
    At least for me, I'm using the Krivo mounted with blue sticky putty.
    I'm not sure if I got it right but it sounds like you're talking about having the pick up permanently mounted? Like that Shopis guitar in the other thread.
    Noah said it's not much of a compromise acoustically.
    Uh - but you notice quite a bit of muffling on your guitar with the Krivo mounted Buco? Is that right? That is a big worry for me.
  • edited December 2016 Posts: 3,549
    Yeah it gets muffled. But what's the biggie, you won't go to the jam with Krivo mounted on it?
    It's not so much that I notice when I put it on, it's more when I take it off that it occurs to me the guitar started breathing again.

    PS imagine listening to your guitar through a nice HiFi system. Then imagine listening to it through the 80s tape deck. That's the difference between the pickup on it/off.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • woodamandwoodamand Portland, OR✭✭✭ 2015 JWC Favino replica
    Posts: 226
    The jam session I go to is all acoustic, so yeah it would make a diff. I don't know why I have the bug to get this,its not like I am in a band or anything. Maybe just another case of GAS.
    Great analogy BTW
  • Posts: 3,549
    It's just fun to play through the pickup sometimes plus if I may notice, judging from your history there's no way for you not to end up in gypsy jazz band eventually.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • woodamandwoodamand Portland, OR✭✭✭ 2015 JWC Favino replica
    Posts: 226
    yeah, I miss being in a band...........but not running a band, you know? GJ/Swing etc that would work just dandy for me
  • It dampens the sound somewhat, as others have said. If you plan on being in a situation where you will be playing acoustic, pull the pickup off. I have a noisy restaurant gig where we need to amplify and the mag ended up being the best choice for the situation. It doesn't give me the most acoustic sound, but I can hear myself and don't have to put in a lot of effort to be heard (which I've dealt with in the past...no dynamics at all). Most of these pickups are temporary installations.
  • Al WatskyAl Watsky New JerseyVirtuoso
    Posts: 440
    A Lace Ultra Thin is small enough and light enough to have almost no effect on the acoustic tone. Sounds excellent. Doesn't cost a fortune. Not for the "historic reenactor" types but it has all the the right stuff sound wise , doesn't weigh much , which is key for the non muting and doesn't cost a fortune.
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