Soundhole pickup for Oval Hole - anyone using?

constantineconstantine New York✭✭✭✭ stringphonic
Is anyone using a soundhole pickup like a single coil, humbucker or seymour duncan woody for their oval hole? I would like to, but there is only 1/2 inch clearance max under the strings and a normal pickup is too wide to snap into the narrow sound hole. I suppose I could put the pickup in the soundhole facing up and attached with velcro or something. Anyone try that?

Piezos and tranducers sound awful in my guitar (tried shertler basik and K&K) and Im worried about feedback with a microphone because half of my gigs require some pretty large volume.

Thanks - Con


  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,748
    I can think of at least one well-known fellow...

  • constantineconstantine New York✭✭✭✭ stringphonic
    Posts: 454
    ouch! no doubt a man with many gyspy guitars!
  • djangologydjangology Portland, OregonModerator
    Posts: 1,001
    Interesting but a Stimer fits perfect on a Cigano CG-10 guitar and so for $400 + cost of stimer you would have a nice electric setup.
  • A.K. KibbenA.K. Kibben Tucson AZ USANew
    Posts: 217
    We have used AKG C1000S, and I just bought a Rode NT3 Condenser...
    We do large indoor and outdoor venues with no feed back problems...
    Got a great sound man though! Even when we play clubs our guitars are loud over the noise with our system...
    I am sold on the Rode NT3... (Phantom or 48V)
    My favorite mic!
    (Great in the studio also)
    You can work it where as a sound hole mic like a Shure Beta 98 are tough for me in my opinion. I know a lot of players like them though.
    I have used it through my old Polytone with a line transformer with fantastic results with out a PA...
    Mic placement is everything!

    Here are photo's of my Frankenselmer with a HS2N Humbucker...
    Robin put his in a China Dell"Artre...
    The truss rod extends to far to put the Humbucker any closer to the finger board. Hence blocking the sound hole...
    The Gitane will allow you to get closer after removing the last fret of the finger board...
    Here are photo's of mine...
    (I wouldn't butcher a high end Sel-Mac)

    Go with a Rode NT3 In my opinion if you have a good PA...
    BigTone or similar through your amp if no monitors...

  • Charlie AyersCharlie Ayers Salt Lake CityProdigy
    Posts: 285
    I haven't tried one, but some of the performers at DFNW were using Audio Technic Pro-70 soundhole mics with great results.

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