If you're thinking about buying an acoustic/electric guitar, or adding a pickup to your instrument - there are many quality choices. Maury plays 10-12 gigs a month and he's downright obsessive about his live tone.
In an effort to show you what these different acoustic guitar pickups truly sound like, Maury brought 4 Martins and his Bose PA system to Echo Back Sound in New Holland, PA. Engineer Dave Patterson recorded these guitars and pickups 3 different ways:
- guitar unplugged, mic'd in stereo
- pickup recorded direct to the computer
- pickup through the Bose PA system
Max Zug from TC Motion, Lancaster, PA, produced some great video footage of the session. Please click the links above to view these on our YouTube channel.
If you're considering using your new pickup system to record, the direct recordings are a great resource. If you'll be plugging in to an acoustic amp at home, or a PA at gigs/open mic nights, the recording of the Bose PA system will really help you hear the sound of the guitar pickups amplified & colored by speakers. Everything was recorded flat. With a little bit of EQ, all of these pickups can be dialed in to your tonal preference.
For best results, we recommend that you listen to these clips with a good set of headphones or monitors. We realize nothing is a substitute for hearing these pickups in person, but hopefully these audio clips will help you narrow down your choices. You can try these pickups in your own guitar RISK-FREE for 30 days! If you are at all unhappy with your new pickup, you can return it for a full refund (less shipping charges). All we ask is that you return it to us in the same condition that you received it. Please contact us if you have any questions about our return policy. Thank you.