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Arizona Michael

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Mar 26th, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

So, I'm looking for a soundhole PUP for my lefty fender. I notice that all I can find have the wire from the pick-up hanging from the right side, as to dangle straight down (for righty players). Of course, that's unusable for us lefties. I asked Seymour Duncan and they told me that all of theirs are like that and they are asked about it every so often but have no plans of making a lefty version because the demand isn't large enough (sound familiar?). I know I can go with an under saddle pick-up but those cost about 3X more than a soundhole PUP. Anyone else encountered this? Solutions? It's cool to be a lefty, but it's also frustrating and expensive, with limited choices. Grrrrrrrrrr

(This message was last edited by Arizona Michael at 02:40 PM, Mar 26th, 2018)

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Mar 28th, 2018 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

It’s the same way with pickups in electric guitars. They come out the “wrong” side of the pickup for a lefty installation. It just means some extra lead routing. No big deal.

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superstar
Mar 28th, 2018 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Check out the K&K Pure Mini pickup.

These sound great, and no fiddling around with sound-hole foolishness.

Plus, you can easily install it yourself using the included instructions, online tutorials, and a little tube of gel CA adhesive (Superglue).

PLUS, shop around...the K&K Pure Mini is only $100.

I've installed more than 10 of these in various guitars. The players love them for their balanced, natural sound.

Unless you're playing through a dedicated acoustic amplifier (e.g., AER, Fishman, etc.), you'll probably need a preamp for the K&K. Ideally the preamp will be looking for a 1Kohm (1,000 Ohms) input impedance. K&K sells preamps, but that adds cost.

However, if you have an EQ pedal like a Boss GE7, that's ideal too.

K&K Pure Mini

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Mar 29th, 2018 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

LR Baggs makes their M1 Active soundhole pickup in a lefty version. It's not cheap ($189 at MF via the link above), but I have one, and I think it sounds excellent. Can be permanently wired up via the body strap button...

...if you're just looking for a soundhole pickup that pops in and out - yeah, that's a lot tougher for lefties. I dealt with that for years as well (with both Lawrence and Schaller soundhole pickups).

LR Baggs M1 Active lefty

Texican

Cypress, TX

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Apr 2nd, 2018 05:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a fan of K&K's Pure Mini. I have one in my Huss & Dalton OM, running it through an older Red Eye preamp. Furthermore, my '04 J-45 Rosewood has a factory installed Fishman Active Matrix in it, but I'm seriously considering replacing it with a Pure Mini. The only reason I haven't done it yet is that I don't play the J-45RW out enough to warrant the expense. However, that may soon change as a friend is hosting a monthly open mic, where I want to use the J-45RW more often.

BTW, my Rickenbacker 730S has an LR Baggs iMix in it.

Red Eye Preamp

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Apr 25th, 2018 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

"LR Baggs makes their M1 Active soundhole pickup in a lefty version."

That's what I use. I works great and sounds great.

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