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KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele

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The Kremona UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele is an essential upgrade for your acoustic-electric ukulele. Encased in lightweight tonewood, UK-1 e...Click To Read More About This Product

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Natural, detachable passive piezo pickup solution for your acoustic-electric ukulele.

The Kremona UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele is an essential upgrade for your acoustic-electric ukulele. Encased in lightweight tonewood, UK-1 ensures natural sounding amplification of your ukulele without modification to the instrument. Utilizing the tension of tuned strings, UK-1 installs safely and securely on the tie bar of most ukuleles and comes complete with a detachable, easily replaceable cable. When not in use, UK-1 may be left in place with no detriment to the instrument's acoustic sound.


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KNAUK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Functional (12)
  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

very good sound

I just received the pickup today and installed it on my Kamaka tenor. The UK-1 install in a few minutes and sound very good through my Fender Acoustasonic. The best part is that...Read complete review

I just received the pickup today and installed it on my Kamaka tenor. The UK-1 install in a few minutes and sound very good through my Fender Acoustasonic. The best part is that it is very easy to install and most of all, no modification to the instrument. I will mostly use it for recording directly to my mac and recommend it to any musician that want to install a pickup without drilling into your instrument or having to file the bridge saddle.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not purchase this again

I am giving this a 3 star only because it does perform well and sounds great. The main problem is that it is just too flimsy and breaks too easily. I read this in...Read complete review

I am giving this a 3 star only because it does perform well and sounds great. The main problem is that it is just too flimsy and breaks too easily. I read this in other reviews and figured I would still give it a shot since it would be less intrusive to install. I noticed it would probably break as soon as it was installed. I took great care to be careful, but the natural movement and environment on stage is just not conducive. It broke in the middle of a performance. I am going to mount a permanent pickup in it. I had it installed in the Dean ML Uke.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good sound

By figment

from Daytona Beach, FL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

    I just received the pickup today and installed it on my Kamaka tenor. The UK-1 install in a few minutes and sound very good through my Fender Acoustasonic. The best part is that it is very easy to install and most of all, no modification to the instrument. I will mostly use it for recording directly to my mac and recommend it to any musician that want to install a pickup without drilling into your instrument or having to file the bridge saddle.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Kremona ukulele pickup sounds great but is fragile

    By Woodlander

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

      I've bought two of these pickups, not because I have two ukuleles, but because the first one snapped off right where it passes under the strings when someone's foot momentarily snagged the instrument cord. The pickup sounds great, is very easy to install, and requires no modifications to the instrument. However, the body that holds the jack is suspended in mid-air, and the part that slides under the strings is necessarily thin, so it is a fragile device. The cord supplied with the pickup is low quality and shouldn't be used except to try the pickup out, or in an emergency. I tried using mine, but it didn't last through my second gig. All that said, however, I recommend this pickup, as it sounds as good as any other pickup I've tried, doesn't require drilling holes in the ukulele, and is very reasonably priced. Just be careful that the cord either has some kind of strain relief or is religiously kept away from people walking across the stage.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great product!

      By FishCastle

      from Landenberg. Pa. USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

        Requires no damage or alteration to instrument and looks like part of the bridge. Sounds as good as any under-saddle pickup. Why didn't I think of this?

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just as advertised!

        By Mikey D

        from Wake Forest, NC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

            I was pleased at the sound quality of this acoustic pickup. The instructions in the video were clear and accurate, making installation a breeze. I would caution users to loosen all of the strings properly to avoid putting pressure on the wooden extension as you slide it into place. it is very thin. Proper installation took 5 minutes. Can't comment on durability, but it seems well built.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Watch out for feedback

            By Tom Packlick

            from Texas

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                Works great with clean amplifier settings. I hooked it up to a Fender Mustang; and effects such as echo, re verb and tremolo work fine.

                It howls with feedback if you use an overdrive effect.

                Overall, it works as advertised and is simple to install.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Finally, a user installable uke pickup!

                By Bob from CTH

                from New Hampshire

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                  Very easy to install and use, good even sound quality. I tried this out on 2 very different ukes and the pickup worked well on both. My only comments would be that it would be easier to use if the 1/8" jack would have been the standard 1/4" which would have allowed for a heavier gauge cord to reduce some surface noise, not a deal breaker but that would be my personal preference.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent

                  By Guitarman 15

                  from Wisconsin

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                    Works great, accurate sounds reproduction, easy installation.

                     
                    3.0

                    I would not purchase this again

                    By Brack_Frag

                    from St Louis

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                    I am giving this a 3 star only because it does perform well and sounds great. The main problem is that it is just too flimsy and breaks too easily. I read this in other reviews and figured I would still give it a shot since it would be less intrusive to install. I noticed it would probably break as soon as it was installed. I took great care to be careful, but the natural movement and environment on stage is just not conducive. It broke in the middle of a performance. I am going to mount a permanent pickup in it. I had it installed in the Dean ML Uke.

                     
                    1.0

                    I would like to buy this product but!!

                    By Spyder Legs

                    from Australia

                    Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                    How does one secure/use this device on a Uke that has pegs to secure the strings to the saddle??

                     
                    5.0

                    Innovative, easy and non-invasive

                    By HenryK

                    from South Coast, Massachusetts

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                    • A little tricky to install but not hard.

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Home Recording
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                    I've been searching for a transducer solution for a vintage Kamaka transducer uke for a long time. After seeing this product and watching some reviews on YouTube I decided to give it a try. It was a little tricky to install on my Kamaka (C string is metal), but I got it on there and it works great. It is sensitive so you will want to avoid brushing against it while playing to avoid unintended sounds, but I'm really satisfied. I record with a mic or this unit depending on ambient conditions, etc. I have no complaints thus far. I bought a second one for another uke I have and it sounds equally great.

                     
                    5.0

                    I highly recommend this pickup.

                    By Chuck

                    from Minnesota

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                      It's really neat to amplify my uke and also to get reverb and tremolo.

                      The sound quality is excellent.

                      It took about 10 minutes to install without modifying my uke in any way.

                       
                      4.0

                      Piezo of cake to install

                      By Pablo

                      from Phoenix

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                      Pros

                      • Brainless installation!
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                      • Prefer1/8"M to1/4"F cord

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                      A piezo p/u is a piezo p/u. You're going to have 'cord noise' and they are prone to feedback. Velcro the cord and EQ out the feedback (while remembering not to point the sound hole at your amp). Sure beats drilling holes in your uke!

                       
                      4.0

                      Just right for amplification of any ukulele.

                      By Brucie

                      from Holland MI

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Efficient
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performance on stage
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                        This pickup for amplifying the sound of any ukulele is reasonably priced, easy to install, and remarkably efficient in producing a sweet sound signal for an amplifier. Without altering the structure of the ukulele, without batteries, without hidden wiring, this pickup slips neatly between the strings at the bridge. It seems fragile with the cable plug hanging out where it could be smashed, and it picks up all touching or movement of the ukulele, so the cable is fastened to my ukulele by a rubber clip that isolates the pickup from the rest of the cable going to the amplifier. I like this more than the powered preamp pickup that came with my ukulele.

                         
                        4.0

                        Fabulous sound, too delicate

                        By sporter323

                        from La Grande, Oregon

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                        Pros

                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                        • Delicate

                        Best Uses

                        • Vintage Instruments

                        Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                        I loved the sound picked up by this pickup! It was natural and solid as a rock. The device itself is not so. It cantilevers out of the bridge area onto the front of the baritone ukulele and in hindsight I should have shored it up under there. I stepped on the cord on the bandstand (the dark!) and cracked it dead. It had the greatest sound and I did not have to alter my instrument. It was easy to install. It is just too delicate for my working situation. Darn! Operator error, I suppose.

                         
                        5.0

                        Good sound, easy install

                        By Jan

                        from Silver City, NM

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                          Very easy to install, sounds great. By necessity light weight and thin. Use care when handling

                           
                          4.0

                          Small size big sound

                          By Doc.

                          from Discovery Bay

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                            Best to install the small but handsome pick up while you are installing new strings,as it must fit securely under them and on the bridge.

                             
                            5.0

                            great sound / easy install

                            By Piano Man

                            from Italy, TX

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about KNA UK-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Ukulele:

                              Sounds great, easy to use, what more could you ask for? To put it on, you have to loosen all your strings until they are sagging off your uke. Then you slide it under the string knots on the bridge. So you have to go through the hastle to getting your uke back in tune, but that is much easier than drilling holes, etc. that may be required with alternative methods of installing a pick-up. Once you've got it in place, it works great.

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