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Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System  

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Overview
  • This pickup/preamp is compatible with the Pro-EQ preamp
  • Advanced, proprietary copolymer sensor pickup
  • Enhanced pickup reproduces a very accurate sonic snapshot of both the strings and the soundboard
Description & Specs
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    $185.00
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The heart of the system is the pickup itself.

The Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System's patented design solves the age-old problems of string balance, string spacing and wire-hole placement. That means you can use this pickup on virtually any acoustic guitar.

Martin crafts the Thinline pickup using a highly sensitive copolymer specifically formulated for it. The short distance from the undersaddle pickup to its internally mounted preamp maintains signal integrity. The preamp is designed for guitars that are amplified at high volumes, especially full-size guitars.

The Martin Gold+Plus Pickup is voiced to control boominess and to provide extra brightness. Recommended for musicians in situations where the guitar needs to stand out and sound natural without feedback. The Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Pickup's preamp circuitry gives a battery life of up to 12,000 hours.

Features
  • This pickup/preamp is compatible with the Pro-EQ preamp
  • Advanced, proprietary copolymer sensor pickup
  • Enhanced pickup reproduces a very accurate sonic snapshot of both the strings and the soundboard
  • Smooth, natural, transparent response
 
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MartinThinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      no hassel, dropped right in.

      By Gary

      from vero beach, Fl

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

        It's got Martin's name on it. I would expect no less than Great.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lived Up to the Ad

        By Flat Pickin' Creeker

        from Goose Creek, North Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

          I bought this to install in my 1973 vintage D-18. Since it had the 'Martin' name on it, I was confident it was a 'quality' item. The only problem I encountered installing it was the thickness of the end block where the strap pin goes. The threads on the pickup were not long enough to reach through it and I had to make a reverse counterbore and remove .2 inch from the inside of the end block. Unless you're very resourceful, I recommend professional installation. The sound of the pickup is unbelieveable. Pure 'Martin' throughout the range! I have played it through my Fender amp, and through the church's PA system and it is fantastic either way. I wish the strap pin had been a little better designed. It has a very narrow groove, and not a lot of diameter to keep the strap from coming off the pin.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best bang for the bucks

          By richard aenchbacher

          from Evans,Ga.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              This is the best pre amp pick up you can use on any accoustic guitar.High quality accoustic sound with no hum at all.Just make sure you install it properly.Take your time,its not that hard. you will have to lower the saddle height to compensate for the pick up strip,it is very important to keep the bottom of the saddle very flat! It will effect the way it balances out the string sound. I love this product, and use it on four guitars.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              jjb

              By MS308143017

              from Central NJ

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              I installed this pickup in my 35 year old Ovation Custom Balladeer. The pickup was about 2 ml. longer than the saddle, so I had to lengthen the saddle slot slightly. The installation was fairly easy. Just follow the instructions, paying special attention to the condition of your existing saddle slot and the distance of the pickup wire from the string, as stated in the instructions. Also, be sure that you're not drilling into the bracing of the guitar. One thing to consider for Ovations, is that there is no wooden block to mount the jack to, because of the fiberglass-type body of these guitars. This creates a concern with regard to the support of the jack and the possibility of cracking the guitar's body by yanking too hard on the jack when removing your guitar cord. I preferred to not mount the jack in the existing hole for the strap button, but drilled a separate hole, instead. I installed a wooden block inside the body and then mounted the jack to that in order to provide more support. tMy guitar resulted in real good balance among all strings with no noise.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Superb pickup

              By Glenn-Abk3X

              from California

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              I've used this pickup in my Goodall Rosewood Standard guitar for about 8 years now. It's the best acoustic guitar pickup I've ever used. I run it through an LR Baggs Para DI and then into the house PA.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Diggin' my Thinline

              By Joe O'Malley

              from Seattle, WA.

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              I just installed a new Thinline Gold+Plus Natural II on my Taylor 314-LTD. Since body shape and wood have so much to do with what an acoustic guitar sounds like (especially when adding a pick-up) I thought I'd say that this is a Grand Auditorium guitar, with a Spruce top, and Koa back and sides. Its tone tends to be a little brighter than the bigger-body guitars, but still has a punchy bottom end.Pick-ups I've owned before (that didn't sound good to my ear): a K&K Pure Western soundboard transducer (I installed one of these on my band mates older Yamaha and it sounds great), and an L. R. Baggs M-1 Active soundhole pick-up. Both are good pick-ups, but to my ear didn't sound good with my particular guitar--way too thin and "woody". In the music store I've also tried a wide variety from Fishman to Seymour-Duncan, and always been disappointed. I like a good microphone, but being the leader of the band I need to move around too much to make it work.So I decided to try an under-saddle pick-up to see how it compared, and I'm very pleased. Depending on what I'm playing through I'll get the "piezo quack" (which for some songs I actually like) or a surprisingly natural reproduction of my guitar's sound. If I go into the "DYN" input on my Schertler Unico I get quack, but through the "STAT" input I get the most natural sound I've been able to get so far--very nice. Interestingly, I also get a great natural sound going into the reverb channel on my '69 Fender Bandmaster Reverb. The pick-up can be a bit "Bassy", and so I need to dial the bass down a bit and the treble up, but once I got the settings right I was very pleased with the results: good string balance and a nice, natural sound, with the choice to go "quacky" if I want to. String noise could be an issue, too, so it's important to play cleanly to get a crisp, clear soundThe bottom line: this is the best pick-up for my guitar I've tried yet. I've been looking to quell my "amplification frustration" around my acoustic guitar for 6 or 7 years now. I gave it a "3" for Features simply because there are no onboard controls (which can be handy), and because soldering is required to install it. That just comes with the territory.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Super Picker

              By John Wofford-3M22d

              from Spartanburg, S.C.

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              I bought this pickup for my Epiphone Dove. All I can say about the product is SUPER, SUPER, SUPER. The instructions suggest letting a professional to install it but if you can drill a hole you can install it without any problems.The sound is great with the exception of it is a little too treble for my taste. But turning down the treble and up on the bass on the amp just a little corrected this problem.The main reason I wanted this pickup was to be able to plug straight into my Korg D888 Recorder so I could record the guitar without having to mike it. The same problem with being too treble for my taste is there but is also correctable with the treble and bass buttons on the recorder. For super sound and easy installation you can't go wrong with the Martin Thinline Pickup!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Suprisingly Bright!

              By Gambit1

              from Whittier, CA

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              I bought this pickup not knowing what I was getting into, I'm barely learning to do guitar work for myself. Not one for reading installation instructions, I had a little trouble with installation, but once installed and plugged in, it sounded beautiful! Bright, clean, nice lows, balanced mids, very professional sounding. I have a cheap Epiphone that I put this thing on, the sound is unmatched.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent!

              By Music4Him

              from Roanoke, VA

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              What else can you say about a product that works exactly as advertised! I installed in a Washburn dreadnought - it fit perfect and the sound could not be more balanced or clear - plenty of output. Download the manual and check the bridge recommendations. If the bridge slot is large enough and you have a decent amount of angle on the strings from bridge to pin hole then this is the pickup to buy! I am placing another order today to go in a Blueridge.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfection!

              By NewSwede-ufXNz

              from Chicago / Sweden

              Comments about Martin Thinline Gold+Plus Acoustic Pickup System:

              I had this installed in an Alvarez Jumbo Acoustic about 8yrs ago. I was going to get the cheaper version & the tech wouldn't sell it to me! Made me save for this one and I'm glad he did. Can't really say it sounds good...because it doesn't change a thing to my tone. Just does what it's supposed to and lets me plug in. Great product.

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