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Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup  

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The Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup produces true acoustic response and natural sound. Stack hum-canceling design. Extremely feedback resistant. ...Read More

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The Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup produces true acoustic response and natural sound. Stack hum-canceling design. Extremely feedback resistant. Plugs straight into various mixers, amps, PAs. The SA-1's volume knob on pickup in easy reach for changing volume during performance. A breeze to install. For use with bronze-wound strings.

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Seymour DuncanSA-1 Acoustic Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (3)
    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for clean Jazz guitar sounds!

    First off, Musicians Friend is awesome. They ship out fast & oftentimes give big discounts...

    I hooked it into my Breedlove acoustic, and into my Yamaha THR10,...Read complete review

    First off, Musicians Friend is awesome. They ship out fast & oftentimes give big discounts...

    I hooked it into my Breedlove acoustic, and into my Yamaha THR10, & the sound is almost exactly like the guitar when unplugged.

    Nice treble, bass & mids (the frequency range is nice & flat).

    Yes, it will produce unwanted transients (feedback) if you are close to an amp with the volume cranked up sky-high.

    I use a Fender Rumble 350 amp head (solid state) for ALL amplified jazz guitars (including my archtop AND my acoustic with the SA-1).
    The amp has headroom and an extremely clean sound (more suited toward jazz guitar playing).

    Depending on the amp or pre-amp, some quack is possible, especially on a thinner hollow guitar.
    Since I use the Fender Rumble head, the SA-1 will not produce quack.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Using the Ducan

    I found it hard to position and it needed some bending of the support tabs to get it deeper in the sound hole so the pic,fingers and strings do not touch it.The cable...Read complete review

    I found it hard to position and it needed some bending of the support tabs to get it deeper in the sound hole so the pic,fingers and strings do not touch it.The cable (should include some of that stick putty to hold it out of the way). it Sounds great and using it through my SWR Californa Blonde very "acoustic" sound. over all pleased but having to work with it to get it right.lol nothing is easy, it if was everyone would be doing it.

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    3.0

    Using the Ducan

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Hard To Adjust And Positi

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

      I found it hard to position and it needed some bending of the support tabs to get it deeper in the sound hole so the pic,fingers and strings do not touch it.The cable (should include some of that stick putty to hold it out of the way). it Sounds great and using it through my SWR Californa Blonde very "acoustic" sound. over all pleased but having to work with it to get it right.lol nothing is easy, it if was everyone would be doing it.

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      5.0

      awesome! !! got to have.

      By music man.

      from Lubbock, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

            Clear sound , just like it was made for the guitar. No feed back or distortion noises.

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            4.0

            What you would expect.

            By Manopicker2

            from Smithville, AR

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

            This pickup is easy to install. Would recommend connecting it to an end pin jack on the guitar. Sounds pretty good. Have to turn the amp up to get to an acceptable volume level.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            works on the right guitar

            By tbird55

            from north carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                would work good if the strings did not hit the top of it.i called MF and they told me to turn it over this only made it worse.i have a taylor guitar and it will not work on it.might work good on other guitars.

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                5.0

                Great Guitar Pickup

                By Dave J

                from Corning, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Difficult to install

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                Installed the SA-1 in my Fender 12-String Acoustic Guitar. Had some difficulty getting it into the sound hole. Had to loosen all the strings to allow the bar to go in flat under the strings and push straight down. Once in, it fit very secure. Next 30 min spent retuning the guitar. I like the short cable with a guitar jack allowing the pickup to remain permanent. The sound is great, and the sound control has an ample range working with the gain on the amp. Overall, very pleased!

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                5.0

                My Son Loves it!!!!!

                By NormaJean

                from Kentucky

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                  Just loves it!

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for clean Jazz guitar sounds!

                  By Armon Haumer

                  from Cleveland, OH Rock Capital of the World!

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • No Battery Needed
                  • No Buzzing
                  • Not Quacky
                  • Similar To Jazz Humbucker

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Jazz Applications

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                  First off, Musicians Friend is awesome. They ship out fast & oftentimes give big discounts...

                  I hooked it into my Breedlove acoustic, and into my Yamaha THR10, & the sound is almost exactly like the guitar when unplugged.

                  Nice treble, bass & mids (the frequency range is nice & flat).

                  Yes, it will produce unwanted transients (feedback) if you are close to an amp with the volume cranked up sky-high.

                  I use a Fender Rumble 350 amp head (solid state) for ALL amplified jazz guitars (including my archtop AND my acoustic with the SA-1).
                  The amp has headroom and an extremely clean sound (more suited toward jazz guitar playing).

                  Depending on the amp or pre-amp, some quack is possible, especially on a thinner hollow guitar.
                  Since I use the Fender Rumble head, the SA-1 will not produce quack.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent pickup

                  By slickrick-QrzCY

                  from Indiana

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                    I was getting 60 cycle hum with my Duncan Performer Maverick soundhole pickup in one venue where I play frequently, so was looking for a humbucking pickup. This one had great reviews, so I bought it. It sounds great is is dead quiet.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Expected Quality

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                    Fit the sound hole of my Epiphone DR-212 snugly. Cord is long enough to reach the end pin and stay out of the way while playing. Volume knob mounted ot the top of the PUP is easy to work with the thumb and the indicator numbers on it are easy enough to read even with my old eyes!
                    No frills add-on acoustic pickup. Volume control, external cable and ability to keep the cord attached via the strap pin on the back of the guitar. What more do you really need?
                    It's a Seymour Duncan! That says it all!
                    Quality pickup at a fair price.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Review update on feedback

                    By David Phoenix

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

                    I just saw a review on another soundhole pickup that mentioned feedback. When I first got this (and my Roland Jazz Chorus) I didn't even realize that one could get feedback through an amp'd guitar.

                    But it didn't matter because I NEVER had ANY feedback problem at all with this pickup and my amp... or even a mid 1990's Randall Tube Pro that I picked up early in the 2000's.

                    I never could find anything musically even marginal about this pickup. Just a little tricky to get in the hole until you get used to it. But that has to be true of any soundhole pickup. And, fwiw, I feel like the soundhole pickup is the most realistic amplification of an acoustic guitar. I had a higher level (Legend, I think) mid 1980's Ovation 12-string with built in electronics. And while good... it wasn't quite as good as this pickup imho.

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