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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. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Functional (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup for any acoustic

By David Phoenix

from Charlotte, NC

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Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

I bought this in 1986 for my 1972 Martin D-18. I ran it through my Roland Jazz Chorus 50W and it sounded like... well... EXACTLY... like my guitar. It was awesome and dead accurate as far as I could discern.

The volume always worked for me. At the time, I wasn't aware enough with amplification to tell if it was volume or gain (as one reviewer said) but it did what I wanted... louder. Didn't sound outrageously distorted to me, but I used the amplifier mostly for volume change.
It is easily removable for those offended by its looks when not running amplified. It is a bit of a pain to get in there though, comes out much easier. And the cord is a little awkard. I used to use black electrician's tape to tape it to the (black) pickguard of my guitar.
I never had a lick of trouble with it almost 20 years.
A little pricy, but there's nothing better out there imho.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for clean Jazz guitar sounds!

By Armon Haumer

from Cleveland, OH Rock Capital of the World!

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWEET

By www.wilvanwinkle.com

from Houston, TX

Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

I bought one of these a while back, decided I liked it so much I had it permanently installed. I recorded with it as well as played live, after selling that guitar a while back (with the pick-up) I have yet to find anything I like as much. The only drawback I ever saw was the volume knob wasn't very responsve as others stated it was pretty much on or off. It worked from 7 to 10 (I used 7 to sound check, then rolled it up to 10 because so many audio engineers had no clue what to do with an acoustic in a live mix) I will be buyng a new one for upcoming acoustic shows.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Expected Quality

By Phatdon

from Rural ND

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I own one

By Guitar Bob

from New York

Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

This pickup was a christmas gift I received several years ago. It fit perfectly into my 1985 Takamini 12 String guitar. I had tried other pickups in the past but this one has given me the best natural sound out of them all. The only drawbacks are two things. The only place I could find for the cord was outside the guitar sound hole and sometimes I do bump the volume knob when I am playing. I had to turn the pickup upside down to bump it less often. I do have an Alvarez 6 string and it wouldn't fit in that sound hole, so make sure your mearure yours before buying. All in all it's a great pickup and it's true, it doesn't make any feedback.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review update on feedback

By David Phoenix

from Charlotte, NC

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Full Sound

By DuckdogSedona

from AZ

Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

I bought this for my Martin amd it sounds fantastic. Full rich tones. The oly negatives are a little buzzing at full volume, and it sits a little high and sometimes interferes with the strings.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Using the Ducan

By Rockin G

from San Jose Ca

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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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent pickup

    By Slickrick

    from Indiana

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    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very good sounding pick-up

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

      I bought this when I bought my Taylor 310. I thought it would hold me until I could get a system installed. Come to find out I don't need any other system. This works great. I have not had nothing but raves for the sound.The volume switch is useless, it doesn't ajust volume just gain, so I suggest a pre-amp for volume control without having to go to your amp for adjusting while playing. For the money this can't be beat.I am buying another for my older guitars.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Why I bought this

      By Greg12Strings

      from Naperville, IL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

        I have a piezo installed in all of my instruments, but grew tired of the harshness. I had a Seymour Duncan Woody and experimented with it and found I liked the warmth of a magnetic. The tube offered an advantage over the woody of having a volume control, which was the deciding factor. I hooked in the tube at the gig and was impressed by the warmth. I then plugged in the peizo and combined signals and found a great balance. Ultimately one or the other systems have some weakness, but in the end either a tube or a combo of tube and piezo worked for me.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Yes, I would buy this again.

        By Rockin' Ron

        from rockford, il

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Install clip/slide on connectors, not solder.

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

          My Fishman system in my bass died. The cost of replacing the Fishman was close to buying a new acoustic bass, so I had the idea of using the SA-1 Acoustic Pickup solder into the Fishman 1/4 jack as my replacement pickup. It worked! However, it would be nice if the SA-1 Acoustic Pickup came with clip on connections, and not solder, and that way the option of replacing the current pickup would be much cleaner and faster. Just an idea, but either way, I like the pickup.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome! !! got to have.

          By music man.

          from Lubbock, TX

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar Pickup

          By Dave J

          from Corning, NY

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          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!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Son Loves it!!!!!

          By NormaJean

          from Kentucky

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          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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very warm pickup

            By R.J.

            from Cotati, CA

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

            I bought the very first release of this pickup, it used to be called the SoundTube Humbucker, this one seems like a more stripped down hum cancelling version. They sound near the same, the volume knob is kind of a waste because there's not much range, just off and max. I had mine installed into a Takimine & Co. 12 string and I've heard nothing but raves about it since 1997.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very pleased with my SA-1

            By woodspark55-ciKSN

            from San Antonio, Tx.

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

            I have tried several different acoustic pickups and or mics, but I could never get the sound I wanted until I bought the SA-1. It was very easy to install and I was playing in just a few seconds. I would recommend this unit if you are looking for a quick and easy way to amplify your acoustic guitar and sound good.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            finger-picking good

            By jerry-fI-Bq

            from Mentor, OH

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

            ran it through a low-to-hi impedance matcher into direct box then to stage sound/mixer. beats piezos.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not what I expected at all

            By Gary

            from South Florida

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

            When it worked, the volume was so low as to be unusable for the most part. The springs that hold it to the sound hole are not strong enough to keep it from flopping about despite the fact that my soundhole is smaller than their max size. Their cord is pretty weird too. I'd think that you would be far better off cutting off the cable jack and installing an endpin jack. If I were SD I'd make a conversion kit or at least a special model with an endpin jack.Ultimately the end of the pickup became so loose, the tension wire fell out, and it sits in a drawer.STAY AWAY!!!

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