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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
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (3)
    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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    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.

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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.

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          (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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                (4 of 4 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.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent pickup

                By slickrick-QrzCY

                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.

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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.

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                  (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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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great pickup for any acoustic

                  By David Phoenix

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  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.

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