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Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup 

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The sweet sound of silence.

The Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup uses Stack technology to deliver full-bodied tone without noise or hum and fits any acoustic guitar with a soundhole diameter of 3.85" to 4.1". If you have to play near neon signs or fluorescent lights, the Woody HC is the Seymour Duncan pickup to get for your acoustic guitar.

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Seymour DuncanWoody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (29)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Functional (24)
  • Improves sound (17)

Cons

  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (24)
  • Concerts (15)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (8), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I am very impressed!

This pickup sounds great in comparison to my Dean Markley Pro Mag which always sounded somewhat thin and "tinny" even when it was new. The Woody HC seems to be very balanced...Read complete review

This pickup sounds great in comparison to my Dean Markley Pro Mag which always sounded somewhat thin and "tinny" even when it was new. The Woody HC seems to be very balanced and brings out all the natural sounds of my Sigma 6-string and Goya 12-string.
I plugged it into my GNX4 workstation then into the power amp input of my Marshall combo and went through all the 16 or so acoustic presets that I have for a couple of hours and they all sounded excellent! There was no hum or buzz whatsoever. Even when using compression, chorusing, delay and reverb effects, the Woody HC sounded just like I would have hoped! I will probably only have to tweak one or two of the presets to get them to sound like I want. Even when using the GNX4's 8-track recorder, the Woody sounded good. I think the Woody would even do well miked to a PA in a small venue.
What impressed me as soon as I took it out of the bag is that it is made with a heavy-duty instrument cable by Rapcohorizon that's almost as thick as the Horizon cables I use on my electrics. (The cable on the Pro Mag isn't as nearly as sturdy.) The foam pads that hold it in place are of good quality and it stays put however you position it.
One word of caution: Since it is a 'stacked' pickup it is 1/4-inch thicker than the Pro Mag, and therefore it takes some practice to position it into the soundhole. You almost have to use both hands and take your time. The instructions say that it will fit a soundhole as small as 3.75 inches. That is the same size as my 12-string's soundhole and it was a tight fit. (I guess you can always remove one of the foam pads to make it easier.)
All things considered: For my needs and level of playing, I thought this was a great buy! I would recommend this pickup to anyone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor function, guitar damage

I have an 1979 Ovation Custom Balladeer with a sound hole a bit smaller than 4" and no electronics, so I thought I'd give this a try. I gently installed it per the...Read complete review

I have an 1979 Ovation Custom Balladeer with a sound hole a bit smaller than 4" and no electronics, so I thought I'd give this a try. I gently installed it per the instructions. The fit was a bit tight for my liking, but an uninstall/reinstall didn't seem to hurt anything so I left it in the guitar. Then a quick test through a practice amp to ensure it worked. The output seemed low, but I figured it was just the amp.

By the time I had a serious use for the guitar during a recording session, the MF 45 day return limit had expired or I surely would have returned it...

- Very low output: When running line-in to a mixer, I had to turn the trim 3/4 of the way up to obtain a decent level. At that high a setting, this thing hums very loudly.
- Short cord (15'): I obviously knew there was no jack in the pickup when I ordered it, but there should be. The cord is just the right length to get in the way when carrying the guitar, putting it into a case etc, but too short for any practical purpose without using an extension cable. So, you get the WORST of both worlds there. I doubt you'll want to be constantly yanking this in/out to avoid these situations (see below why).
- The sound is what I'd describe as very muddy and flat compared to miking using a dynamic microphone. When played normally, the sound from this guitar is very full and bright. This pickup totally kills that, and applying an EQ was no help.

On the spot in a recording session, I decided to remove it and go back to a microphone. Though I was very careful, it took off about an inch of the finish on the upper inside of the sound hole, GAH! If you're using this pickup, you'd be well advised to remove it as soon as you're through playing, or likely expect the same result once it "settles in".

All other issues I've described aside, The only things this pickup accomplished for me is guitar damage and being out money on something I'd never dare attempt to use again.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as it gets

Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

I can recommend this Woody HC without reservation to any acoustic player desiring to amplify the instrument without modifying it.
I currently own a bunch of guitars, including: 80's Fender Strat and Tele, '63 Gibson ES330, Carvin DC135 (yumm!), Martin, Taylor, Takamine, and a cute little 1963 Sears Silvertone,. Four of these guys get played weekly and my best acoustic gets played daily. I use a B-band UST in two acoustics, and an L.R. Baggs Gig-pro pre-amp with a sound hole pick-up in one, and bought this Seymore Duncan Woody HC to amplify my Big Baby Taylor. Truly, I am amazed! The HC is quiet, actually noiseless, run through my Fender Acoustasonic. It installs easily. Once in the the sound hole it is adjustable. The foam used to wedge the pickup into the sound hole is high quality and there is enough give in the foam to allow you to move the HC closer to or further away from the treble strings or bass strings or both. This might seem like a little detail, but then details often make the difference. A very simple but effective idea. And a fourteen foot cord to boot! I have used MF for more years than I can remember and I could not be happier with their prices, the excellent shipping and customer service.
Very good quality
Very good value

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am very impressed!

By Gib

from Oklahoma City, OK

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Installation Takes Time

Best Uses

  • Home use
  • Practicing

Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

This pickup sounds great in comparison to my Dean Markley Pro Mag which always sounded somewhat thin and "tinny" even when it was new. The Woody HC seems to be very balanced and brings out all the natural sounds of my Sigma 6-string and Goya 12-string.
I plugged it into my GNX4 workstation then into the power amp input of my Marshall combo and went through all the 16 or so acoustic presets that I have for a couple of hours and they all sounded excellent! There was no hum or buzz whatsoever. Even when using compression, chorusing, delay and reverb effects, the Woody HC sounded just like I would have hoped! I will probably only have to tweak one or two of the presets to get them to sound like I want. Even when using the GNX4's 8-track recorder, the Woody sounded good. I think the Woody would even do well miked to a PA in a small venue.
What impressed me as soon as I took it out of the bag is that it is made with a heavy-duty instrument cable by Rapcohorizon that's almost as thick as the Horizon cables I use on my electrics. (The cable on the Pro Mag isn't as nearly as sturdy.) The foam pads that hold it in place are of good quality and it stays put however you position it.
One word of caution: Since it is a 'stacked' pickup it is 1/4-inch thicker than the Pro Mag, and therefore it takes some practice to position it into the soundhole. You almost have to use both hands and take your time. The instructions say that it will fit a soundhole as small as 3.75 inches. That is the same size as my 12-string's soundhole and it was a tight fit. (I guess you can always remove one of the foam pads to make it easier.)
All things considered: For my needs and level of playing, I thought this was a great buy! I would recommend this pickup to anyone.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great PU for an acoustic guitar

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Works Great For 12 String

Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

Installed this in my 12 string really quick and was playing in minutes. Great sound, obviously not as powerful as pickups on a LP or Strat but, you wouldn't want that anyway. Seymour Duncan did a really super job on this one, it sounds Great,looks Great and it super easy to install, what more could you want and, the price is nice. You might think the cord will be in the way, just let it hang down a little and tuck it between your strap and guitar and, you're good to go. You could use a little piece of clear book tape and possibly secure it to the pickguard if you so desired but, it really isn't necessary. The cable is not as thick as a monster cable and is very flexable, the length is good too. This is just what I was looking for to electrify my 12 string.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good value, well made

By 2birds

from Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Heavy Duty Cord
  • Quiet
  • Well Made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Use With Eq Pre Amp

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

    Imperative to know what you're getting in a passive pick up. It functions best with a pre amp and equalizer. The Woody met my expectations. Rather than cannibalize my 43 year old Gibson with an installed pick up, I find this a reasonable alternative. It performs well, I really like the heavy cable and quality of the pick up. It replaced my Markley HC because it's built better (sturdier) and looks natural. I would recommend this pick up with the caviat that you must know what to expect from a passive pick up. The EQ helps recoup some of the lost natural acoustic sound, also provides pre amp. Very good value for the money.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I prefer this to a piezo and here's why.

    By Adtomix

    from Texas

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

        I have a hard time giving a good performance live if I don't like the sound of my acoustic guitar, so I have been experimenting with different pickups to get something that sounds good to me. I know that you will never achieve the nice sound of your guitar like when you record in a studio, but I can't stand to hear the sound of the under saddle piezo pickups. That "quacky" sound is pure retch.

        So far, I have been happiest with this little pickup. Appearance wise, it isn't perfect, and doesn't match my guitar's wood color, but the sound is much better to me live. I had to trim off some of the "wings" on the pickup to fit my guitar, and I also bought an end pin jack and wired it up so all I have to do is plug it in with a regular cable now.

        Now when I play live, I have a sound that is (to my ears) far superior to the under saddle, and makes me feel like I am playing an acoustic. I typically run this into an LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp so that I can EQ my sound as needed, and you WILL want to be able to do this for your sound as well.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Pick-up!!!!!

        By Guitar Lady-dVoPa

        from Traverse City, Mi.

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        Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

        You will not believe what you get for your money with this amazing pick-up! I just got it and I tried it in 2 Acoustic Washburns and 1 Conn and it is deep, rich, even full tone that has the acoustic still sounding like one, but louder. I have not bought a new pick-up in 25 years (the DeMarzio is still going strong). This pick-up is even better than the reviews I read. It is heavy and you have to take it easy as you fit it in the sound hole, but it fits tight and the wood look compliments any guitar. The chords and jack are a heavy/strong/thick chord that will not fall apart. I sure will not have to replace the jack end like have have had to do with the DeMarzio(its only flaw). This pick-up sounds better than the built-in pick-up I have in one of my expensive Washburns! The finger picking and strumming are clear, bright and even without being piercing. It is deep without being muddy,clean and not tinny. Well with the money and it was not expensive as pick-ups go. I would recommend it to a pro as well as a non-pro. If the chord is in the way a bit, just shift pick-up a fraction of an inch ind the sound hole--problem gone! Way to go Seymour Duncan! Fine, fine product! Many thanks. Keep up the good work!!! And "Yes" I am a working professional musician and have been for 40 year.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Seymour Duncan HC Hum-Canceling Pickup

        By Anthony Brown

        from Austin, Texas

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        Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

        I have used this pickup for a few months in my home studio and am pleased with its overall performance. As mentioned previously, EQ adjustments are in order to dial in a balanced sound. Once the adjustments are made however, this pickup performs very well for my Martin D custom Mohogany. It picks up all the strings well, and the sound is clean and natural. A good buy for the price.
        The wood grain matches well with my guitar, and is pleasantly understated and less noticiable when playing. The 14' cord is plenty long enough. The foam holds up nicely after repeated use.
        This pickup is solid, and provides no hum as promised. Even with the pickup set in the soundhole as instructed to reduce the top end, I still had to boost the low end and cut the top end when used in my Martin D Custom Mahogany to get a balanced sound, which I did not expect to be a problem.
        For the price, it's a good buy. This pickup performs as expected. No noise when recording, but is a bit light on the bottom end, and a bit strong on the top end for my taste. Simple EQ adjustments can balance the sound nicely though.

        (3 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Wrong product

        By BradleyScott

        from Redmond, Oregon

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        Pros

        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Not For Nylon Strings
        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

          I might of missed it, but I don't recall there being any mention of this pickup only working for steel strings. I had to cut it a bit to fit and then there was no amplification at all. Local guitar store showed me that it works fine, but not with nylon classical strings. Disappointing!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Am COMPLETELY Satisfied!!

          By NewRogueFan

          from Virginia

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          Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

          I own several electric guitars: one solid body, one semi-hollow. But neither give me the amplified sound of an acoustic. I just received this item from MF. I inserted it into the sound hole of my acoustic 12-string, and plugged it into my amp. The connecting wire length gives you more than enough play.) I will say that it took a bit of amp "tweaking" to get the sound I was listening for. But when I did... the sound was sweet... rich... deep... full... and no hum or static! I am COMPLETELY satisfied with this purchase. I cannot imagine that you will be disappointed. Also, Musicians Friends gives you 45 days to decide... but you will become a believer in 45 seconds.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice

          By Jhon R

          from North Carolina, U.S.

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup:

          The only thing that really bugs me is that it's kind of in the way of strumming, but it is only a preference thing. With finger picking though, it sounds perfect, every note clear. Strumming sounds very natural as well, just harder for me to do comfortably.
          It's basic, which was what I was looking for. The foam that clings to the soundhole is great! I was worried it would get torn apart with how much I planned to take it in and out, but it's holding up great.
          It has a nice balance. I usually keep the low end closer to the strings, it sounds perfect. It's about as close to the natural sound as you could get. It's a bit quiet for me though, I have to turn up the volume all the way up to really hear it, but that could very well be the huge space I practice in.
          I don't know what a good price for this would be, I didn't look around much. I knew I wanted seymore duncan, and kinda stopped here. I'm satisfied with what I got compared to what I payed for it though.

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