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Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup  

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Overview
  • Uses Stack technology to provide full-body tone
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    $99.00
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    - $49.01
  • Your Price:
    $4999

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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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  • Uses Stack technology to provide full-body tone

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Seymour DuncanWoody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Concerts (6)
    • Back-up (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

    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

     

    Not a Mic!

    If you are looking for accurate acoustic sound don't buy a magnetic soundhole pickup! If you don't care about sound and just want to electrify your acoustic buy it - it works. I installed...Read complete review

    If you are looking for accurate acoustic sound don't buy a magnetic soundhole pickup! If you don't care about sound and just want to electrify your acoustic buy it - it works. I installed mine in an Epiphone Limited Edition Artist EJ-200 which is a jumbo bodied guitar, a Gibson J200 copy, and it does not do the guitar justice. It installs easily and has good volume which is only adjusted at the amp, but the sound is similar to a piezo pickup - not a true acoustic sound

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    4.0

    Seymour Duncan Pickup

    By pvo

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    this piece of equipment does wonders for sound and amplification. that said, the cable spilling out of the soundhole took some time to get used to, and being left handed made the cable run under all six strings, not just the high e. I got my strap pin on the bottom of my acoustic replaced with an input, and the pickup cable soldered to it through the inside of the guitar. overall a very good piece of equipment

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    4.0

    Nice, but watch your finish!

    By Obi-Ron Rinaldo

    from CT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Carrying Bag
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Thick Cable

    Cons

    • A little bulky
    • May Scratch Finish

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

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

    I bought the SD Woody HC for 2 reasons. I had the SC and liked it but it made a lot of noise. And I have a Fishman Neo-D 02 (HC) and love the sound but it's a lot of work to install. I installed the Woody on my Seagull and the sound is just as good as the Fishman albeit not quite as loud. My main concern is the scratches the Woody left around the soundhole. I'm not too fussy about it because the Seagull has a thin finish and scratches easily anyway. So I permanently installed the Fishman on my Seagull and will be using the Woody on my Yamaha for playing out.
    So, if you're really fussy about scratching your instrument, then try something else. But if you want to use this on an older and/or beater guitar, it's well worth them money. The bonuses are the thicker cable that you don't find on a lot of other similar items and the canvas bag to tote it along.

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    4.0

    already recommended it to a friend

    By stratocastersteve

    from calabash NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • No Buzzslips Right In

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      east to use, good sound, just required some fiddling with the controls on the amp to get the sound I was looking for.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By Adtomix

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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          4.0

          Great Pickup for acoustic guitar

          By Jerry

          from Michigan

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

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

            The price is great for this pickup. Easy to install and sounds great.

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good value, well made

            By Brad

            from Portage, WI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

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              (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Wrong product

              By BradleyScott

              from Redmond, Oregon

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              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!

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I am very impressed!

                By GibLPCust

                from Oklahoma

                About Me Experienced

                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.

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                5.0

                Money well spent

                By strungout56

                from Pearl River, LA

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

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

                  Very happy with this pick-up. It sounds way better than my built in pick-up on my Entourage. I installed this on my S6, was so easy to do, the fit was perfect, doesn't mar the finish and looks great on my beloved guitars. As far as the cord being in the way, as long as you place it with the cord falling directly away from the pick guard, no problems at all. And best of all... I don't have the awkward sounds like the built in pick-up on my Entourage, it has a very clean and natural sound going from chord to chord. No, it doesn't have an adjustment for volume, but I can adjust it from my amp, treble, bass and volume. It's plenty loud enough and you can adjust the height in the sound hole and get a little more volume it you need it. I splurged and got the HC, I have fluorescent lights glad I did, no humming noises here. I recommend before purchasing to make sure it fits the sound hole of your guitar. I found a commentary and demo on you-tube to be very helpful before I made my purchase. It's worth every penny and more, I highly recommend this model.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good buy if you need a soundhole pickup

                  By Rhino

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional

                  Cons

                  • Quiet But Good

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

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

                  Bought this as a gift to a family member. The quality is good, a bit quiet though. Noise cancelling probably to blame. What comes through is clean though. If you've had bad luck with other types of this product before, try this one.

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