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Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup  (Open Box)
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The Seymour Duncan pickup is a top of the line Woody pickup that provides clear, accurate tone. 6 fully adjustable pole pieces accommodate a wide variety of string gauges and neck radii. Stack hum-canceling design for consistent freedom from noise and feedback.


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Seymour DuncanWoody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Functional (10)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Acoustic Pickup from a Great Company. Thanks Seymour

I love this pickup. I wanted a decent sounding and looking pickup for my new Martin D-28, but did not want to go the route of installing and drilling, in other words...Read complete review

I love this pickup. I wanted a decent sounding and looking pickup for my new Martin D-28, but did not want to go the route of installing and drilling, in other words changing the original instrument. I came across the Woody line of pickups from Seymour Duncan. I knew the brand name, so it caught my attention. I especially like the XL model because you can adjust the individual poles for each string's sensitivity depending on picking style, or if you have a radiused neck. The sound was good, and sounded like an acoustic. One thing I should mention is that the output is not very high if you are not using an acoustic amp. Works OK through a PA system though. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing an acoustic preamp which will much improve the sound and volume to your tastes. I use the Fishman ProEQ 2. The pickup looks really nice on the sound hole of my Martin displaying a rich wooden casing that blends very nicely with the Martin or for that matter any quality wooden acoustic guitar. The cord is attached to the pickup, but is extra long, like 16 ft, so unless you are dancing around the stage at the Palladium, you should be fine. I highly recommend this pickup. I looked at the "Tube Style" pickup by Duncan, because of the volume control, but it acts more of an on/off with not much control, and did not have the nice look and adjustability of the Woody XL. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. Keep pickin'.
I would rate this pickup an A+++
Great quality from a respected and reknowned maker of pickups, Mr. Seymour Duncan.
Terriffic value for the money. Less than $50.00. duh?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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I don't know if it's the combination of my guitar, preamp and pickup but it sounds awful. No bass, no highs, no nothing just awful sound.

I don't know if it's the combination of my guitar, preamp and pickup but it sounds awful. No bass, no highs, no nothing just awful sound.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Value, Easy to Install and Use, Works Well

By Stephen Dell

from North Carolina

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

I think this is very good for what it's supposed to do and considering its cost. I don't gig, only home studio stuff and song writing, and this works well with my aging Seagull Series S Cedar top. I run it through a little tube preamp and sometimes a compressor pedal and can easily get the sounds I want. Not hugely loud, but I don't need or want that. Works great for me!
So without a pre-amp or volume controls built in, it does have some limitations, but I've been able to adjust some of the pole pieces to pretty much get what I want out of it. I wanted something that I could install without drillng or modification, and this fits the bill nicely.
Very very good. Nicely put together, solid and strudy. High quality cable.
Yep, pretty good for under $100.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Acoustic Pickup from a Great Company. Thanks Seymour

By Steven Spinner

from Long Island, NY

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

I love this pickup. I wanted a decent sounding and looking pickup for my new Martin D-28, but did not want to go the route of installing and drilling, in other words changing the original instrument. I came across the Woody line of pickups from Seymour Duncan. I knew the brand name, so it caught my attention. I especially like the XL model because you can adjust the individual poles for each string's sensitivity depending on picking style, or if you have a radiused neck. The sound was good, and sounded like an acoustic. One thing I should mention is that the output is not very high if you are not using an acoustic amp. Works OK through a PA system though. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing an acoustic preamp which will much improve the sound and volume to your tastes. I use the Fishman ProEQ 2. The pickup looks really nice on the sound hole of my Martin displaying a rich wooden casing that blends very nicely with the Martin or for that matter any quality wooden acoustic guitar. The cord is attached to the pickup, but is extra long, like 16 ft, so unless you are dancing around the stage at the Palladium, you should be fine. I highly recommend this pickup. I looked at the "Tube Style" pickup by Duncan, because of the volume control, but it acts more of an on/off with not much control, and did not have the nice look and adjustability of the Woody XL. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. Keep pickin'.
I would rate this pickup an A+++
Great quality from a respected and reknowned maker of pickups, Mr. Seymour Duncan.
Terriffic value for the money. Less than $50.00. duh?

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic, mellow and responsive!

By Retired Ron Wanless

from Ligonier, PA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    I do some playing and writing of music.
    The Woody XL gives me all the rich wonderful sound of my Guild guitar with no distortion.
    Whether I am playing mild lead licks, a melody line, chording or playing riffs, the Woody stays out fo the way and transfers the rich sounds perfectly.
    An added extra is that you can slant the pick in the sound hole for special effects.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Seymour Duncan Woody XL

    By TJ-Qf8kn

    from Texas

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    This is a very nice pick-up, very good looking in the guitar, the only thing lacking would be a volume control as another reviewer mentioned.I also found on other reviews no mention of what this pickup could fit other than doing research to find it is recommended to fit in a soundhole of 3.8 to 4.25 inches. Whith minor modification I fit this into a crafter TRV model with a 3.5 inch hole, by grinding the inner lip on the cord side for clearance and then removing the foam from both sides on the inside of the lips cutting it in half and reinstalling. This was easily done with dremel tool in about 10 min and you can't tell there is any modification from the outside.The crafter is about the same size sound hole as a baby taylor or little martin and I think sounds better than both.The pick sound really good through by crate CA30 acoustic amp with no buzz at all. I love this little travel guitar but know I crank it up and it plays really nice as an acoustic electric guitar with the aid of this excellent pickup.Being adjustable you can fine tune it as well, but it does sound pretty nice right out of the box. I may tweek the individual pick up slightly in the future but it does sound really good and definitely live up to what is advertised and then some.I would recommend this to anyone who want to use an acoustic as an acoustic electric. If modify it like I did it would fit in a kids guitar as well.Seymour Duncan was very helpful when I called then for actual dimensions because I could not find that anywhere as well. After I trimmed it the unit fit right in place without removing any strings as well.As I said I would buy another just like it if I need it for another acoustic.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It works

    By Owen-hadSR

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    I bought this pick up after purchasing a brand new acoustic with a solid spruce top. I loved the tone of this full bodied guitar, but it has no electronics (which I prefer). I did get a single coil pick-up by another manufacturer that sounded good, but had a noticable hum. The first time I heard my acoustic through this pick-up, I was not thrilled. It sounded too much like an electric guitar. I found the way to get a good acoustic sound out of this pickup is too have a good 5 or 7 band EQ or one with a sweepable mids. Then you have to add reverb to the sound to get a convincing acoustic tone. I am not sorry I bought this pick-up because it does the job and is very quiet. I can't hear any kind of buzzing whatsoever. I also like that I can remove it whenever I wish and I don't need to worry about batteries. It comes with a nice quality cord that is plenty long to reach your amp. I would recommend this product for anyone who is on a budget looking for a quiet live performance pick up for an acoustic guitar.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    quality pickup in duncan style

    By Towee

    from S.C.

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    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    I received this pick up, put it in my hummingbird and wow. It sounds great. after changing out the G pole, it got better. I would definitely give this pick up serious consideration.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pickup!!

    By Brian-pWj8y

    from Babylon, NY

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    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    I got the Seymour Duncan Woody XL for my birthday to put into my Mitchell MD100S12 12-string guitar. I regularly play it through my Peavey Vypyr 75 it plays amazingly. It is easily put into the sound-hole of the guitar and can be adjusted to provide more or less emphasis on different strings. I have found, however that the strings' sounds are equally represented through the pickup. I highly recommend measuring your sound-hole before purchasing, as the pickup measures about 4 and 3/16" across.The only thing I would change on this pickup is to put a volume control somewhere on the pickup for quick and easy adjustments. Otherwise, the pickup is a must have if you have an acoustic you always wanted to plug in or if your acoustic electric's pickup system simply doesn't satisfy you.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This is the one- Read the details

    By Vincent

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good adjustability
    • Good Quality
    • Sounds great

    Cons

    • NON detachable 14' cable
    • No volume tone control

    Best Uses

    • All around

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    I needed a pickup to rotate between three vintage acoustics. I didn't want to do any modifications or permanent installation to these guitars. After some research the Woody XL seemed the logical choice. I was right.

    Installation was easy, though the virgin neoprene is a little stubborn at first. But it was immediately apparent that the pole pieces at the same height put the sound out of balance. 5 minutes of tweaking pole heights and I got this pickup sounding really good and well balanced.

    Of the Woody pickup series the XL is the one to buy. It is both noiseless and adjustable. The HC is similar, noiseless, but doesn't have the adjustable pole pieces. The SC is single coil and wasn't even a consideration for me.

    Though it doesn't have a volume or tone control I wouldn't call that a negative, just missing features. I do find the 14' non detachable cable a bit of a nuisance. If you unplug from your amp or box you have to drag 12' of excess cable along with you. At some point in the future I plan on bobbing the cable to reach just beyond the end pin of my guitars and put a female connector on it to accept standard guitar cables. I think this is the one area that Seymour Duncan might improve the design.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this pickup.

    By Martin

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Cord Is In The Way

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

    I was using a Shure Beta 57A mic previously for my D28 Martin with a Fishman Mini Loudbox acoustic amp. It sounds really good. But when the bass player stands next to me, his amp causes a lot of feedback through my mic and amp. So I decided to try the Woody XL Adjustable Soundhole Pickup. It works good but it doesn't have the sound that I get through the mic setup. But at least I don't have any feedback. Overall it's a good setup and the Fishman Mini Loudbox amp is loud enough that I don't have any problem being heard over the other electric instruments in our group. I would defintely reccommend the Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Woody XL

    By J S Lamperd

    from Eaton, Indiana

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    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

      The XLs are some of the best sound hole pickups made. I own three of them for my own guitars and have installed them in several other players instruments. Very good quality, great price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great pickup on my Cort acoustic

      By hatch

      from Nebraska

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

      I bought one of these used and, at first use, thought maybe I should return it. I was plugging it into a Fender Mini Tone-Master. I wanted something that sounded good in headphones so I could really hear how I was playing while practicing. Turns out the Mini Tone-Master was holding back the quality of this pickup. I scraped the fender mini for a Crate BX-15 Practice Bass Amp and it made a HUGE difference.The pickup really preserves the acoustic sound...(I was afraid it would have an electric sound like it did on the Fender mini). The highs are crisp and bright but not tinny and it picks up the lows nicely. I did have to adjust the pole pieces a little on the one i purchased, but after playing around for a while i found the right spots for each. I LOVE THIS PICKUP and recommend it to anyone with an acoustic who is looking for clean and true amplification of their guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Only One Choice

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

      Seymour Duncan Pickups are the best and most versatile pickup on the market. I have tried them all (Maybe I missed 1 or 2!). I use them on my Electrics & Acoustics, Worth every Penny!!!!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love it ! I've already recomended to two fellow musicians.

      By Ham Bone

      from Ocean Springs, Ms.

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • sound is as close to un amped as possible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • small to med.venues.

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

        Like many musicians, I own and play a variety of guitars. At this point, all of them but two have onboard preamps; a Regal Resonater, and a Seagull acustic, which perhaps, is my favorite . I was a little doubtful of this pickup at first, but BOY was I pleased when I tried it. I don't remember ever buying a piece of gear that I was as happy with , in quality, results and price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Honest, true to sound of my guitar.

        By Bluesman

        from Uniontown,Ohio

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

          Honest, true to sound of my guitar. I didn't think I could purchase a pickup that would faithfully reproduce the actual sound of my instrument for this low cost.
          I will buy again for my next guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Sound

          By AzGuitarSlinger

          from Gilbert, AZ

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

          I normally don't write product reviews but this was too good to pass up. I just got my Woody XL in today and was blown away by how clean the sound was. I am so glad I bought this before buying and acoustic/electric. Great product!

          (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Buzz Buzz Buzz

          By Noah-53qEn

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

          I just bought this for my Martin DM. It does nothing but buzz on every string. I restrung and tuned my guitar...same thing. You get what you pay for or don't pay for in this case. Bummer!

           
          5.0

          Worked great. Long thick cord wasn't what I expected.

          By Mr. D

          from Atlanta

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          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

            Didn't use it. I don't know what I was thinking... 12 feet of cord permantly attached to a Martin HD 28 just isn't my thing. Threw it in the case for emergencies.
            Not the fault of the pick up. Pick up attached easily and sounded great.

             
            5.0

            great

            By Michael

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

            great

             
            5.0

            Great acoustic pickup at a very good price!

            By JSTJEAN

            from Greenwood, DE

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits securely in soundhole
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Long cable easily wraps around strap peg + strap

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

              The sound is balanced and warm without any tweaking necessary. depending on which guitar I use, whether it is a jumbo or a parlor. I am able to adjust the 6 pole pieces on the pickup to compensate for the different character sounds on the body shapes and guitars that I am using. This was an excellent purchase and I am very happy with the quality too.

               
              5.0

              Great acoustic sound!

              By Bruce "One"

              from Maine

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              Pros

              • Easy to install, and true reproduction of sound.
              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup:

                Wanted an alternative to "micing" my D28; this pickup provides a good reproduction of the sound of the guitar.Adjustment of individual string volume was the primary reason that I purchased and I was not disappointed. The 16 foot cord is a good length for any gig that allows me to sit while playing, or if I'm not moving around too much. Quality of the build is good and I expect this pickup to be with me a long time.

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