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Seymour Duncan Woody XL Adjustable Pole Pieces Soundhole Pickup   

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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 var...Read More

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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 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (9)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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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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5.0

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

By Mr. D

from Atlanta

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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

    Verified Buyer

    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 -USA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    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

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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.

         
        4.0

        Excellent pickup!!

        By SC

        from Raintown oregon

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Well made pickup, works great for running my acoustic through my looper and into the amp. I did need to adjust the bass string pole pieces to even out the string to string sound but that was easily done and I expected it would need to be done (that's why I didn't get the non-adjustable pickup). With the right adjustments to the amp you can get amplified sound that matches your guitar's natural voice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Honest, true to sound of my guitar.

          By Bluesman

          from Uniontown,Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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.

             
            5.0

            Great Pickup

            By Gil

            from Philly

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              Smooth sound. Easy to install.

              (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.

               
              4.0

              Works Good.

              By Tyler

              from Ohio

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Small Gigs

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

                Use it in My Acoustic Martin Custom X Series. Sounds great! I play rhythm along with a Lead Guitarist and Accordion Player. We play a lot of Country Western. But also play some 50's Boogie and Jazz/ Blues.

                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                ????

                By Ren

                from New York

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

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

                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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