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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
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for clean Jazz guitar sounds!

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,...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Using the Ducan

I found it hard to position and it needed some bending of the support tabs to get it deeper in the sound hole so the pic,fingers and strings do not touch it.The cable...Read complete review

I found it hard to position and it needed some bending of the support tabs to get it deeper in the sound hole so the pic,fingers and strings do not touch it.The cable (should include some of that stick putty to hold it out of the way). it Sounds great and using it through my SWR Californa Blonde very "acoustic" sound. over all pleased but having to work with it to get it right.lol nothing is easy, it if was everyone would be doing it.

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4.0

Yes, I would buy this again.

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from rockford, il

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Install clip/slide on connectors, not solder.

Best Uses

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

    My Fishman system in my bass died. The cost of replacing the Fishman was close to buying a new acoustic bass, so I had the idea of using the SA-1 Acoustic Pickup solder into the Fishman 1/4 jack as my replacement pickup. It worked! However, it would be nice if the SA-1 Acoustic Pickup came with clip on connections, and not solder, and that way the option of replacing the current pickup would be much cleaner and faster. Just an idea, but either way, I like the pickup.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Using the Ducan

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Hard To Adjust And Positi

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Pickup:

      I found it hard to position and it needed some bending of the support tabs to get it deeper in the sound hole so the pic,fingers and strings do not touch it.The cable (should include some of that stick putty to hold it out of the way). it Sounds great and using it through my SWR Californa Blonde very "acoustic" sound. over all pleased but having to work with it to get it right.lol nothing is easy, it if was everyone would be doing it.

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      5.0

      awesome! !! got to have.

      By 

      from Lubbock, TX

      About Me Experienced

      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 

      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 

      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 

          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 

          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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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for clean Jazz guitar sounds!

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            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

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            from Rushville, IN

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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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