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Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup   

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The Seymour Duncan Woody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup uses Stack technology to deliver full-bodied tone without noise or hum and fits any acoust...Read More

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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
 
4.3

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (13)
  • Improves sound (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

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

 

Noisy an output is way too low

I got this pickup as a cheap solution to my saddle pickup failing in my ovation legend. I was immediately disappointed. I tried using my sansamp pedal as a preamp/eq to boost and...Read complete review

I got this pickup as a cheap solution to my saddle pickup failing in my ovation legend. I was immediately disappointed. I tried using my sansamp pedal as a preamp/eq to boost and clean up the signal but I ended up buying a radial pz delux to boost the signal to an acceptable level. I had to run the pz delux at nearly full tilt and scoop out all the boxy mids, but for a time it was usable. Then I noticed the ac buzz this pickup caused in my pa. I thought the buzz was due to my pedalboard but after switching to a lr baggs M1A the buzz is gone. Don't waste your money on this pickup, it is very inexpensive but you will be happier if you just move up to the one fifty to two hundred range. You get what you pay for and with this unit you don't get very much.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound and great price.

By 

from Stratford, CT

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Installremove
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Low Output Level

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Great For Live Playing
  • Practicing

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

I highly recommend this pickup for guitars without built-in pickups. The tone is nice and it won't make a mark on the guitar.

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2.0

Noisy an output is way too low

By 

from Bristol, CT

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Has Ac Buzz
  • Not Functional
  • Output Extremely Low

Best Uses

  • Practicing

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

I got this pickup as a cheap solution to my saddle pickup failing in my ovation legend. I was immediately disappointed. I tried using my sansamp pedal as a preamp/eq to boost and clean up the signal but I ended up buying a radial pz delux to boost the signal to an acceptable level. I had to run the pz delux at nearly full tilt and scoop out all the boxy mids, but for a time it was usable. Then I noticed the ac buzz this pickup caused in my pa. I thought the buzz was due to my pedalboard but after switching to a lr baggs M1A the buzz is gone. Don't waste your money on this pickup, it is very inexpensive but you will be happier if you just move up to the one fifty to two hundred range. You get what you pay for and with this unit you don't get very much.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Seymour Duncan Pickup

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice, but watch your finish!

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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

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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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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

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    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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        (0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Useless and harmful

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        from Union City, CA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Damages Guitar Surface
          • Too Big To Fit Soundhole

          Best Uses

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

            I could not test sound quality with this pickup because it was too big and impossible to install in my both guitars: Fender folk guitar and Cordoba classic.
            Worse, while trying (very carefully, I might add) to install it on my beautiful Cordoba, i damaged lacquer on the edge of sound hole. I wonder it Woody would like to help with the repair?

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Pickup for acoustic guitar

            By 

            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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good value, well made

              By 

              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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                (3 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Wrong product

                By 

                from Redmond, Oregon

                About Me Novice

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                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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