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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 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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Seymour DuncanWoody HC Hum-Canceling Soundhole Pickup
 
4.4

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good quality (21)
  • Functional (18)
  • Improves sound (12)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (6), 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

 

Poor function, guitar damage

I have an 1979 Ovation Custom Balladeer with a sound hole a bit smaller than 4" and no electronics, so I thought I'd give this a try. I gently installed it per the...Read complete review

I have an 1979 Ovation Custom Balladeer with a sound hole a bit smaller than 4" and no electronics, so I thought I'd give this a try. I gently installed it per the instructions. The fit was a bit tight for my liking, but an uninstall/reinstall didn't seem to hurt anything so I left it in the guitar. Then a quick test through a practice amp to ensure it worked. The output seemed low, but I figured it was just the amp.

By the time I had a serious use for the guitar during a recording session, the MF 45 day return limit had expired or I surely would have returned it...

- Very low output: When running line-in to a mixer, I had to turn the trim 3/4 of the way up to obtain a decent level. At that high a setting, this thing hums very loudly.
- Short cord (15'): I obviously knew there was no jack in the pickup when I ordered it, but there should be. The cord is just the right length to get in the way when carrying the guitar, putting it into a case etc, but too short for any practical purpose without using an extension cable. So, you get the WORST of both worlds there. I doubt you'll want to be constantly yanking this in/out to avoid these situations (see below why).
- The sound is what I'd describe as very muddy and flat compared to miking using a dynamic microphone. When played normally, the sound from this guitar is very full and bright. This pickup totally kills that, and applying an EQ was no help.

On the spot in a recording session, I decided to remove it and go back to a microphone. Though I was very careful, it took off about an inch of the finish on the upper inside of the sound hole, GAH! If you're using this pickup, you'd be well advised to remove it as soon as you're through playing, or likely expect the same result once it "settles in".

All other issues I've described aside, The only things this pickup accomplished for me is guitar damage and being out money on something I'd never dare attempt to use again.

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5.0

Awesome Tone for the Bone$

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By CharleyB

from Austin Texas Area

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    I use this on my 12-string acoustic run through an Echoplex preamp then out through a Fulltone Fat-Boost FB-3 on to my Fender Twin and it sounds awesome.

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    1.0

    Poor function, guitar damage

    By The Muffster

    from North Port, FL

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    Pros

    • Cheap, but you get what you pay for.

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Guitar damage
    • Inconvenient cord configuration
    • Muddy/flat sound
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality
    • Very low output

    Best Uses

    • Firewood

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

    I have an 1979 Ovation Custom Balladeer with a sound hole a bit smaller than 4" and no electronics, so I thought I'd give this a try. I gently installed it per the instructions. The fit was a bit tight for my liking, but an uninstall/reinstall didn't seem to hurt anything so I left it in the guitar. Then a quick test through a practice amp to ensure it worked. The output seemed low, but I figured it was just the amp.

    By the time I had a serious use for the guitar during a recording session, the MF 45 day return limit had expired or I surely would have returned it...

    - Very low output: When running line-in to a mixer, I had to turn the trim 3/4 of the way up to obtain a decent level. At that high a setting, this thing hums very loudly.
    - Short cord (15'): I obviously knew there was no jack in the pickup when I ordered it, but there should be. The cord is just the right length to get in the way when carrying the guitar, putting it into a case etc, but too short for any practical purpose without using an extension cable. So, you get the WORST of both worlds there. I doubt you'll want to be constantly yanking this in/out to avoid these situations (see below why).
    - The sound is what I'd describe as very muddy and flat compared to miking using a dynamic microphone. When played normally, the sound from this guitar is very full and bright. This pickup totally kills that, and applying an EQ was no help.

    On the spot in a recording session, I decided to remove it and go back to a microphone. Though I was very careful, it took off about an inch of the finish on the upper inside of the sound hole, GAH! If you're using this pickup, you'd be well advised to remove it as soon as you're through playing, or likely expect the same result once it "settles in".

    All other issues I've described aside, The only things this pickup accomplished for me is guitar damage and being out money on something I'd never dare attempt to use again.

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    5.0

    Faithful sound reproduction!

    By HNorthrup59

    from Satellite Beach, FL

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Fidelity
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I was worried that the full sound of my Yamaha acoustic 12-string guitar couldn't be reproduced well enough by a pickup, but I was pleasantly surprised!! It was very easy to install in the round sound hole and could even be slid a bit higher or lower within the hole for a slightly different sound (similar to a Neck vs. Bridge pickup). And I like the long cord that it has. I'm glad I spent the extra cost versus the one I was considering from another company.

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        5.0

        Good sound, easy to install

        By Buckhart Road music man

        from Central Illinois

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I bought this pickup to try and play acoustic a little more at my gigs. It was time to look at buying a guitar with a pickup but I didn't know how much I'd play one. I can't believe how easy it installed and can be removed too. The thing sounds very good.

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            5.0

            installed with volume and tone pots SWEET

            By geetarbill

            from fl

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

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

              installed with vol and tone pots and jack sounds great

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              5.0

              Duncan HC Woody....A must have for all Acoustic Guitarists,

              By The Grampster

              from Daytona Beach, USA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

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

                Sounds like a real Guitar, not a Piezo! Sound is Rich and full bodied. Installs in seconds! I plan on getting a couple more of these the next time they are on sale, one for a Fender, and one for a Washburn. I know you could move this from Guitar to Guitar, but would personally rather keep them installed in the mentioned Guitars, since I never know when a friend will stop and want to jam.

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                5.0

                Works well!

                By Diamond Dave

                from Roanoke, VA

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  This is a great, removable pickup if you need to occasionally amplify your acoustic guitar and don't want or need to install a permanent pickup or mic the amp. It fits quickly and easily into the soundhole and the rubber-fitted sides of the pickup allow for positioning however you like it. The patch cord is plenty long, No noise. The output is low, so you'll need to turn your amp up. I use mine with a Fender Mustang III on the studio pre amp setting and lo and behold, it sound like an amplified acoustic guitar. The carryng bag is also handy.

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                  5.0

                  Quiet, but oh so clean

                  By Man Up Nawth

                  from Maine

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

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

                    I saw the reviews saying the pickup was too quiet (low signal) but bought it anyway because of my good experiences with other Seymour Duncan products. And, it is quieter than some other sound hole pickups I own. But what a clean sound, and great tone this pickup supplies to my amp. It almost sounds like a mic'ed guitar. Definitely glad I picked it up.

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                    5.0

                    Great sound and great price.

                    By blobby

                    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 Rarefaction

                    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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