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LR Baggs Anthem Microphone/Under Saddle Pick Up System

LR Baggs Anthem Microphone/Under Saddle Pick Up System

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£329.99 £354.99
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Fishman Matrix Infinity VT / Narrow PRO-MAN-NFV

Fishman Matrix Infinity VT / Narrow PRO-MAN-NFV

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£159.00
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Seymour Duncan  SA-3HC Hum-Cancelling Woody Maple

Seymour Duncan SA-3HC Hum-Cancelling Woody Maple

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£59.00 £69.95
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Seymour Duncan SA-3HC Hum Cancelling Woody Walnut

Seymour Duncan SA-3HC Hum Cancelling Woody Walnut

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£59.00 £69.95
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LR Baggs Element Active System

LR Baggs Element Active System

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£139.00 £149.99
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Seymour Duncan  SA-3XL HC WOODY/ADJUST P/PIECES MAPLE

Seymour Duncan SA-3XL HC WOODY/ADJUST P/PIECES MAPLE

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£69.00 £94.95
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Seymour Duncan  SA-3SC Singlecoil Woody Maple

Seymour Duncan SA-3SC Singlecoil Woody Maple

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£42.00 £45.00
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LR Baggs Anthem SL Microphone/Under Saddle Pick Up System

LR Baggs Anthem SL Microphone/Under Saddle Pick Up System

£224.99 £241.95
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Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker

Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker

£169.00
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LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup

LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup

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£179.99 £204.95
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Seymour Duncan SA-3XL HC Woody Walnut

Seymour Duncan SA-3XL HC Woody Walnut

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£65.00 £89.95
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LR Baggs ParaDI Acoustic Direct Box

LR Baggs ParaDI Acoustic Direct Box

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£194.99 £224.99
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Seymour Duncan SA-3SC Single Coil Woody Black

Seymour Duncan SA-3SC Single Coil Woody Black

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£49.00 £66.95
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LR Baggs M80 Body Sensitive Active/Passive Soundhole Pick Up

LR Baggs M80 Body Sensitive Active/Passive Soundhole Pick Up

£279.99
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Fishman Neo-D Humbucker Pickup

Fishman Neo-D Humbucker Pickup

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£69.00
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Fishman Rare Earth Single Coil

Fishman Rare Earth Single Coil

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£129.00
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LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup

LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup

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£149.99 £168.95
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Seymour Duncan  SA-6 Mag Mic Acoustic System

Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Acoustic System

£219.00 £299.95
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Fishman Matrix Infinity Mic Blend / Narrow

Fishman Matrix Infinity Mic Blend / Narrow

£239.00
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LR Baggs LYRIC Acoustic Tru-Mic Microphone with Pre Amp

LR Baggs LYRIC Acoustic Tru-Mic Microphone with Pre Amp

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£229.99
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IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Stage

IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Stage

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£86.00 £99.00
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LR Baggs Session Acoustic DI

LR Baggs Session Acoustic DI

£279.99 £299.99
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Fishman Matrix Infinity VT / Wide

Fishman Matrix Infinity VT / Wide

£159.00
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Fishman Rare Earth Blend

Fishman Rare Earth Blend

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£239.00
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Fishman PRO-RES-002 Active Resonator Pickup

Fishman PRO-RES-002 Active Resonator Pickup

£159.00
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Fishman Classic Series Passive Resophonic Pickup

Fishman Classic Series Passive Resophonic Pickup

£139.00
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Seymour Duncan SA-3HC Hum Cancelling Woody Black

Seymour Duncan SA-3HC Hum Cancelling Woody Black

£59.00 £76.95
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Seymour Duncan SA-3SC Single Coil Woody Walnut

Seymour Duncan SA-3SC Single Coil Woody Walnut

£43.00 £61.95
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Fishman Passive Wide Format / Standard Spacing

Fishman Passive Wide Format / Standard Spacing

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£99.00
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Fishman PRO-REP-BAN  Banjo Pickup

Fishman PRO-REP-BAN Banjo Pickup

£199.00
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Fishman Matrix Infinity Wide Format

Fishman Matrix Infinity Wide Format

£149.00
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Fishman PRO-M10-0MA M-100 Mandolin Pickup

Fishman PRO-M10-0MA M-100 Mandolin Pickup

£159.00
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Fishman PRO-MAL-INF Matrix Infinty Narrow/Split 2.3mm

Fishman PRO-MAL-INF Matrix Infinty Narrow/Split 2.3mm

£189.00 £239.00
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Fishman AGX-094 Passive Narrow Format for Classical & 12-string

Fishman AGX-094 Passive Narrow Format for Classical & 12-string

£99.00
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Fishman Matrix Infinity Mic Blend Wide

Fishman Matrix Infinity Mic Blend Wide

£239.00
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Fishman Nashville Series Archtop M-300 Mandolin Pickup PRO-M30-0MA

Fishman Nashville Series Archtop M-300 Mandolin Pickup PRO-M30-0MA

£239.00
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Fishman Classic Series V-100 Violin/Viola Pickup PRO-V10-0VI

Fishman Classic Series V-100 Violin/Viola Pickup PRO-V10-0VI

£109.00
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Fishman Powerjack Preamp Jack

Fishman Powerjack Preamp Jack

£99.00
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Fishman SBT-E Classical Pickup

Fishman SBT-E Classical Pickup

£99.00
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Fishman PowerTap Earth - Body Sensor with Soundhole Pickup PRO-REP-104

Fishman PowerTap Earth - Body Sensor with Soundhole Pickup PRO-REP-104

£229.00
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About Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Acoustic guitar pickups are available from guitarguitar. They are unlike electric guitar pickups, which deliberately colour the sound. They work best when they are as transparent sounding as possible.

Acoustic pickups work according to the same principle as the electric pickups, picking up harmonic information from the guitar string and changing it into electricity. However, they achieve this in a different manner. You'll hear the term 'piezo' a lot. This refers to the type of pickup that lies underneath the actual bridge saddle of the acoustic guitar. Piezo pickups use vibrations because this works well with both steel and nylon strings.

The piezo pickup will nearly always be used in conjunction with an on-board preamp. This normally appears to the musician as a box fitted to the side of the guitar's body or a couple of controls found within the instrument's soundhole. You can normally control the master volume and other functions from such a device. Under the hood, the preamp is where you'll find the 'brain' of the guitar, in other words the main circuits of the system. Normally, you'd buy both the pickup and preamp together as a single purchase.

There are a wide selection of acoustic pickups currently available on the market. At guitarguitar, we keep the best of them in stock. Browse our fantastic selection online, or visit the acoustic department of any guitarguitar store.

Frequently Asked Questions about Acoustic Guitar Pickups

A soundhole pickup is a magnetic pickup, similar to what you'd find on an electric guitar. It is made to slide under the strings and be fitted to the soundhole of the guitar. Soundhole pickups are seen as a sort of temporary measure for players who do not want a permanent pickup system fitted into their guitars. At guitarguitar, we sell a number of soundhole pickups from brands such as Seymour Duncan, Fishman and LR Baggs.
Some of the more sophisticated pickup systems have both an undersaddle piezo pickup and a microphone in the soundhole. The idea behind this is that the microphone captures more of the sound made by the resonance of the guitar's body, not just the vibration of the strings. Normally, you'd have a control on the preamp to blend these two sound sources together to achieve a sound that works best for you.
We don't think you'll blow up the street if you plug your acoustic guitar into your electric guitar amp, but we don't think you'll love the sound either! Acoustic guitars and electric guitars use different types of technology. This applies to both in the instrument itself and its relevant amplification. Just as electric guitars sound fairly horrible when played through an acoustic amp, the same is true vice versa. The only amp we know about that can adequately handle both is the Boss Katana. The KTN-50 and KTN-100 models each have a dedicated channel for electro acoustic guitars.