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    Hi, I need recommendations for a temporary pickup for church use. The pickup will go into a Martin D-28 Marquis (hence the need for it to be a temporary setup). Getting as much of an acoustic tone as possible while having some feedback resistance is the goal. I don't care how ugly it looks (wire's dangling outside the soundhole are OK with me). Thank you!

  • #2
    Here are a few options from guitar center


    Fishman is a pretty trusted name for acoustic guitar preamps, and I know a couple guys who use the Dean Markley pickup and are pretty happy with it.

    Hope this helps
    If we want to go places we haven't been, we will have to do things we haven't done.


    • #3
      Thanks for the link.

      Are magnetic pickups sufficient for church use? Or do they sound too "electric guitar"-like?

      I am possibly considering a Fishman Rare Earth Blend pickup (magnetic and internal microphone) for the benefits of a dual source solution in one package. They sell a "custom" version that allows you to set up the mic externally, as well for a higher price. Any experiences with the Rare Earth pickups?


      • #4
        I would recommend the double piezo version of this:


        I use a JJB Prestige 330 (which is identical to a K&K PWM) in my acoustic, and it sounds fantastic. I've also worked with Jesse (the owner) to custom design some violin pickups which have also turned out great. It's a great company that makes great products, and the price is obviously right.

        The only downside to these pickups is that they do feedback somewhat easily at loud volumes. For under $10 you can get a basic soundhole feedback buster that eliminates the issue though. (See http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Waves-S...bxgy_MI_text_b)


        • #5
          I like LR Braggs. They have a microphone version and an electric version for acoustics:


          I think though that these are a bit more "perminent" nice solutions than you are looking for. Any thoughts on just temporarily using a stage mic?
          Lov'n Jesus