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Brian D
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:34 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Around Dec 2013 I added JJB pickup to my Martin D35. The sound was very nice and natural. So, last week I bought another set for my Martin D12X1 12-String.

Here you can see how the pickup was installed. The manufacture recommended that the piezos be placed between the low E and A, between the D and G, and over the E. The locations should be under the saddle. That was tricky to do but got it done.

I used a guide board that was cut out to resemble the bridge plate. Punched some holes and use the pegs as guides. Drew a line where the saddle would be sitting and placed the pickups on that line.

If you look at the middle piezo you will see that I added a little too much glue. But it is all good.

I put on new strings so I will record a test in a few days and put it up here. I can tell you that I like these pickups. They are inexpensive and highly recommended by me. LOL

'75 Martin D-35
'08 Martin D12X1
'05 Carvin C750S


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Location: Hayward, CA

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:45 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nice work. For six-string, I like EMG ACS pickups. They miss true acoustic sound as badly as a piezo under the bridge, but the way they miss sounds much better than piezo solutions I've had. On an old Yamaha 12-string Ihave, I mounted a standard electric guitar humbucker with adjustable pole pieces and rotated it a bit so that each half covers six strings, evens and odds.

If you want to have some fun, Cycfi ( has 20Hz-20kHz low-noise active mag pickups. They're willing to custom make a mounting board for you.
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