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  • #227
    Calypso_Poet

    Playing in a “Trop Rock” band bringing the Uke in seemed a logical choice, but there are lots of choices from the simple (and very budget conscious) stick-on transducer to the expensive, complex and invasive under-saddle models where you drill and cut holes in your instrument.

    I like what I am using, though it has it’s drawbacks (Kremona UK-1).

    I was curious as to what others are using. What works? What doesn’t? And Why?

    #229
    Jonas

    Moved to “Ukulele Q&A” 😉

    Hmm, it is indeed difficult to ‘electrify’ your ukulele. Easiest option is to buy an acoustic-electric one from the bat of course 🙂 But I myself have not done so.

    Before I’ve learned to play the ukulele, I’ve played the guitar (still do). And I always bought an acoustic version, even if an acoustic-electric one was available. This is because a befriended luthier told me that the internal electrical components interfere with the sound waves with the guitar its body having a negative on the output of the sound. If amplification was necessary he would always suggest a (passive) sound hole pickup which you can simply install in the soundhole when required and remove afterwards. This advice was given to me several years ago (around 2007) and till today I still keep it in mind. I have used many soundhole pickups and found that generally you get a lot of bang for your buck. There are some very inexpensive models which do the job perfectly. I must confess that I currently own a Taylor guitar with an extremely decent ‘expression system’ to amplify the sound.

    TL;DR I’d suggest a soundhole pickup, like for example this one (which also looks the part): https://www.musicianswebstore.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SH330&cat=1590

    Hopefully this helped you a little bit 🙂

    #249
    Calypso_Poet

    I will have to check that out. Shadow makes some innovative stuff and produces the system which is in my Kala U-Bass. It’s supposed to be a multi-crystal piezo with distinct and separate transducer for each string… and I really like the sound on that.

    I currently am working with the Kremona UK-1.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/UK1

    It’s got a great sound, it’s very easy to install and is not in the way when not using it. It can pick up some “body noise” from playing, but I have managed to dial most of that out using an LR Baggs Para DI.

    If I had to “complain”, the one thing I dislike is that it is a bit delicate. I have already smashed one by standing on the cord while I picked up the Uke to play. No fun when you’re in front of a room full of people..

    I am in the market for another uke, so I will look at that when the time comes..

    #471
    Calypso_Poet

    The new Uke arrived a couple of weeks ago and I did some very serious research into what’s available.

    I eventually went with the Mi-Si Acoustic Trio Uke. The cost is very reasonable, and it sounds great!

    It uses an under-saddle piezo from LR Baggs in combo with a battery-less pre-amp. With the pre-amp built on the end-pin there were only two holes to drill. No need to cut a big hole in the side of the Uke to accommodate the Pre. (Although my wife was mortified that I considered drilling the Uke at all!) Uses a hi-capacity capacitor system to power it, so no batteries to change. Charges in a minute for 8-16 hours of play.

    The sound is clean, loud very true to the instrument itself and I’m getting far less of the “body noise” than the UK-1

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