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The D-TAR Sadducer Under-Saddle Transducer for Steel String acoustic guitar uses 6 discrete piezo crystals, one for each string. Discrete piezo crystals have better string-to-string balance and offer ... Read More

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The D-TAR Sadducer Under-Saddle Transducer for Steel String acoustic guitar uses 6 discrete piezo crystals, one for each string. Discrete piezo crystals have better string-to-string balance and offer increased responsiveness to your guitar top's vibrations for great tone. The result is a high-output pickup designed for even frequency response. High output response eliminates the need for expensive on-board signal boosting electronics.

The D-TAR Sadducer is exceptional for melody players, especially guitarists who play over the entire fingerboard. But perhaps the biggest benefit is that, unlike other piezo pickups, the Sadducer has lower output impedance and does not require a built-in or off-board preamp to boost and smooth the guitar's signal. That means no batteries required.

The steel string version is optimized for guitars with string spacing of 2.04" to 2.30 (51.8 to 58.4mm) at the bridge. The Sadducer's thin height and width permits optimal saddle placement in the bridge slot-generally without the need to modify it. The S-Tar steel string Sadducer pickup accommodates both 1/8" and 3/32" saddles.

D-TAR - Duncan/Turner Acoustic Research
Seymour Duncan and Rick Turner are two legends who spent years working with musicians, perfecting their tone. Seymour founded his self-named company in 1978 which has become well-known for its wide variety of guitar and bass pickups used by just about every name player from Billie Joe Armstrong to Angus Young. Rick co-founded Alembic, was president of Gibson Labs West Coast R&D Division, co-founded Highlander Musical Audio making piezo acoustic guitar pickups for Lindsay Buckingham, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, and Andy Summers, and runs his own Renaissance Guitars. Now Seymour and Rick are working together to create innovative products for acoustic musicians. Their D-TAR motto: "With respect to acoustic tone."

Features
  • Uses discrete piezo crystals
  • High output response
  • Lower output impedance
  • No buffering preamp or battery required
  • Simple installation
  • Optimized for guitars with string spacing of 2.04" to 2.30 (51.8 to 58.4mm) at the bridge
  • Accommodates both 1/8" and 3/32" saddles
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DtarSadducer Undersaddle Pickup for Steel-String Guitars
 
5.0

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5.0

Best Passive PUP And At A Great Price

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from Sacramento / Las Vegas

Pros

  • Easy Installation
  • Great sound
  • High output
  • No battery
  • Reasonable cost
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Fragile Until Installed
  • Needs Proper Seating
  • No volume control

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    Comments about Dtar Sadducer Undersaddle Pickup for Steel-String Guitars:

    You probably have heard of Seymour Duncan, but few know the name Rick Turner. Rick was the head of Gibson's West Coast R&D Labs. He also co-founded Highlander Musical Audio, which makes the highest quality (IMHO) active acoustic pickups, used by Ry Cooder, Lindsay Buckingham, and Mary Flower, among others.

    These two geniuses got together to design and produce this PUP. It is an under-bridge passive piezo pickup with a difference -- instead of a single piezo element, there six. This allows each piezo to be designed to accurately produce a signal for its string. Also, the six piezo elements are combined to produce a stronger signal than the usual single single piezo element.

    The key factor in installing the PUP is to assure that the element is evenly seated. If not, the output levels from string to string might vary. If installed correctly, this PUP produces a full rich sound that rivals the sound of active pickups costing four times a much. Highly recommended.

    I installed this on my Seagull S6+CW and couldn't be happier.

    If you want a full lush acoustic sound without the hassle of a 9V battery -- and one that won't break the bank -- get this installed by a competent tech. You won't be sorry.

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    5.0

    dtar Sadducer

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    from Oklahoma City, OK

    Comments about Dtar Sadducer Undersaddle Pickup for Steel-String Guitars:

    The installation was easy and the sound is great

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