Today's piezo guitar pickups have never been so capable of capturing the natural sound of an acoustic instrument. From their bright output to their ability to handle higher volumes without feedback, piezo acoustic guitar pickups are a convenient - and affordable - solution to amplifying your instrument in a live environment. If you're on the prowl for a new piezo acoustic guitar pickup, this is the catalog for you: brands like Dean Markley, D-Tar, Shadow and many others specialize in piezo acoustic guitar pickups for both steel-string and nylon-string guitars.
The first company in the world to produce a piezo film pickup was EMG, and starting your search with a model from them is definitely a safe bet. In fact, the EMG Acoustic Saddle Pickup System is considered by many professional musicians to be the most natural-sounding saddle transducer on the market. In addition to the AT93 pickup, you'll receive an APA-2 preamp, endpin jack with cable, battery holder and more. For crystal-clear highs and a rich, full low-end from your guitar, this piezo pickup system is the perfect match for your favorite acoustic 6-string.
Now for those of you who play classical guitars, D-Tar has just the answer: the Sadducer Undersaddle Pickup for Nylon-String Guitars employs 6 discrete piezo crystals (for each string). The string-to-string balance and incredible response provided by these crystals make for a pickup that delivers a high output and very even frequency response. Ideal for melody players, the D-Tar Sadducer will pick up every nuance of your performance across the entire fingerboard and project everything loud and clear.
Every gigging acoustic guitarist should own a quality pickup system for their instrument. Compared to stage mics, piezo acoustic guitar pickups give you more freedom to move around and allow you to bypass the time spent on properly positioning a mic in front of your instrument. Of course, you've probably realized by now that finding a generously-prized piezo acoustic guitar pickup is easy - especially if you stick to this section.