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Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup  

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The Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic is an acoustic pickup that begs the question: "Why mix a magnetic pickup with a microphone?" Because, the magnetic pickup senses the guitar strings' vibrations while th... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic is an acoustic pickup that begs the question: "Why mix a magnetic pickup with a microphone?" Because, the magnetic pickup senses the guitar strings' vibrations while the mic accurately reproduces the complex and rich character of the acoustic guitar's tone. Blended together, the result is the most natural-sounding, 3-dimensional soundhole pickup. The Seymour Duncan Mag Mic is the first active, humbucking, magnetic soundhole pickup ever created. The SA-6 features a blend circuit and adjustable pole pieces--2 for each string. It uses Seymour Duncan's patented, hum-cancelling stack design to eliminate 60-cycle hum. Permanent or temporary installation is a snap, and the sound is amazing. Deep, rich lows; percussive mids; and shimmering highs. The SA-6 pickup accurately duplicates and amplifies your acoustic guitar's entire sound spectrum. The Mag Mic gets up to 500 hours continuous operation from a single standard 9V battery. You can attach N-size battery clips directly to the Mag Mic pickup for a completely self-contained unit.

Features
  • First pickup of its kind
  • Blend circuit
  • Adjustable pole pieces
  • Pattern: omni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -35dB
  • S/N ratio: 62dB
  • Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year replacement warranty on all pickups.


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Seymour DuncanSA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pickup!!

The humbucker has a nice warm rhythm sound with good sustain (more bass than highs, though EQ takes care of that). Not muddy at all. Very warm sound, suitable for jazz or...Read complete review

The humbucker has a nice warm rhythm sound with good sustain (more bass than highs, though EQ takes care of that). Not muddy at all. Very warm sound, suitable for jazz or ska if you wanted. Don't plan on playing any metal with it, though it can handle a little distortion. The condenser mic accurately produces the guitar's sound, though it tends to feed back when played too loud through my fender Princeton chorus electric amp. It sound sweet through my Fender Passport PA system. I'm guessing the Princeton feeds back more the speakers project alot more ringing highs high's than the passport, which the mic "hears" because of it's excellent frequency response. You shouldn't have any trouble running this through a PA, though I may be concerned running it through 'acoustic' amps that are optimized for piezo pickups. Using the SA-6 with a passport, I was able to crank up the mic to near room-shaking volume with the speaker 3 feet away without feedback. The passport (standard) doesn't project alot of highs. The pickup without EQ and the mic all the way up has a great solo unplugged sound for either strumming or picking. I find, though, when I need to kick up the volume and play over bass and drums, I have to back off on the mic and boost the highs on the humbucker. However, rather than do this, I mix in the piezo already installed on my guitar. Combine this thing with a piezo (with the piezo's mid's scooped out of the picture, highs boosted slightly) and now the guitar sings. Run the mixed signal through a Presonus compressor, and now it's ready for the studio. I'm playing a $300 Hohner acoustic electric with shadow electronics. The guitar has an excellent sound. It's not a Taylor, but it plays better than many $600-$1000 guitars I've played. I was looking for a pickup that would reproduce the acoustic sound, something I could plug straight into PA's of varying quality. I would take the setup I have now over any acoustic electric I've yet played under $2000. The pickup is well worth the cost, and played through a decent PA, will accurately reproduce (if I may use the industry buzzwords) the "subtle nuances" of your acoustic guitar. If you have the cash to spend, this pickup is definitely worth it. Note that the pickup outputs a mono signal into a TRS jack. I was able to run my Piezo through the ring channel on the SA6's TRS jack, so now I have a pretty versatile system.

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Duncan SA 6

Mounting is some sort of difficult.
The sound is good
The sound quality is very impressive
My order for a new one but I received an used one which already...Read complete review

Mounting is some sort of difficult.
The sound is good
The sound quality is very impressive
My order for a new one but I received an used one which already got some damages.

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4.0

One of my best acosutic pickups to date

By Fire Hazard Music

from Lodi, WI

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    This is my best pick for percussive guitar so far. It picks up slaps on the guitar side better than my LR Baggs Anthem Stage Pro. With the Anthem I need to have the mic at 100% all the time and it is still not really picking up slaps well, the Duncan can be backed off a bit and still get a loud enough slap to come through. Only down side is, with the mic up the slaps come through with mostly the high frequencies so I tame the highs while boosting the correct band of lows with a PEQ. All in all I'm very pleased so far. For normal finger style and strumming both the Baggs and Duncan sound different but both are very good sounding pickups with very little messing around to get a pleasing tone.

     
    5.0

    FANTASTIC pickup/mic blend true acoustic tone & no feedback

    By Sheridan

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy Self Install
    • Easy To Use
    • Feedback Resistant
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • True Acoustic Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live Music
      • Recording direct into computer

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

      Recently, I was trying to find good pickup for my 2012 Baritone 8-string LTD. The ES1 wasn't a good fit and my favorite Baggs Anthem SL wasn't either as it had too much pressure from the low B on the transducer. I even considered sending the thing back to Taylor for the ES2 upgrade which would've cost me three hundred plus shipping both ways--yikes!

      And then this happened. I randomly remembered the Seymour Duncan Mag Mic sound hole pickup a few weeks ago. It had never been an option because I typically HATE sound hole pickups, but the youtube videos sounded great so I figured I would try it. The Mag Mic is a hybrid between a very nice humbucker pickup (twice the posts for a rich tone even without mic) and a condenser microphone. There's a volume knob and a blend knob that fades the mic in and out. The mic on 100% is still a blend with the pickup. It is thin and low key for being a sound hole pickup. The black was a very good choice as it looks very streamlined.

      This is a game-changer! It sounds incredible and will be permanently installed in my guitar for sure. I just plugged it into my little Mackie 150W speaker and CRANKED the volume enough to hurt my ears and sat 3 feet from it with it pointed to the sound hole. ZERO feedback even with the mic all the way up. The sweet spot seems to be around 50-65% mic.

      Lastly (yes, the end is near), the pickup comes with the option for an external (non permanent) installation with a cable that drapes gently outside the sound hole rather than having to drill an input jack. It can easily switch from guitar to guitar (although not in a live environment). This is an easy self install with a lot of options for how permanent it is. Keep in mind that after the install you will have to adjust the posts to get a good balanced sound from each string. However, this is a set and forget.

      Overall, this gets 6 stars and I highly recommend and will use again.

       
      5.0

      Bought my second one

      By Natural man

      from Lutsen MN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Intalled in my harp guitar

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

      This pickup produces great sound quality

       
      5.0

      Great sounding pickup

      By guitarano

      from Oregon

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

          Easy install, great sound! I've used it on both a D28 and Gibson 185 with good results.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You get what you pay for.

          By CJK

          from Chambersburg, PA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

            I have tried other pickups, inexpensive variety, on my vintage Ovation guitar. I finally decided to do some research and purchase a pickup that would give me the tonal quality I desired when played through a high quality acoustic amplifier. This is the one!
            Installation was no problem for me and I believe most guitarists would,also, not have an installation issue.

            The only downside I could envision, right now, is having to remove the strings, on the guitar, to replace the battery. Not a major problem. Otherwise, when I plugged into my amplifier and started to play, I knew I had made a good decision.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great pickup!

            By jammin salmon

            from Undisclosed

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Adjustable Pole Pieces
            • Easy to install
            • Good Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • Runing With Acoustic Amp
              • Running Through A Pa
              • Studio Work

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

              this pickup is really awesome, i installed mine in my martin om28v and it really captures the delicate overtones perfectly. the pickup is easy to install and once the strings settle down a bit after changing it really sounds wonderful. one of the best features of this pickup is the way you can adjust the pole pieces to make each individual string louder or quieter, and since i do alot of finger picking this is invaluable!! i run all of this through a equinox pre amp to a marshall as100 acoustic amp and its outstanding, clear natural and the pickup is super responsive to playing style, and is an absolute wonder in the studio, very high end. hey if its good enough for Xavier Rudd and Laurence Juber its good enough for me. highly recommended!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SA-6 in my Blueridge 12-string

              By mark kostrzewa

              from NorCal

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

              Easy to install. Looks great on the guitar. Directions are good. Sounds awesome. Adjusted mix to 100% mic input and still no feedback issues. So far found about 60/40 to 70/30 mic to mag mix to be perfect sound. Highly recommend.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A perfect addition to my Martin DSR

              By EricK

              from California

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

              I'm happy with it but now i have to upgrade the rest of my stuff to get the most out of the sound...it just never ends.
              You have to play around with it once it's installed, but the sound is exactly what I was looking for. My Martin has a deep rich full sound and I wanted to record that on my PC. I also bought Mixcraft 5 and use a USB POD to link everything. I am very happy with the final sound quality. If I had a real studio it would be even better. The sound is better than any of the built-in pickups I tried on Taylor, Gibson and other acoustic guitars. I was looking for this pickup for a couple years, and now I have it.
              Easy to install, perfect sound
              I was ready to pay any price for what I was looking for. The price was well below what I was expecting to pay.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Duncan SA 6

              By Thanh Nguyen

              from CA

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

              Mounting is some sort of difficult.
              The sound is good
              The sound quality is very impressive
              My order for a new one but I received an used one which already got some damages.

              (0 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Imperfect install?

              By Marshall Durrett

              from Austin, Texas

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

              I don't know if this is a product issue or installation issue, but this pickup kept falling out of my sound hole until I had to tighten it down myself. Now one of the wires has come loose inside my acoustic and it clangs around in transport. I'm going to have it removed the next time I swap out my strings.

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