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ZigZag

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Hi folks,

I'm new to this group and have just bought myself a LITM Dyer copy Harp Guitar and am having fun writing new tunes for it! It's a cool instrument. I am going to have to fit some kind of pickup system in it and wondered what folks here have found that works.
I have quite a few different types of things on my various other guitars e.g. LRBaggs, Fishman, Schatten and I was looking at a PickUpTheWorld for the HG.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

Cheers
Steve

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Right now I'm using a FRAP in combination with the Dearmond autoharp pickup.  I think it picks up the sound of the guitar very well.  I'll be recording on it for a school project when I get back from vacation, so I'll link a sound clip for you. Refer to this thread http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/harpguitars/vpost?id=1583070

to see what the dearmond looks like.  Both of these pickups are hard to find and pretty pricey too.

Andy McKee has a pretty good live sound recently, he was using an undersaddle w/ an internal condenser mic.  I don't remember what brand he was using, it was possibly the fishman system.  I would recommend that probably for the money.


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Stephen Bennett uses the Pick Up The World dual transducer system in his Merrill. Joe Morgan has also installed this same p/u in his Sedgwick harp guitar, and has plans to install the same in mine. (Hint-hint...)

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SB does have a Pick Up The World in his Merrill, but it has three transducers.  David Enke of Pick Up The World installed it when Stephen was in Colorado in September.  It's a custom unit, might even be a prototype.  Haven't seen one like it in their catalog.  Before that he was using a model #54 with two elements, which is what I have in my Sedgwick.  It's a passive pickup, so you need to run it through a preamp.  I'm using a Baggs Para-Acoustic D.I. and it sounds great.  Stephen has used a number of different DI's and preamps, but he was also using the Baggs Para-Acoustic last time I saw him.

 

I did have a #54 for Dennis Mitchell's Sedgwick.  But, Dennis wouldn't bring it over to the house so I put his pickup in Bennett's new Morris 6-string.

 

Don't worry Dennis, I've got another #54 on the way.  I'll let you know when it shows up.  Maybe then I'll get to play your new harp guitar

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I'll bring it to Winterfest for you to pick on. Still no rush on the p/u. I'd drop by after work, but traffic has become so crazy I try to head north out of Dallas as quick as I can.

Note: Joe and I live 40 miles from each other, and actually spend more time visiting at Winfield each year than we do here!


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Hello guys, I've been using a system by K&K sound which I find works really good for a Harp Guitar. It give me separate volume control for the Bass and Melody. I've put it a classical Harp I build last year and just put a stereo one in a Steel Harp Guitar I just finished. I love the sound I get from this system.

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Welcome Steve!

This is a subject that comes up here in cycles.  As others have said, if you've heard Stephen Bennett, you know how good the Pick up The World can sound.  The K&K stuff also gets mentioned a lot.  I've been impressed with what I've heard from it as well.  Last time I looked into K&K they had a pretty nice demo CD for their systems that they offered for free.  That might help in your decision.

Take care!

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Originally Posted by ZigZag
Hi folks,

I'm new to this group and have just bought myself a LITM Dyer copy Harp Guitar and am having fun writing new tunes for it! It's a cool instrument. I am going to have to fit some kind of pickup system in it and wondered what folks here have found that works.
I have quite a few different types of things on my various other guitars e.g. LRBaggs, Fishman, Schatten and I was looking at a PickUpTheWorld for the HG.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

Cheers
Steve

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Hey there ,
im am new here too , and its good to be here-  woo hoo !

I own one too !
 The  Dazzos sound great in it  (4 Dazzo's-  in this case because of the long bridge plate configuration . Otherwise 3 work in harp guitars ) 
 For this model ,they go right in FRONT of the bridgeplate ON the spruce .
Remember , this model is Ladder braced !
Teddy Randazzo Jr
Dazzo


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Hi,
 Just bought Mike Schrieners 20 string harp guitar, was thinking a piezo set-up would have a nice sound. Any thoughts on my nonsense?
 BTW, hope to meet you all at the next gathering.

                                                 Dennis Weislik

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Dear Dennis: I recommend to have a special K and K made by them for your harp guitar, they are amazing sounding and quite affordable...

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