Guitar Wiring

Integrated Pickup: Revisiting Action Setup

Integrated Pickup: Revisiting Action Setup

Another look at the integrated saddle/piezo pickup. You’ll most often find these in Takamine guitars but there are variants around. Like this Epiphone pickup. The action needed a little finessing here and this version presented it’s own challenges.

Meet the Takamine Palathetic Pickup

Meet the Takamine Palathetic Pickup

First time you encounter a Takamine Palathetic pickup, you’re all, like, “Woah! Dude!? What gives?”

Yeah, it’s a bit weird-looking compared to most other under-saddle transducer pickups but there’s method behind Takamine’s madness.

Check it out… (Dude)…

Hum Problems with Bone Saddles and Takamine-Style Pickups

Hum Problems with Bone Saddles and Takamine-Style Pickups

Normally, Id recommend a bone saddle as a good upgrade for an acoustic instrument. However, here’s a rare instance where I’d advise against bone. Takamine-style integrated pickups don’t always play nicely with bone saddles.

Find out more…

Adjusting Action with a Takamine Integrated Pickup

Adjusting Action with a Takamine Integrated Pickup

Lowering the action on an acoustic guitar is generally a (relatively) straightforward task.

Unless, of course, your guitar has a Takamine-style ‘integrated pickup’. Then you need to regroup.

Get the low-down…

Acoustic Power: The magic of piezoelectricity

Acoustic Power: The magic of piezoelectricity

Electric guitar pickups turn string vibrations into electricity. So do the piezo pickups often used in acoustic. The only difference is the way they do it.

We’ll talk more about the properties and problems of different acoustic pickups over the next few weeks so, for now, a piezo primer…

Want some recommendations for choosing a pickup?

Want some recommendations for choosing a pickup?

Obviously, as someone who installs pickups regularly, I often get asked for some recommendations. Players are considering an upgrade or swap and will hit me up for some advice on the tone of this or that pickup, or whether a particular pickup will suit the style they're going for. You know the sort of thing. 

Click through and check out my advice…

How to install jacks, pots and switches in hollow guitars

How to install jacks, pots and switches in hollow guitars

If you've ever had to wire or replace components inside a hollow or semi-hollow guitar, you probably know what a pain it is. You have to fish all the wiring and components through the f-hole to work on them. Even worse, then you have to get them back. It's like building a ship in a bottle but there are some tricks to make things a little less annoying.