Magazine article Guitar Player

Mike Christian Guitar Pickup

Magazine article Guitar Player

Mike Christian Guitar Pickup

Article excerpt

Not too long ago, the only option for players who wanted to use both acoustic and electric sounds on the same song was an awkward acoustic guitar holder that forced you to stand like a slow dancer at an aggressively chaperoned Catholic school prom. More recent developments include guitars featuring piezo pickup bridges such as the Parker Fly Deluxe and Hamer Duo Tone, which allow you to achieve electric and credible acoustic tones from the same instrument. Unfortunately, both guitars are somewhat expensive, and what if you don't want to put aside your favorite ax for the songs where you need both acoustic and electric sounds?

The Mike Christian guitar pickup ($155, gold-plated $175) is a retrofit system that provides an inexpensive and convenient alternative for players who want to get acoustic and electric sounds from one instrument. Available in Strat, Tele, or Tune-O-Matic models (the Strat and Tele versions are replacement saddles; the Tune-O-Matic version is a complete bridge), the pickups can be installed with a minimal modification: minor rewiring, cutting away a small portion from the pickguard or pickup ring, and mounting a 3-way mini toggle switch and stereo output jack. If you're handy with a soldering iron and drill, installation is quite simple. The only telltale signs are six small wires leading from the individual piezo pickups attached to each of the six Teflon-based BoronPolyTrinate saddles.

We received a Strat with the Christian pickup already installed for evaluation. …

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