The 8 Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Updated December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

8 Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups
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We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Any gigging singer-songwriter will need to boost their instrument's volume when playing in larger or noisy venues. These acoustic guitar pickups provide an easy and convenient way to do that and are available with pickups and as transducer-only systems. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best acoustic guitar pickup on Amazon.

8. Shadow Prestige SH-145-BK

The Shadow Prestige SH-145-BK is constructed as a stacked humbucker to resist negative vibrations resonating within the chamber. Its mounting edges are on the stiff side, however, so they might create some vibration of their own.
  • samarium cobalt magnets
  • powered by a 3 volt cell
  • poorly placed volume wheel
Brand Shadow
Model SH-145-BK
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. K&K Pure Mini

The K&K Pure Mini is a transducer-only system, meaning that it has no microphone and no magnetic pickups of any kind. It's purely a passive, pressure-based system. With three receiver points along the underside of the saddle, it produces a very lifelike sound.
  • no soldering required
  • high output without batteries
  • prone to feedback around 110 hz
Brand K&K Sound
Model K&K-0233
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. LR Baggs Lyric

Often, the purest reproduction of an acoustic guitar's tone comes from a well-placed microphone, and the LR Baggs Lyric places itself as close to the action as possible: inside the body. It can't quite match the brightness you'd get from a more traditional pickup, however.
  • tru-mic noise cancelling technology
  • analog signal conditioning
  • annoying wire length
Brand LR Baggs
Model LYRIC
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. LR Baggs M80

The LR Baggs M80 features adjustable pole pieces that let you define your preferred tonal response, as well as a multi-segment battery check to ensure your pickup is alive and well before any gig. The cream coloring is meant to blend in with most woods.
  • feedback resistant
  • active or passive option
  • lacks low end response
Brand LR Baggs
Model M80
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Fishman Matrix Infinity

The Fishman Matrix Infinity is a single-method undersaddle transducer that translates the vibration of your guitar's sound chamber into particular tonal signals. Its preamp system adds articulation to what could be an otherwise muddy process.
  • lets you directly adjust mid tones
  • multiple slot widths
  • responds better to bone saddles
Brand Fishman
Model PROMANINF
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. AER AK 15

Compatible with both steel and nylon string guitars, the AER AK 15 combines an electronic condenser microphone and preamp with a piezoelectronic transducer that senses the specific pressures caused by the vibrating string saddle and reproduces them as electric signals.
  • minimal mechanical impact
  • volume and blend knobs
  • difficult to place transducer
Brand AER
Model AK15-PLUS
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Seymour Duncan Woody Hum Canceller

The Seymour Duncan Woody Hum Canceller is double potted to resist feedback, and its passive ceramic magnet design picks up a tone that focuses more on the mid and treble frequencies than it does on the bass, creating a brighter soundscape.
  • instantly mountable
  • comes in three wood-mimicking colors
  • no volume controls
Brand Seymour Duncan
Model SA-3HC
Weight 12.6 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Fishman Rare Earth Blend

The humbucking design of the Fishman Rare Earth Blend utilizes a twice-coiled magnetic pickup in conjunction with a high quality condenser microphone to produce a tone that combines the pure attack of the strings with the warm resonance of the guitar's interior.
  • knobs placed at the sound hole
  • high resolution signal
  • temporary or permanent installation
Brand Fishman
Model PROREP103
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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