michael saulnier Posted September 5, 2003 Share Posted September 5, 2003 I recently had a chance to try several Taylor guitars with their new acoustic pickup system. The idea is interesting... change the way acoustic guitars convert sound into amplified sound... It uses multiple devices, including a part that senses the "top" and the movement of it... In practice I found the sound quality, (using just a regular guitar cord) to be good, perhaps not "earth shattering"... maybe other cords would have a different result. But I did notice a problem that makes this system a concern for my technique... The very sensors that are designed to more accurately amplify the guitar are also "hyper-sensitive" to normal "movement" of your arm and hands on the guitar. When I strummed the strings for example the sound of my arm lightly moving across the sound board was GREATLY amplified... to my dismay. Hand "squeeks" were likewise highly amplified compared to "normal" amplification... In order to play without these distrations, I would have to change my technique substantially including COMPLETELY removing my pick hand arm from touching the guitar... I'm not sure if I could always feel comfortable doing this... Considering I wasn't "jaw-dropped" with "improved" sound quality... this system makes me believe I'm not missing something important... Perhaps future versions of these systems will be able to better compensate for these issues while continuing to improve the sound quality... I'm willing to keep trying them until they do... So what about you? Have you tried a new Taylor with this installed... if so, what did you think? Did you experience the same thing I did? guitplayer I'm still "guitplayer"! Check out my music if you like... http://www.michaelsaulnier.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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