Bought this for my 9 year old son to clip on his violin. He wanted an electric violin for XMas but he needs more time playing before we sink that kind of $$ into his music career. Plugged it into my other son's amp and the electric craving is satisfied. Might get the 20.00 amp on Monoprice just for him to play with but this is an amazing little device for anyone who tinkers with music.
Its Small compacted and does its job. Its that simple...
PROS: This is an Awesome Clip on Pickup, for Your Acoustic Guitar, or any Instrument you need to Amp. It even works placing it on the Headstock of the Guitar instead of in the soundhole . It works and sounds great. Buy this one, You can't go wrong.
The description says it clips "on to the hole of your acoustic guitar." The size of the clip makes this work better on the headstock (and really the only way to use it for a ukulele, or smaller instruments. I use it for an Irish Bouzouki), and it's less likely to squawk. The bass is weak but some experimentation with placement can help with this.
PROS: Inexpensive, works as well as something 2-3x the price.
It does what it says and allowed my acoustic guitar to work with an amp. I tried to use it with Rocksmith 2014 on the PS3, but it was not loud enough on its own. It took me a little while to figure out where to stick it on the guitar as there were no instructions or picture to help. Other than that, it works.
it's a pickup, not a microphone so it doesn't pick up wind noise or ambient sound like you do with a clip on condenser mic. It is made in China, (as most are in this $ range) but I like the variety of shipping options from Monoprice since it ships from the USA. Could not find any other pickups under 30 bucks out there that didn't take 3-6 weeks to get to me from China. I needed it and got it in 2 days. I bought this for an F-5 scroll style Mandolin. It is a very sensitive pickup, but once you find where your "sweet spot" is on placement , it's just right! It picks up palm muted picking without over modulating open chord strumming. When mounting, the lower the better. keep in mind if you bump into the wire, it will pick it up.You don't want a lot of cord slapping against the side of your instrument. Play around with placement and think positive thoughts. Mine works best with the pickup part inserted inside and the clip part on the outside of the mandolin. I used the center opening of the f-hole just below the pick guard. The wire is not that long, but fine for me as I sit and play while plugged into my guitar pedal board right in front of me. May be a little short for a more mobile player and need a 1/4in extension. But for the money, what have you got to lose? . I wish I had purchased more than one the first time. I've purchased 4 more since then just because you never know when you might have an opportunity to bless someone with one.
PROS: small, simple sensitive, inexpensive,
CONS: none that are not manageable for me personally.
I have used it both as a contact mic and a tuner mic. I ordered about 5 of these and 1 or 2 had a little bad wire with a grounding hum when I used it as a mic. The support was great and I got it replaced with no out of pocket charge. Highly recommended!
Its what you can expect for 3 bucks. I got it just to try really, put it in the sound hole of my Taylor 814ce just to try and got nothing, but on the advice of another review tried the headstock oddly enough and it worked. Mainly gonna use it for the banjo. Worth picking up a couple just to have around
These work well with any tuner that has a 1/4" jack like the Korg CA-1 or CA-30. I use it to tune all my brass and woodwind students during football games and the mic will only pick up the vibrations of the instrument and not the noise of the loud football game. It's even big enough to fit on a flute.
A great deal when you consider the similar product from Korg is $25.
Now Monoprice needs to come out with their own chromatic tuner like the CA-1 so I'm not spending $30+ each on those.