*External jack is not included - You will need to solder it to the jack of your choice.
This Violin Pickup is a miniature vibration sensor cast directly into a Superieur Despiau “Two Tree” maple bridge for maximum sensitivity and signal transfer. As an integral part of the bridge, it effortlessly captures the instrument’s inherent dynamics. Furthermore, its selective admittance pattern is aligned so that the signal is generated as the bridge moves in a left-right motion (in response to the string vibrations). The pickup also rejects any impulse directed to the plane of the bridge- minimizing annoying finger squeaks, body noise and feedback. It is the pickup of choice for top pros like Mark O’Connor, Darol Anger, Jean-Luc Ponty and Sara Watkins. An external preamp is recommended.
Please note the bridge is not cut. It will need to be adjusted for height, string grooves, and feet to fit your violin. We recommend having it installed by a professional luthier.
Superieur Despiau "Two Tree" maple bridge
Even string-to-string balance
Read the full Installation Manual
Questions About Electric Instruments?
We get a lot of questions about electric instruments, pickups, and amplifiers, and different set up scenarios. This video covers some of the basics about:
- Passive vs. Active Pickups
- Preamps and Amps
- Silent Practicing
- Recording to computer/ios devices
We try out different set ups to find out if it'll work, or if it's wack!
I already had the jack and it was easy to solder the Briggs pickup wire to the jack. The bridge requires expert fitting and carving. The result is a pickup of even and open tone. Probably better for bluegrass, old time, country, and Irish than classical, but probably okay for classical too.
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