Pickups

Deltoluxe?

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Anyone seen or heard the Gretsch Deltoluxe pickup? It’s a soundhole pickup for acoustics. Supposedly a take on the 60’s DeArmond soundhole pickup.

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Saw that; curious, but don't have a guitar to put it on.

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I've only seen pictures. It looks good, and is supposed to be a copy of the De Armond 600. I have a couple acoustics that it'd work on. I've always had a soft spot for a flat top with a mag pickup.

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If it sounds like the original, that's a great offering! If anyone gets to try one please report...

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Cool, and not too spendy.

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Pretty clean Id like to ear it thru a Vox

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Does anybody have an idea of it will work for a 4 string tenor guitar? Can't find specific details on the technique and not familiair with how the DeArmond works. Ready to try it out though.

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Does anybody have an idea of it will work for a 4 string tenor guitar? Can't find specific details on the technique and not familiair with how the DeArmond works. Ready to try it out though.

– UnclePaulie

I don't see any individual pole pieces. Should be fine for a tenor. Center it to be sure. DeArmond made both bar type pickups as well as some with individual pole pieces. Contact mike/piezo types as well.

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I ordered one... I will let you know what I think once I get it.

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I bought one a few weeks agoo. Put it on my Alhambra Nj3a jumbo. Fits and sounds nice.

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Do you use bronze strings? Curious if there is any imbalance between the wound and plain steel strings.

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Have you tried it in an overdriven tube amp?

I am hoping to achieve a Lightnin' Hopkins / Elmore James sound.

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Just got this today.

Using Martin Retro Monels strings on my Henderson Century of Progress run into a 5F1 Champ replica it is as close to Lightnin Hopkins with a Dearmond 210 as I am going to get for under $100.

I will be permanently mounting this in my Stage Deluxe.

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The real test will be to plug it into the Junior Barnyard that will be arriving on Tuesday.

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Wanna put it on my resonator ... but if they’d ran the lead out true side instead of the back, it’d be done already. Hhhhmmmm ... pop the solder joint on the pickup and move the lead, or drill a hole in the top of the resonator ???

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I’m leaning towards popping the pickup apart

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I'm thinking of getting one for a 1930s Oahu square-neck Hawaiian guitar I have. They sure are good-looking. I'm having trouble finding a pickup small enough for a 3.5 inch soundhole, and I'm hoping this one would work.

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I've had one in a Cordoba Acero dreadnought for a few months now. I like it, but it's not really a true acoustic sound, if that's what you're after. On the positive side, it's nothing like a zingy piezo quack, either. It sounds, to me, a lot, though not exactly, like a magnetic neck-position pickup in a hollowbody guitar, which isn't real surprising, given that that's pretty much what it is. It does sound like the old DeArmond 210 soundhole pickup I used to have back in the '70s, and for playing rhythm on western swing-y things, it does the job, and that's the principal reason I like it, because that's what I wanted. A volume control would have been nice, but I have one of those Taylor cables with the volume knob on the plug, and it does the job just fine.

I shot a demo video of it a while ago, but haven't had time to edit it yet. If and when I do, you'll be the first to know.


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