Oh boy. I’m not proud of sharing that story. Anyway, I was looking for an acoustic guitar pickup for my Yamaha C-40 classical guitar. I never bought any ‘external’ pickups before so I really had no clue what to look for. Anyway, after browsing through a bunch of product reviews I narrowed my search down and ended up looking at the Seymour Duncan SA3SC Woody SC and the AXL Transducer Acoustic Guitar Pickup. The former device just by appearance seemed to be a little more sturdy, so I placed an order for the “Woody”.
A couple of days later I unfortunately realized that I did put in the necessary due diligence. First of all, there was no way that the Woody would have fitted on my Yamaha C-40. The soundhole of the guitar was way too small. I finally looked at the manual and it clearly says it there that the soundhole must have a minimum size of 3.85 inches in diameter. Alright, I’m a Do-It-Yourself type of guy so I didn’t hesitate to take the pickup over into my garage, took out a saw and just cut a little piece of wood off on the backside of the device. Voila, it now just fitted perfectly.
With that being said, I was surprised that I didn’t hear anything when I plugged the cable into my Marshall amp. I determined that I either damaged the pickup with my clumsy attempt in modifying its size or that it was just defective in the first place. Yet, I was wrong again. It says it clearly on the package. The Seymour Duncan SA3SC Woody SC Acoustic Guitar Pickup is specifically designed for acoustic guitars with steel strings. Duh!!!
Anyway, despite my stupidity, I am actually really happy that I got this pickup. The tone is phenomenal, very rich and warm, no weird fuzziness and no tin-can sound. Here is a video review on the Seymour Duncan Woody SC:
So, that’s it. Just make sure that your guitar’s soundhole has the right size and then you’re good to go. The 14’ cable is super convenient. And as I said, all you got to do is wedge the device on your soundhole and plug in the cable, that’s all it takes.
The product has been reduced to under $40 which is a steal – click here for more details. Highly recommended. Oh, by the way, the Woody is actually made in “USA”, just to mention.