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Old 02-17-2017, 05:53 AM
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Thumbs up Installed a JJB Prestige 330 in my Martin dread

I am an analog guy in a digital world. And this is my endorsement of the Prestige 330 passive pickup.

Despite my oppositions to electronics, open mics and occasional large gatherings made me realize that a pickup in my guitar was just a tool like any other. And it needn't intrude on my acoustic tone or aesthetics.

After lots of reading here and at the UMGF, I decided that the K&K Mini was just what the doctor ordered. I also decided that the doctor was in cahoots with big pharma or something, because the Prestige 330 by JJB Electronics was the same product -- like a generic drug.

So for $50 I acquired the Prestige 330, and for $40 a local shop installed it in my Martin MMV (the Guitar Center custom: D-28 woods and finishes with 15-series bracing and a bolt-on neck). So, $90 down.

Last night, in the few minutes I had to play with it, I was thrilled. Running straight from that passive pickup to a Marshall amp I borrowed from a friend, the sound was natural, warm, and full. I had to re-learn the idea of analyzing guitar sounds, and not getting blown away by pure volume. But at the end of the day I still have a classic looking dread, I didn't spend a lot, and I feel very good about the sound I am likely to get at an open mic next Monday.

I know I may want to drop another $75 to $100 on a preamp like one would get for the K&K Mini, but I won't do that until I need to.

Three cheers for JJB Electronics doing whatever voodoo they do to make an excellent pickup for kind of silly-inexpensive.
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:58 AM
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Congratulations! I put a JJB 330 in my D-16GT all on my own. I wasn't that difficult. I also put a K&K PWM in my OM-03R. To my ear, the K&K sounds a bit stronger that the JJB. YMMV.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:04 AM
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I put a JJB 330 in my D-16GT all on my own.
Dude. You're the man.

I've built a deck, a stone patio, and furniture. But the idea of dropping a drill onto my Martin? No sir. No sir. Not enough courage in me.
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Jjb was a pleasant surprise in my yammie, great addition to my budget friendly guitar setup. Congrats.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:10 AM
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:19 AM
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I run 330s or 220s in all my instruments these days.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:20 AM
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I've used the JJB 330 in several guitars, and have always been more than pleased. It's not identical to the K&K, but it is basically the same thing, and IMO there is not a $50 difference. Both are great pickups, but Jesse has a great thing going with JJB. Glad you're happy with it!
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:12 AM
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If you're getting a good sound already, don't bother with a preamp.

I find a pre makes little difference when using an acoustic amp.
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If you're getting a good sound already, don't bother with a preamp.

I find a pre makes little difference when using an acoustic amp.
This is true, for many acoustic amps, especially at home. However, not all PA systems will impedance match with JBB or K&K. So, the preamp/DI can be very useful to have for those situations. And, some folks will get their preamp/DI with all sorts of added features and effects, making it just a bit more useful.
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This is true, for many acoustic amps, especially at home. However, not all PA systems will impedance match with JBB or K&K. So, the preamp/DI can be very useful to have for those situations. And, some folks will get their preamp/DI with all sorts of added features and effects, making it just a bit more useful.
This ^^^^^.

To the OP: Glad it works well with your amp. But a preamp (even a cheap used boss ge-7) in your gig bag is a good idea, so when the day rolls around and you need it ... you got one. Look for one that has 1 megaohm input impedance.

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Dude. You're the man.

I've built a deck, a stone patio, and furniture. But the idea of dropping a drill onto my Martin? No sir. No sir. Not enough courage in me.
If you've built furniture you have the skills. It wasn't that hard.

I also installed a K&K Pure Western mini in my Larrivee OM-03R and the process was virtually identical. The difference being that I had to ream out the endpin (Larrivee installs oversized endpins that can be removed to accommodate a 1/4 jack) and the directions told me to glue on the transducers 1 at a time. If I had to do it over again, I'd have just made a jig to install all 3 transducers simultaneously as I did with the K&K - just to remove any ambiguity and to reduce the number of chances I could inadvertently glue my fingers to the bridge plate.
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...even a cheap used boss ge-7... 1 megaohm input impedance....
Thanks for the direction!
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I know I may want to drop another $75 to $100 on a preamp like one would get for the K&K Mini, but I won't do that until I need to.

Three cheers for JJB Electronics doing whatever voodoo they do to make an excellent pickup for kind of silly-inexpensive.
This ART Tube MP $40 preamp/DI box was recommended to me by a well-regarded luthier, who primarily uses them to go with passive soundboard systems like yours. I bought one, and it's money well spent.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-a...dio-mic-preamp
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Nothing wrong with JJB pickups. I have the 330 in my Alvarez parlor and it's louder than the K&K's that I have in the other two guitars. That's not to say that the Alvarez may be more resonant but the JJB holds it's own.

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