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Old 04-16-2018, 12:35 PM
martingitdave martingitdave is offline
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It is possible to get a good sound out of either pickup system. Both require compromise. The Matrix UST itself does not alter acoustic tone in my experience. I did not believe this at first. But, I have experimented with the Matrix. It seems to make no difference. The material appears to be similar density and hardness as the saddle itself. But, the preamp hanging off the soundboard can. The passive K&K is light weight and OK with the right equalization. The advantage of the Fishman is that it is plug and play direct to the amplification. The K&K will take a DI Preamp and you still might not love the tone. It’s a trial and error process. The K&K will take the weight out of the guitar for sure. But the results you want are not guaranteed.
Martin D-28 Authentic '37 (K&K Passive)
Martin D-28 Marquis (K&K Active)
McPherson Sable Honeycomb (Schatten HFN VT)
Taylor 358 LTD (ES2)

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