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Old 12-11-2018, 04:19 PM
jonfields45 jonfields45 is offline
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Its been decades since I've owned a guitar with the ceramic crystal Fishman passive piezo pickup. I recall the polymer Matrix and Element, which require a preamp inside the guitar, were a big step up. If it was between what I remember of that passive piezo UST and more recent experience with a K&K, then the K&K is the clear winner.

If avoiding a battery is your issue, then the Mi-Si Trio I use is another option that is competitive with a Baggs Element. It uses a super capacitor that you charge in about a minute for 18 hours of play.

For top dollar, the Barbera Soloist replaces your bridge saddle and is reported to be an excellent sounding pickup that can work passively.
Jon Fields

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