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Old 01-23-2021, 07:30 PM
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Well, after years of kicking around the idea I finally got my first CF guitar today. I spent most of the day on the road so I haven't had an opportunity to take photos just yet, but I sure am stoked. I travel a great deal and spend about 7-8 weeks each summer leading music for camps, some have indoor auditoriums while others have open-air facilities, so I believe the CF guitar will fill a great need in my repertoire. The one thing I will need to do is install a pickup and I'm wondering what direction some of you have gone (or would go) when choosing an aftermarket pickup for your Rainsong. I found a couple old threads, but was just curious if anyone had walked this road recently. Thanks in advance and thanks for letting me share!
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I have minimal needs for amplification but had a K&K Pure Mini installed in my V-DR1100N2. Sounds really good...
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The one thing I will need to do is install a pickup and I'm wondering what direction some of you have gone (or would go) when choosing an aftermarket pickup for your Rainsong. !
I have a K&K pure mini in my Rainsong Shorty. It's been mostly really good. However, I have learned that unless your runs to the board are short, you really want to pack along a DI box with ground lift.

If I had to do it again, I would have the jack installed 2" counterclockwise (down when playing) instead of at the traditional endpin location. I'm starting to really appreciate having a separate endpin and jack. I had Emerald install the jack this way on my Chimaera.
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For a retro-fit option, the K&K and Schatten pickups seem like the best bet. Easy to install, easy to remove, easy to use. You could have a traditional under-saddle pickup installed (Fishman, LR Baggs, etc) also. You might look at stompbox-style preamps, which would give you the ability to control tone and output volume (some have onboard tuners, DI outputs, or boost functions and effects also).

Sounds like a good fit for the types of environments you'll be playing in. So nice to have an instrument that boldly goes wherever you take it!
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