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Re: Pickup vs. Mic

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on March 30, 2002 at 11:05:05:

In Reply to: Pickup vs. Mic posted by Michael Proveaux on March 30, 2002 at 01:49:44:

: What are the advantages of installing a pickup rather than using a mic wedged behind the tailpiece other than the obvious hassle of the mic method? My question is primarily about sound quality and safeguarding acoustic integrity. I don't suppose I'd mind the hassle much.

I always have a pickup on my bass, even when I have a mic as well. Unless you are familiar or experienced with the environment in which you will be playing, you won't know if a mic will be sufficient or even usable. Tight stages where you are a foot from a wall on one side and a foot away from the drummer on the other, and your amp is right behind you, you may find a mic to be impractical - not just from feedback, but bleed from other instruments, resonance and boom that prevent a clean sound...

I have been using the K&K Golden Trinity mic since I worked with K&K develop it, and in situations where I can solely rely on it, it's a wonderful thing. But in some situtations, be it environmental, as I mentioned, and/or when higher volumes are required, it's the pickup that saves my butt. That's why we have the Golden Trinity Upgrade System, so a player can integrate his current pickup with the mic system.

The "mic wedged behind the tailpiece" has its limitations tonally as well IMHO. If I were to use a conventional mic I'd rather have it on a boom stand pointing at me, but the convenience, consistency, and freedom of movement afforded by an on-board mic is very nice. I built my own on-board two condenser mic rig, clamped to my bridge, back in the late 70's, and used it for years, but always had a pickup as a backup.

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