This is the best pickup i ever have. I always want to play beautiful music with my Zoom A3 & my AER 60/3. From undersaddle pickup ithen I changed to K&K pure mini that's 2 different 2 world sound. I can hit my guitar body tio generate percussion like nowadays fingerstyle guitar. So you will get more natural acoustic sound when you strum your guitar strings and the vibration of the string through the soundboard will send the signal to K&K contact pickuo not like undersaddle one, the vibration of your strum will go through the piezo pickup under the saddle, there are limitation of percussion guitar with undersaddle pickup. go for K&K and you"ll never fegret it...
This is an incredible pickup that i've had installed in about 3 different guitars. This one went in my Martin D-28 Marquis. I use a RedEye preamp and it sound fantastic! I don't like undersaddle pickups because they change the tone of the guitar. This is a nice no battery passive pickup that keeps you from having to deal with batteries, and cutting extra holes in your expensive instrument. Shoreline has the absolute best service! I highly recommend the pickup and shoreline.
I have used k&k pure mini in six guitar, it is very good sounding on any size of guitar, I think it is the best match with the L.R. Baggs para D.I., it give me just the sound I want!
Very nice sounding pickup. I was surprised by the excellent volume I got, given that it's passive. Unfortunate that you need super glue to get the best tone. Such an ugly looking mess of super glue and putty if you look inside. Glad it's hidden from view.
Great ordering experience...super communication from the Shoreline Music Team. The pickup arrived quickly, in well protected packaging, just as promised.
I installed the pickup using the included instructions in less than an hour.
Fantastic pickup in my Larrivee D-04w. Best bang for your buck, hands down!
Hands down the best acoustic guitar pickup I have ever used. I have tried most of the other brands and nothing compares. To make it perfect, buy a good preamp like the Radial Engineering PZ deluxe. The K&K tends to be bass heavy and you will need to tone down the bass a bit either via the preamp or on the amp itself. IMO this pickup has the most natural tone, is the lightest in weight and requires not on board battery. One can even get by with out a preamp as the pickup is so HOT but to dial in your tone to personal taste, you will need some sort of EQ. I have purchased several pickups as well as my preamp from Shoreline music and have always been very pleased with their products and service.
Back in 2002 when my luthier friend (the late) Jack Armbrust built me a beautiful slim-line cutaway 6-string acoustic guitar, I did a lot of reading, research and audio comparisons on the net of various pickups available. I finally settled on the K&K "Pure Western" system and never looked back. NO batteries, no muss, no fuss, no bother. Through a PA system, so long as the sound man knew what he was doing, the guitar, amplified, had the same tonal character as it does unamplified. So, when my friend Bob Roberts recently built me this wonderful copy of the venerable 1940 Gibson L-00, I didn't hesitate. Invested in the K&K Mini (smaller version of the Pure Western) and have no regrets whatsoever. If you want the natural sound of your guitar without the bother of batteries, on-board EQ and volume controls, etc., this is the way to go!
This K&K was put into a 30 year old Martin M-36. This well played M-36 has a rather large voicing for a less than full body guitar. I was simultaneously putting a Baggs I-Beam into my 20 year old Gibson J-200. Both attach to the underneath side of the bridge with the K&K having 3 sensors instead of the single continuous one in the Baggs. The problem with the Baggs in the J-200 is that the excellent bright clarity and presence of the upper strings are exactly the same on the lower strings and therefore lacks a distinctive bass sound to the lower strings. This especially troublesome since I play a lot of drop D tunings. It also seems to have a bit of a cupped sound just like it was inside a guitar.This cupped sound and the bright bass is very hard to EQ out without affecting the upper strings This really should start out being managed by design at the pickup which the three sensors of the K&K address. K&K also has me struggling as to properly EQing to sound like a true mic'd sound it allows tremendous feedback from the D string vibrating as you turn the volume up in a small rehearsal room. I am using a feedback buster in the sound hole to control this at higher volume. And while the K&K have the 3 sensors they are not independently adjustable to help voice a particular guitar. In some ways these two pickups make me wonder how bad a previously installed piezo really was.The ultimate still is a mic in front of a guitar but I am trying some new pre-amp options to trick these two beasts into behaving since a mic is also limited in using in a fully plugged in ensemble! I would say that the K&K has an advantage since it has the 3 separate sensors and that does provide a pleasing full sound. And the I-Beam of course being active, gives one a little extra option in fine tuning a carefully EQ'd sound. In all fairness I have played neither pickup in a large room yet. And many thanks to Shoreline for the great quick service and shipping at the right price. I will be back...
I've owned a number of acoustic pickups over the years and this pickup is the most natural sounding! I would highly recommend the K&K pure mini!
Once again I selected a K&K pm pickup and installed easily into my Taylor T5z making it actually a T6z!
Great acoustic tone and extends the presence of my guitar on stage
I have never been disappointed by k&k or the great customer service at Shoreline
Quick delivery and excellent follow up by John and staff
The K&K pickups are the best pickups you can buy for acoustic instruments. They're easy to install and provide the best acoustic tone of any pickups I've used. I much prefer them to the under-saddle offerings I've tried in the past. I've got the Pure Mini and the Trinity Pro Mini on my six-strings, the Pure 12-string on my 12, and the Mandolin Twin Internal on my mandolin- all purchased from Shoreline Music because they provide the best customer service of any online retailer I've done business with!
This is about the 5th K&K pure mini I've purchased. The tone is pure acoustic, whether through the PA at church and through my Fishman Loudbox Artist at home.
Very non-invasive, passive, and light. I highly recommend this well-respected pickup!
This is the second Martin I've outfitted with a K&K pure mini from Shoreline. No fuss, no muss and it sounds like a guitar. This is a great pickup for the money. Always excellent service from Shoreline.
I've used a lot of pickups over the years and the K&K pure mini provides the most accurate acoustic tone I've found. I also like that it's minimally invasive (only need to drill out the end pin), no battery installation is required and the transducers are low mass, so there's virtually no impact on the guitar. I perform in an acoustic trio and this pickup never disappoints. A good number of my friends in the local music community are using the K&K pure mini. As our local luthier put it, "If you like the sound of your guitar, get a K&K."
I really like the K&K pure mini for overall usage, as a matter of fact this is the third Pure Mini I bought for my guitars. If you need a lot of gain without feedback, you would need an under the saddle system, but the K&K provides good gain with good more natural tone and low impact installation.
There is no better pickup for the money I've found. True acoustic tone, not nasily, ice picky, harshness like you get from most UST pickups. I've put them in all my guitars.
I've put these in every instrument I play out with. Good reliable sound across a variety of instrument types. The external k& K preamp is great for fine tuning eq, but I love that you can plug straight in without any DI and still get plenty of output and get good sound without further eq needed. Plus to not have batteries inside the guitar.
I installed this pickup on a custom Taylor GC I bought from Shorline Music and it sounds fantastic. I have one also installed on my Taylor GA Koa guitar and I am very happy with both of them. Now I'm going to let John talk me into buying a preamp...
Simple, hassle-free and solid even tone. Paired with a good preamp or mixing console the K&K Pure Mini will perform with gratifying results.
This is my second Mini- one in a Larrivee dread and now one in a Taylor 514. I think these pickups excel for finger picking. I use either a K&K DI or a Baggs- either works but I must turn down the bass on the Baggs. Shoreline was great to work with.
I've used many pickups over the years, and this one is basically plug and play, with great tone and no piezo quack. I've been using it directly into an acoustic amp with no issues.
For the price and simplicity you really can't beat the K&K mini. I do use it with the Red-eye pre amp, but it sounds really good without it. As long as you can make a few EQ tweets at the board ( which almost always needs to be done anyway) you should be just fine running straight from a DI to the board.
this pickup is the best for all kind of acoustic instruments, i've installed the K&K on a lot of acoustic guitars and all sound great, it reproduces the acoustic sound faithfully.
This pickup is a great choice for those of us who want to be able to plug in and go. It benefits from an external preamp (I use the Fireye), but if necessary, it's got enough output plugged straight in and still sounds pretty good. It's definitely possible to get a lot more complicated with your amplification system, but for the majority of things I use it for, the Pure Mini has everything I need and nothing I don't. I should mention that I also have the version of this pickup with the passive volume control on another guitar, and haven't ended up needing that particular feature very often, which is why I went back to this basic version.
I have used K&K products exclusively since they were commercially available. I still have one of the first Quantum Blenders ever sold and it has held up well for - 20 ish years - just a guess. Sonic-ally I haven't used a finer acoustic pickup system. Well in all honesty I do use a Rane AP13 along with an Alesis stereo 7 band para eq for very large venues. I much prefer to use the one of my K&K preamps for ease of setting up and the sound quality is very near the Rane at 1/4 the expense in time to tweak and financially. If you are playing in front of 800 or more people then okay you will have time to get crazy on sound down to each note. Otherwise just use K&K pickups and preamps. I have been pro since 1976.
I’ve been playing acoustic now for about 15 years, and exclusively for about 10 years. When it comes to piezo style pickups I’ve used only the UST type. I have never been satisfied with my tone using USTs but find that most electro-acoustic guitars come stock with them and I never had the budget for a custom or special order guitar. In 2014 that changed and I ordered a guitar without electronics with intentions of researching my options. I’ve heard nothing but good things about K&K and many of my favorite guitarists use them and have great live tone. I ordered my first K&K and installed it in my Rainsong over the weekend and, WOW! What can I say that has not already been said about K&K? No wonder everyone is so excited about these transducers. And, just when I thought things couldn’t get better, I plugged the system into a quality outboard pre/di and, well… it just puts a smile on my face. I’ve never been so happy about my tone and will never order a guitar with stock electronics again, unless of course it has a K&K. Killer product for guitarists that demand more from their amplified tone!
I purhased this K&K Pure Mini to install in the Larrivee OM40 I just purchased from Shoreline. First, the pickup: IMHO, it's the best pickup on the market. Easy to install, easy to use, and what I consider to be a very accurate representation of my guitar's acoustic properties. This is probably the 15th K&K I've bought for either my guitars or for friends, and they've all worked wonderfully. Nice low end, the kids cut, and the highs are clear, with no "quack" that you get with under-saddle pickups. Just all around a great, simple solution to plugging in!
Now, second, Shorline: absolutely my favorite online store (which would be my favorite brick-and-mortar were I not on the wrong side of the continental divide). John and crew are outstanding to work with! They are knowledgeable, friendly, and provide excellent support to any and all questions I've had. Add great pricing, quick shipping, and unbelievable customer service and, well...it's a no brainer!
Thanks again John!
I have purchased about 40 or 50 of these pickups for my personal use and my students. I have one in my Olson SJ, Beauregard OM and Collings OM1. All sound excellent! I even have them installed in cheap student guitars like a Luna Safari or Baby Taylor. There is just nothing better and need no battery! I've had every pickup available and this is by far the best. Shoreline gets my order to me quick and always offers the best price.
Purchased my 5th? 8th? 10th? K&K mini from Shoreline recently as usual they shipped quickly and let me know when the order was received and shipped. I will continue to business with them due to their superior customer service and communication. Thanks Shoreline!
Love k&k,s...Have them in 5 of my guitars..I,ve tried them all and this is the best pickup for me..Tks for great service Shoreline.
I have already used the K&K mini pickup setup in another guitar ....This time around I ordered 2 pickups since I need them for 2 different guitars ....The K&K gives a nice, genuine acoustic tone in any guitar I use them in .....Shoreline music got these pickups out to me in a timely manor , and was a pleasure to do business with ....I will order more products from them in the future .....Jim
This pickup installs easily (don't be intimidated; just take your time). I love the pure sound reproduction of this pickup. Very natural sounding. Save your money by buying non-electric acoustics and install one of these. A lot of sound-per-pound (geez, that was cheezie!). Anyway, very satisfied with the K&K Pure Mini and super-satisfied with Shoreline!
I've used the K&K Pure Mini pickup in a Collings 000, through a LR Baggs Para DI, then into a Bose L1 compact on an average of twice per month for the last 3 years at the church I attend; strumming, cross and finger picking all sound natural and articulate with this pickup. For me it produces a round bass, warm mid range and clear trebles; I've received a lot of nice comments on how good this combination sounds. When I purchased a Santa Cruz earlier this year and decided to install a pickup, I didn't hesitate in buying another from Shoreline. You can see by the other 5 star reviews it's hard to go wrong with this one.
If you play anywhere and want a bit more voice to your guitar this is an easy to install pickup with very low "impact" on the appearance of your instrument.
Yet it allows for connection to an amp or PA system so, as in my case a small body guitar, can still be heard. The pickup sounds just like my guitar, with a bit more voice. Played it at service this weekend and got great feedback on how it sounded. Looking at the preamp next.
Shoreline rocks! A hand written thank you in the box. I'll buy more from them just because of that personal touch!
I've been playing and performing for just short of 40 years - the struggle of acoustic amplification has been continual and as my instrument have become much more refined (a Mcknight and 2 Charis) I've become even more demanding from my electronics. On their own, the Pure Mini's do a great job of reproducing a very accurate picture of what my instruments sound like. Pair them with the Pure XLR preamp and it takes it to another level. Ease of installation is yet another plus. You just can't go wrong with this product.
I have installed over 500 pickup systems over the years. I would say that close to half of those were K&K. My shop is in the Tampa Bay area. I'm located five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Many of my customers make their living playing acoustic guitars near the beach. As you can imagine, the heat and salt air play havoc with virtually every aspect of an acoustic guitar and it's pick up system. The K&K avoids nearly all of the pitfalls of a typical under saddle pickup system. With this system you get the tone of the guitar not the strings. Most piezo based pickup systems give you a sound that is usable and pleasant, but does not represent the guitar's tone. The K&K takes the sound of your guitar and makes it possible to amplify THAT sound. Having no batteries on board is a plus. A lot of my customers are very busy and tend to forget such things at exactly the wrong times. I've converted a lot of my customers to using the system along with outboard controls instead of the traditional onboard preamp. When you get used to using a volume pedal, you realize how easy it is to make changes on the fly while playing and singing. In my personal experience, the install is not for amateurs. In order to guarantee a successful outcome it should definitely be installed by a professional. Are there other good pick up systems out there? Yes. Several of them as a matter of fact. But this one is my favorite. It's the one I use in my own guitars.
This is a great product. I am a Luthier from South Carolina and install either the K & K Mini or the L.R. Baggs iBeam in my instruments. I like both Pups and install one or the other based on type of guitar, or the client's preference. The K & K is a much "louder" pickup compared to the iBeam, but a bit more finicky to install. Not difficult to install, just requires a bit more finesse. I installed the K & K in an OM guitar (I'm keeping this one for myself) that I just finished. I had purchased an iBeam for this instrument, but found that the bridge plate/X-bracing did not allow enough room for the Baggs pick-up. The K & K was tight, but worked out well. Did three, 3-hour performances (fingerstyle Blues) this weekend and the K & K sounded great with no issues. At about $100, this passive pick-up brings out the best in the sound of an acoustic instruments. I have put active high-end pickups in several guitars at a cost of ~$300, but still prefer the natural sound of the K & K and the iBeam.
Pickups for acoustic guitars always seem to to be a compromise and I have found the K& K mini to be a very good choice. It is invisible, doesn't need batteries and no UST harshness. I always run them through a preamp to a PA and I can get a really good sound. This is my 4th set and I may eventually explore the trinity system but that needs a blender preamp.
Quick and fast service. I like these pickups and have installed them in several guitars.
I am a small hobby builder - haysguitars.com
Picked up some Loctite gel from the hardware store, followed the install instructions and wallah! I now have an acoustic electric Seagull S6! I ran my guitar through the Boss EQ pedal which made it sound great!
I had the pure mini installed in my '57 Gibson Lg-1 (ladder braced) and it sounds great. I was never a fan of piezo UST pickups because of the quackiness and harshness when strumming hard. The pure mini immediately added so much warmth and brings out the woodiness of the aged wood. It was a little bass and mid heavy running into a DI box to the PA system, but my sound engineer was able to cut some of the lows and mids. It definitely has enough power to get loud and I haven't had any feedback issues. I may consider getting a K&K pure preamp to enhance the sound, but am overall very satisfied.
After a couple or recommendations from friends I bit the bullet. Put in a 1973 Guild D-25 ... so wanted minimal invasion of the body- K&K a snap to install ... done in an hour after receiving.
Sounding great ... a more even tone over the strings than my previous LB6. Now to save up for an AER compact 60/3
I don't like batteries in my guitars - it is cumbersome and one always runs the risk of them leaking. My choice of a pick-up system is a sound board transducer design (SBT). There are some good ones on the market to choose from, but I decided to standardize on the K&K pure mini for all my guitars and I'm glad I did.
Now I only need one pre amp that is matched to the pickups of all my guitars, and the battery is in there - not the guitar.
Most important though is the natural sound I get from these systems as well as the easy of installation and no-nonsense operation. I ordered another from Shoreline yesterday and I can't wait for it to arrive. It is going into my Morgan OMR.
The K&K brand is catching on in South Africa and for a good reason - they're awesome!
I'm a fan and as the folks at Shoreline like to say: "I recommend it without reservation".....
Put the Pure Mini in my Martin D-18 and it sounds great. A great reproduction of the natural tone of the guitar. I wanted minimal impact to the guitar and the install left no signs of surgery. No frills, no chills. Whether running naked with an old Fender amp or dressed up with a red-eye pre-amp and a Polytone Jazz amp it holds up strong both finger-picking and strumming.
This was a Shoreline reccomendation, and they hit the bullseye!
i play some good vintage guitars and always wanted a worry free pickup but never could make myself drill any hole in anything i have. Several friends recommended the K&K pure mini .i like always waited until the last minute and called Shoreline to bail me out, and they did . had the pickup installed in a road weary 68 gibson heritage , it sounds great, no batteries,no worries of string hitting sound post, very minor hole drilled for installation. the pickup did not change the sound when played acoustic. i think this is a great pickup with easy installation and great sound.
My first experience with K&K goes back to the early days when K&K used larger transducers than the mini. I had the system installed in my Martin HD-28. I chose K&K because I hate cutting holes in my guitars, I prefer having no batteries inside my guitar, and I like the purity of the sound I am able to get with the K&K system. Years back, I purchased two Larrivee guitars, a really fine parlor guitar and an incredible L-05 from John Larrivee, who at the time was managing the Vancouver factory. I installed the K&K pure mini in both of these and with the addition of the K&K external preamp (I've also used the Baggs Para DI) I am able to fine tune the sound for what I want in a live setting. I just got a Larrivee OM-40 Custom (with the "moonwood" Italian Red Spruce top). Another K&K installed in this incredibly bright, ringing guitar captures the clarity of this outstanding instrument. By the way, there aren't very many of these custom models, so, if you want one, you need to move quickly. I bought mine from another dealer before I discovered that Shoreline had one. If you are reading this review, look for the Larrivee OM-40A on this site. If you are at all in the market for a fine OM size guitar with outstanding sound at a great price point, grab that OM-40A.
Installation of the K&K is easy. The included jig makes things essentially fool proof. Follow the directions,watch some videos, pay attention. Easy, quick, correct installation is yours. The end pin on my Larrivee's was already sized for the attached plug so no wood work was required. If you have to drill the end pin hole in your guitar larger, read the directions, follow the suggestions, and even with that, the installation is easy.
As to the sound, I really like it. The K&K captures the clarity and balance of my OM and since no batteries are required, it's a simple plug and play. Volume is sufficient without a preamp but if you really want things to sing, add the preamp.
Keep 'em ringing and singing.
No need to hack your guitar up or change batteries. I'm not sure how they make the pickup have so much output without a battery but its phenomenal. Low maintenance and low profile. Read about these anywhere and you'll find out. It took me many years to finally buy one from Shoreline and I couldnt be happier. Put one in my D-18 Golden Era and it sings. Buy it. Now.
It's probably been 10 years or more since I discovered and started installing K&K pick-ups in all of our guitars. Fast forward to today -- I've probably installed the K&K in over 15 guitars, Taylors, Ryans, Goodall's, and Avalon's, whatever the brand, they've always sounded great. I was leading worship at our church, and I just wasn't happy with the tone I was getting from the various pick-ups I had tried. I can't remember how I heard about them, but once I tried them that's all I've used and recommended to fellow players.
In my opinion, you get a clean, accurate reproduction of your acoustic guitar tone without breaking the bank. I do suggest using a high quality pre-amp like the K&K XLR, Radial Deluxe or the Fire-Eye. I run the K&K's through all of these with fantastic results.
I install them myself and find it to be a rather straight forward procedure and I'd recommend doing the permanent install for the best performance. Having said that, if you don't feel comfortable drilling holes in your guitar or working with super glue inside the sound-box, have a professional do the installation and enjoy the tone!
BTW -- buy your K&K PU's here at Shoreline for the best price and excellent customer service.
The K&K Pure Mini is an exceptional passive, soundboard transducer pick-up for acoustic, flat top, steel string guitars. Of all the pickups I've tried, the K&K has the most "true acoustic" tone profile. I'd say this is the pickup to consider first for all acoustic/electric conversions. It would be close to the top for all recommendations where one would have a quiet stage environment (it can feedback on a loud stage). The K&K performs best with a good preamp.
* Exceptionally true "acoustic" reproduction of tone.
* Has surprisingly high output for a passive pickup.
* Has a very low profile and usually requires minimal EQ (though it can be bass heavy, and a preamp definitely helps with tone control).
* Professional installation is highly recommended (not really a con...more an observation).
* Can feedback on a loud stage.
I purchased a Taylor 522 all mahogany concert guitar and the K&K pick-up from Shoreline. This combination was an easy install to do for any normal handyman, especially with the Taylor as they are all drilled for a endpin jack whether they come with electronics or not. The sound of the guitar and pick-up is articulate, focused and balanced. You do not get any of the brightness of undersaddle pickups and the volume across the frequency range is consistent and clear. I play predominantly fingerstyle guitar, but get into soft ballads as well as some pretty rocking blues and use many different tunings in my sets. The response with a low Wahine tuning is just as satisfying and balanced as the sound when capoed at the 7th fret, I find little to complain about. The best compliment I can give the pick-up is that it makes my guitar sound exactly like my guitar played unplugged only louder. There is no coloration that I can discern which is exactly what I was looking for. I play through an AER Compact 60 which also does not color the sound at all. If I want to add any effects I use pedals for that so that I have complete control over the end result. The final plus is that I never have to worry about the battery dying in the middle of a performance. Just buy one, you will love it!
It is a passive pickup that produces very hot signal. The installation was very easy. The jig came with the pickup was very helpful in helping me locate the right spot to attach the transducers.
The pickup does sound good and very true. My guitar sounds a little bit muddy with the low A note on E string or the open A string, when it is unplug.
After plugging in with the K&K pickup, I could hear the same muddy sound through the amp. So, this pickup can reproduce your guitar sound very true through amplification. If your guitar sounds fantastic, then after amplification through this pickup, it will sound fantastic. If your guitar sounds so so, this pickup will only make it louder and make it sounds better.
The installation is minimal and produces great sound. Tone is clear whether strumming loudly or fingerpicking. Any percussive colorings you add via slapping the guitar on the body are registered equally. The K&K pure mini is a fantastic passive pickup
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