Shoreline music is the absolute BEST!! John personally took care of my order of a hard-to-find S-2 Sunrise pickup. I installed it on my Takamine F005 TBS and run it through the Redeye pre I also bought from Shoreline & let me tell you----I NOW HAVE THE BEST SLIDE/ACOUSTIC TONE I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE!!!! OMG thank you John Fowler and staff at SHORELINE MUSIC Co! You guys are AWESOME!!
I have tried about every acoustic pickup in search of one that responds with no surprises. This just works. No feedback issues, no B jumping out of the mix, no distortion when I attack the notes. Is it the most acoustic sounding, no but a very nice pleasing sound that works on every stage. Pricey, but worth the $ to know no matter the room, sound man or PA I know my guitar will respond in a consistent manner
Glad I finally pulled the trigger on this Sunrise. Still experimenting on which guitar/preamp/effecrs it works best with, but concur with most of the adulation. It has its own charm, for sure. Old school? Maybe.... Outdated...? I don't think so. May well get another. Thanks for your consideration!
I play solo fingerstyle easy listening arrangements of popular songs. I use a blue chip thumb pick and acrylic nails and have a light touch. I play weekly in the dining area of a prime rib restaurant/bar with sound reaching throughout. I obtain excellent, and I mean excellent, amplified sound using a 2007-8 Martin 000-18 Std. Series, Martin MSP 7100 strings, the passive Martin Thinline pickup that came with the guitar, and either of the following sound chains: 1. Mogami Platinum cable directly to an AER acoustacube III on the piezo setting (with colour and mild midrange attenuation) into TRS mogami gold cables into QSC K-10s; or 2. Mogami Platinum cable into a Baggs PADI (Substantial midrange attenuation) into a mogami gold 1/4 inch cable into a Fender Acoustasonic Ultralight into a mogami Gold TRS into a QSC K-10.
AS TO TO THE SUNRISE PICKUP, I ran it directly into the AER Acoustacube III using a Mogami Platinum cable and worked with it for about 20 minutes. IT IS THE BEST OF THE SOUNDHOLE PICKUPS I HAVE TRIED, but to my ear and for the style of music I play, too much of the acousticness is lost, especially on the B string, as compared to what I normally use. The tube preamp was too expensive for me to purchase, so I didn't try that.
Best magnetic pickup hands down.