Sunrise not only is the best pickup I have tried, it also has the best name. I've played guitar semi-professionally for over 25 years. In that time I have tried numerous pickups including: Fishman, Seymour Duncan, LR Baggs, Dean Markley, Graph Tech, Taylor Expression System and several others. None of these are as clean, clear, reliable or durable as the Sunrise. I love the lush and warm sound I get with the Sunrise. The sound men also love it because of how simple it is. No feedback and no pre-amp necessary depending on the venue. Jim Kaufman's design and personal customer service is impeccable. Thanks Sunrise!
I have bought 2 Sunrise S-2 packages (from Shoreline Music) and I am saving my cash for a 3rd. For a little over $300.00 you can have a HANDBUILT pick up, wiring kit and jack that will give any guitar sound studio production quality sound live. My guitars sound amazing live (an old Alvarez and an old Takamine.) If you don't believe me check out the Rolling Stones this year when they are on tour. They can afford anything and they use Sunrise.
Sunrise #2 - the long wire will afford some experimentation among different guitars before internal mounting is determined. Appreciate the Sunrise system (pickup/preamp) more and more over time. Prefer the tone now over others. YMMV, but I believe this suits my needs best. Thanks!
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