Sunrise S-1 LW/J

Sunrise Pickups are handbuilt by Jim Kaufman in limited numbers, but this allows the finest attention to detail and craftsmanship. Each pickup has individually adjustable pole pieces to give you maximum control over string balance and tone. They also come with a transferable lifetime guarantee—no doubt because of their remarkably sturdy construction and high-quality internal components. Jim also builds preamp/buffer boxes to accompany the pickups. We strongly recommend using these even if you already have some sort of outboard preamp you're using.

All Sunrise pickup models start with the exact same award-winning pickup; the only difference between the different versions is the length and design of the connections. The Longwire/Jack version of the regular Sunrise S-1 includes a 24" connecting wire attached to the pickup, and this lead terminates in a 1/4" female jack for plugging in a regular guitar cord. This allows you to install the pickup without having to wire it to an internal jack. This is perfect if you're looking for a way to switch the pickup between guitars, or if you just don't want to drill a hole in your tailblock for a regular jack. To be honest, I normally recommend going with an internal installation of this pickup, ideally the S2. I've played many hours onstage with the lead for a soundhole pickup dangling out the front of my guitar, and found it a bit awkward (my strumming hand kept hitting it). But, if you really, really don't want to drill a hole in your tailblock, then this model is probably the way to go.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Sunrise is the best-hands down!

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!

Jim Kaufman has it right !

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.

Prefer the Sunrise tone - Shoreline is great, as always!

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!

Sunrise S2 prewire

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!!

Sunrise has no surprise

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

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