I've owned a Sunrise pickup before, so I knew what to expect. I was not disappointed. The S-2 in my Gibson Hummingbird, combined with the SB-1 Buffer Box, into a Bose L1...beautiful, crystal clear highs, pleasing mids, wonderful clarity in the bass, with power and authority. No feedback issues, no batteries on-board. I highly recommend tweaking the individual pole pieces while running through YOUR signal chain to get the maximum eq benefit. I've been a Shoreline customer for many years, and John is the best. The service simply could not be any better.
For me this is absolutely the BEST magnetic pickup in the world. I've tried many pickup systems, but Sunrise is the only one making me stop looking for new things. It's a made by a one man shop, so sometimes hard to buy. I'd recommend using Sunrise along with a second pickup, for example K&K pure mini, that would be fabulous!
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.