Electronic Pickups


Pickups and pickup systems can be as complex and individualized as the instrument itself. And, the ukulele, versus a larger, heavier instrument such as a guitar, puts even greater demands on the pickup.


We have sought out and selected pickups that have the following characteristics, in priority order:


* accurately represent the acoustics of the instrument

* simple and trouble-free

* minimal added weight


And, while we have our personal favorites, pickup selection is as personal as the selection of the wood. If you have any questions, please contact us.




Our preferred pickup is the K&K Twin Spot ($150). It does a great job of accurately representing the acoustics of the instrument. In addition, it is lightweight with no on-board electronics to worry about.


We also offer the L.R. Baggs Hawaii Five.O ($250). This is an active pickup, using a small "coin" battery to power it. The transducer is an under-saddle piezo-electric, and the pickup comes with a volume control wheel which mounts just inside the soundwell. Because it has a battery, it is slightly heavier than the MiSi pickup.


If you're not sure if you want a pickup or not, we recommend not getting one as it can always be added later.