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I've just fitted one of these MM pickups (the slim single coil version) to my square neck tricone so that I can run both my resos through an acoustic amp for gigs where a mic isn't practical.
Really pleased with the result - sounds fantastic. I've had a sixtus on my single cone for a while now and love it, so I was keen to see how it would work on a tricone. In both cases it's a very close second to using a mic. It's early days (a quick set-up and one gig so far) so I'm still experimenting with placement and eq settings but so far although I'd imagine no pickup could fully bring out all the subtle complexities of the tricone sound, this really does get very close. The whole range of tones from different picking positions seem to come through really nicely.
If anyone's looking to fit a pickup to a tricone I'd highly recommend these.
Hi, I’ve just received my Sixtus humbucker, it’s for a Goldtone squareneck, thanks Michael for very speedy dispatch. Can anyone comment / recommend on which Endpin jack socket to use?, there are many on the internet priced from £1 to £20, which is best to go for?, or doesn’t it matter? Many thanks for any suggestions you may have.
When I purchased a Sixtus pickup it came fitted with a REAN full metal 1/4 jack. They have a website.I attached it to my Tricone with some strong tie wraps which meant no drilling or poking sockets through the holes on the guitar. And easy to remove as no soldering required. It's safe enough if the guitar lead is coiled once around the strap. Having a jack fitted was an option then.
Rean is to Neutrik as Aiwa is to Sony as Epiphone is to Gibson etc. Neutrik really does take some beating for quality and their "Silent" plugs are without equal in my opinion, but as said pretty much anything should do really.
I think I used WD Music for my end pin 1/4" jack socket on my MMB, but the make escapes me. Ten years on and she still hasn't folded up due to removal of the tailpiece block as predicted by some folks at the time.
Hi, great to see that you are stocking the sixtus. I'm chatting with Steve Evans about my Southerner that will arrive soon. He likes the Sixtus so clearly it has the endorsement from those who know.
Please can you tell me what the main differences are between SC and HB _ I'm guessing I will want an HB but thought I'd ask ? thanks Bruce
This thread started out as being called "MM Sixtus pickups in stock", but soon after that I started getting them branded as MM pickups. I did this because I mostly fit them on to MM Guitars, which I do as a service for my customers and a way of supporting a small business with such an excellent product. I do not sell MM Pickups with profit in mind, I do it as a service for my customers and to support the manufacturer.
MM Pickups are not something that I ever carry a large stock of. They are handbuilt in small numbers in Austria by Elmar Zeilhofer, so when a shipment arrives it is no more than six, maybe eight pickups which are usually preordered or spoken for to go on MM guitars.
The "Classic" is a powerful humbucker pickup that turns a resonator guitar into an electric guitar. It retains some of its "cone tone", and it sounds superb because it has been designed specifically for this purpose. The "Slim" is a single coil pickup which is less powerful, but has an amazingly natural resophonic "cone tone" sound. It is really unique for a magnetic pickup to give this sound and because it is a magnetic pickup, it is easy to get a sound through a guitar amplifier or a PA system. So if you want a natural resophonic tone, get the single coil, but if you want a powerful electric guitar sound, get the humbucker.
I find it interesting that Steve Evans is recommending a product, but you are asking me about which model to get.
My website has a page with some information about MM pickups.
Hi MM Steve is a wise man and has asked me all about what I will use it for etc as part of giving his valued advice. But there is little about these p/ups on youtube etc. When I searched for the manufacturer's web site they are out of stock but the inter web led me to you as a "stockist" so I'm sat here thinking you both (you and Steve) have a great deal of experience and I best ask you both your opinions.
Always happy to be advised by those who know more than me !! it can save buying twice !!
I asked Steve to fit me a jack socket so I can choose a pickup later - but to be honest I like what you are saying about the single coil. I'll check out your web page on the pickups. Could it be sent straight to Steve for him to fit?
I don't have a MM slim pickup yet but I do have a Sixtus sound hole pickup for my parlors.
I admit to trying it on my old Triolian (taped on) and got a superb acoustic sounding result on that.
I guess my sound hole pick up is very similar to an MM slim - am I right?
If so, I won't hesitate to recommend one for your use.
Stay safe, PD
PD, the resonator pickups have different amounts of windings to the other pickups. So I think it would sound better with a Slim or Classic. Elmar is very good at doing this, there is no doubt about it.
OK many thanks when they are in I will order one. I get my new guitar end of next week or early the following one so it may be that I'll have it by the time the next lot come in. If thats the case I can add it to a jack that will already be on the guitar. All advice gratefully received and many thanks to all - I hope you are all safe and well