Pick up installation on a Martin ukulele
This Martin ukulele is getting a Fishman pickup installed, check out the procedure!
Fishman pickups are one of our favorites- they are easy to install, sound great, the procedure only alters the instrument in minimal ways, and after it's installed, you can barely tell that it's even there. It does not change the original sound of the instrument The Fishman Matrix is an active pickup, which is what gives it that hot, rich tone, and requires a 9V battery. The battery gets attached to the neck block inside the instrument, and is nicely hidden from view.
The pickup strip goes right under the saddle, and it's where it actually picks up the vibrations of the strings and sends an electronic signal to the amp. A hole in the end block is reamed out to fit the jack. This step is the biggest alteration of the guitar required to host this pickup but as you can see, not very significant.
The volume and tone controls are attached inside the sound hole, but away from view as well. It's a nifty solution- the player can easily find them and adjust them with their finger without even looking, but it's hard to tell that the instrument even has a pickup! Battery gets put into place, and if you keep your guitar unplugged in between playing, it can last you for a year and a half, depending on how much you play, so there's no need for constant battery replacements. We keep these pickups in stock, so come get yours anytime!