FANSTASTIC pickup with true acoustic tone and incredible feedback resistance
Recently, I was trying to find good pickup for my 2012 Baritone 8-string LTD. The ES1 wasn't a good fit and my favorite Baggs Anthem SL wasn't either as it had too much pressure from the low B on the transducer. I even considered sending the thing back to Taylor for the ES2 upgrade which would've cost me $300 plus shipping both ways--yikes!
And then this happened. I randomly remembered the Seymour Duncan Mag Mic sound hole pickup a few weeks ago. It had never been an option because I typically HATE sound hole pickups, but the youtube videos sounded great so I figured I would try it. The Mag Mic is a hybrid between a very nice humbucker pickup (twice the posts for a rich tone even without mic) and a condenser microphone. There's a volume knob and a blend knob that fades the mic in and out. The mic on 100% is still a blend with the pickup. It is thin and low key for being a sound hole pickup. The black was a very good choice as it looks very streamlined.
This is a game-changer! It sounds incredible and will be permanently installed in my guitar for sure. I just plugged it into my little Mackie 150W speaker and CRANKED the volume enough to hurt my ears and sat 3 feet from it with it pointed to the sound hole. ZERO feedback even with the mic all the way up. The sweet spot seems to be around 50-65% mic.
Lastly (yes, the end is near), the pickup comes with the option for an external (non permanent) installation with a cable that drapes gently outside the sound hole rather than having to drill an input jack. It can easily switch from guitar to guitar (although not in a live environment). This is an easy self install with a lot of options for how permanent it is. Keep in mind that after the install you will have to adjust the posts to get a good balanced sound from each string. However, this is a set and forget.
Overall, this gets 6 stars and I highly recommend and will use again.