Woody arrived today! (sounds like he is gonna' stay)
This gizmo actually deserves 6 stars.. I mounted it on my one and only acoustic guitar..a low end Chinese Yamaha that I rescued from the Sun's rays a few years back at an outdoor flea market. I am an old keyboardist who pined for a "folky" for several decades., but could never justify the cost, so the 35 bucks that I paid was a sweet deal. Having that guitar close at hand for the last few years next to my easy chair, I have became a fair guitarist, especially after developing a style based on open D tuning. I never intended to play gigs with it, but did putter around recording on the D.A.W.. The results were encouraging, however, using a vocal mic AND a live guitar mic. proved cumbersome for home recording. I decided to take a chance on a modern sound-hole pickup to eliminate the SM57 on the guitar. I became curious about the SA-Woody after reading reviews on the Sweetwater website. I honestly didn't expect any great result from a pickup costing fifty bucks. Now, to cut to the chase, I ordered one a few days ago , received it today, plugged it into my little Marshal, and was truly amazed! All the positive things the other reviewers said about the Woody proved to be true. Minimum feedback, low noise, wonderful warm tone, quality construction..all true. I was concerned about the problem one reviewer had with the cord interfering with the high E string, but I seems fine on my guitar. The only reason that I did not award the Woody with five stars is because it was not all that easy to install (at least on my guitar) The reason being that my cheapy Yamaha has a small sound hole. I am a fairly competent woodworker and I still required an hour of sawing, filing and sanding until the little bugger would fit into the hole of the guitar. Take note that this should not be a problem for anyone playing an upscale professional guitar with a sound hole with a diameter of 3.8 inches or greater. In my case, the pickup, that normally should be easy to pop in and out, is now a permanent part of my guitar, and with that fourteen foot cord attached, it looks more like band equipment then a pretty little part of living room decor. ..but still .... it's totally worth it! As usual, ordering from Sweetwater was easy, the sales folks are always great, and the candy was delicious!!