Here’s a list of quality acoustic guitar pickups manufacturers. Acoustic guitar pickups are very tricky since it is very difficult to faithfully reproduce the delicate sound of an acoustic guitar with a pickup. This has led the market to a variety of products created by unique technologies from a number of acoustic guitar pickup companies.
B-Band is known for their electret film pickups that are placed under the guitar’s bridge/saddle on the inside of the guitar. This pickup connects to an output jack coming out of the acoustic guitar’s strap peg on the side of the lower bout. This pickup technology is known for being crisp and accurate at picking up the wide range of frequencies produced by an acoustic guitar.
Dean Markley makes ProMag and Transducer pickups for acoustic guitar. The ProMag is a magnetic pickup that fits into the soundhole of an acoustic guitar, and is offered in several models. The Artist Transducer pickups attach inside the guitar, are powered by a 9 volt batter and feed an output jack that allows you to connect a 1/4″ guitar cable to an acoustic amp or DI box for going direct to the mixing console.
Dimarzio makes a number of magnetic and transducer pickups for acoustic guitar to compliment their electric pickups. Their acoustic guitar pickup models include The Angel, The Angel Active, The Angel System, The Angel PZ, Acoustic Model, Elemental and Super Natural Plus.
Fishman is a household name when it comes to acoustic guitar pickups, and are one of the leading innovators in acoustic pickup technology. They not only make incredibly realistic acoustic guitar pickups, but also pickups for resonator, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, cuatro, bouzouki, cello, harp, violin and more. They offer pickups that fit under the saddle, transducer pickups for attaching to the bottom of the soundboard, magnetic soundhole pickups, onboard preamps and more.
K&K Sound offers a unique product called the Definity System, which uses their popular pickup technology to help electrify nearly any acoustic instrument (banjo, guitar, archtops and more). Their Pure Mini, Pure Classic and FanTasTick pickups are widely used in some of the world’s best acoustic guitars…both new and vintage.
L.R. Baggs is another very popular acoustic guitar pickup company whose pickups can be found in acoustic guitars sold in nearly every shop in the world. Their Lyric, Anthem and M80 pickups are some of their more popular pickups, along with the iBeam, which is a bridgeplate pickup system that sounds like a microphone is being used.
Pickup the World makes incredibly accurate transducer pickups for acoustic guitar. Their SSP System brings all of their pickup technology into a complete electrification system for acoustic guitar. It features a stereo preamp with 3 separate pickup configurations.