K&K Pure-Mini Acoustic Guitar Pickup
The K&K Pure -Mini Pickup
The Pure Pickup is K&K’s award-winning, signature pickup for acoustic guitars. Installed on the guitar’s bridge plate, the Pure Pickup is the the best choice for achieving a rich, natural guitar sound.
Our customers tell us that it’s the best passive pickup on the market. Which means it’s the perfect plug-and-play solution for the musician who wants a warm, full-range signal.
The pickup is available in three formats designed for 6 string, 12 string, and nylon classical guitars. All of the base models are passive, which means no batteries to change!
If you are looking to expand your system, the modular nature of the design permits K&K to have multiple options available.
A passive volume control add on is available. As is the “pre-phase”, which is a basic pre amp offering a sound hole mounted active volume control and phase switch. For the most serious tone tweaker, the “ultra pure” model adds a three band EQ for tonal sculpting as well as a “low battery” indicator light.
About K&K Pickups
K&K Sound Systems makes high quality acoustic amplification products. Founded in Germany in 1984, K&K relocated their headquarters and manufacturing plant to Coos Bay, Oregon in 1995. Within a couple of years, K&K’s product line shifted from drum triggers and mics towards acoustic guitar, upright bass, and other acoustic string instrument’s pickups. This is the product line K&K is best known for today.
K&K built its reputation on its authentic, high-quality products and personal caring customer service. Guitar Repair Long Island is proud to be an authorized dealer for K&K as well as many other popular pickup brands.
K&K Pure-Mini Installation
K&K provides detailed instructions and an installation jig with the pickup. However, it does require some specialized tools to properly fit the jack and incorrect installation could can cause permanent damage to the pickup and/or the instrument. We recommend professional installation. This and many other commonly requested prices are available on our Repair Menu.
FittingThe Endpin Jack
When installing any type of electronics on an instrument for the first time, the first step is to remove the stock endpin and prepare the hole to accept a combination endpin jack.
Endpin jacks require a significantly larger hole than the original. In shop, we prefer a specialized reamer chucked into a variable speed drill to prevent chipping the surrounding finish.
After drilling, we vacuum inside the guitar to remove the debris created by reaming.
Mounting The Transducers
Using the pickup mounting jig, we begin positioning the first of the three transducers for installation. The first pickup will be located underneath the saddle and in line with the first string. The second and third pickups will be set between the third and fourth, and fifth and sixth strings respectively.
Since we are working blind during installation, we position the jig on top of the bridge, outside of the guitar, to find the proper location on the bridge plate ahead of time.
Proper positioning and contact with the bridge plate is essential, so we will often take a dry run to be certain that everything is in order before we glue the transducer in position. Alternatively, the pickups can be installed with double sided tape, to allow for easy removal and reinstallation. However, for the best sound transmission, K&K recommends installation with gel superglue.
Installing The Endpin Jack
To install the jack, we use a special tool, to feed the it through from inside the body. Once we have adjusted the internal nut to the correct position, we are ready to install the outside nut and washer that will firmly fix the jack in place.
An additional specially designed strap button nut then screws on top of these to allow the jack to serve double duty as a strap holder. The jack is the only externally visible sign of installation.
With the pickup installation done, it is a perfect time to perform a setup on the guitar to make sure that she plays as good as this pickup sounds!
About Guitar Repair Long Island
Guitar Repair Long Island is the area’s premier destination for fretted musical instrument care and maintenance. Led by owner/head technician Erik Salomon, the shop is dedicated to providing quick, honest, and reliable service. Our vast experience in all aspects of instrument repair ensures that we can help with whatever your needs are. Contact us with any questions or book your appointment today.