‘74 G-37 want to add pickup

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I have a crack in the bridge plate which needs repair. I also want to modify my old Guild acoustic to play through an amp for performances. Any advice on:
Which types (bridge, sound hole, etc.)
Risks associated with the modification
Price range for repair and adding the pickup.

thanks in advance for the feedback
 

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A lot of love here for K&K Pure mini pickups. I replaced the DTAR in my '11 F-30RCE with one. And I had one in my ex-D64, too...

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Have you had a pickup installed before or are you starting from scratch in terms of knowledge about this? Do you have a price range? We can throw out some recommendations, sure, but experiences and opinions are going to be widely varied (and not necessarily confined to just Guild)
 

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The bridge plate, inside the guitar between the X-braces, is mostly to keep the ball ends of the strings from tearing up the much softer spruce of the soundboard. I'm not sure if a crack is seriously detrimental to it's function. How is it going to be repaired??
 

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Replacing a bridge plate is a fairly expensive procedure isn’t it? For what it’s worth I always had less than stellar experience with the piezo loaded electric/acoustics. Seem to favor the soundhole pickups, and I recall my briefly owned Guild DC5E had a nice pickup provided you adjusted the mic and under saddle pickup to your liking.
 

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For the best acoustic sound you want nothing between the saddle and the bridge. So it's best to avoid under-saddle pickups, unless you don't mind the trade-off.

Bridge-plates are difficult to remove (I know one luthier who says it's their least favorite repair job) but it can be done if you want to go that route.

No idea what your luthier might charge, but I'd recommend having your luthier look at it and see what he or she recommends. They may be able to wick Super-Glue into the crack and thereby avoid any need to replace the bridge-plate.
 

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The question is if the OP really means to replace the "bridge plate" inside the guitar or if he talks simply about the bridge itself. Would not be the first time somebody wasn't clear.
Ralg
 

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I would get a passive pickup, plus a nice external pre-amp, that sits on the floor/stage like a guitar pedal. Not a fan of active pickups with batteries and volume/tone controls all in/on the guitar. The external preamps are better, and you only need one to share among many guitars.

as for the passive pickup any one of many sound hole pickups (that's what I see out there onstage most these days, they seem to be most user friendly at high volume), or the K+K as others have posted...or even both, (blended together, or not).
 

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I'm a fan of the LR Baggs Anthem SL system which in an active pickup combining an undersaddle and internal mic, allowing you to adjust the "blend" between the undersaddle and mic. I have this system installed in a variety of acoustic guitars and it works really well for me.

That said, what works best for you will depend on a lot of other factors like what kind of PA or amp you'll playing through, whether you're playing solo or in mix with a band, what other equipment you use in performance, and of course your budget. This is very much an individual preference kind of thing.
 

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I think pickup choices are highly dependent upon playing style .
For example, a strummy songwriter might want a K&K , whilst a dearmond magnetic pickup would be the choice of a fingerstyle blues player.
There’s many between that
 
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