There are numerous pickup designs and install methods. As a result, pickup output and tonal qualities, especially when using ToneWoodAmp, may vary from instrument to instrument.
Generally, we have had a very good experience with most under-saddle piezo pickups, Taylor Expression System II*, K&K Pure Mini*, and with most humbucking magnetic pickups like the Dimarzio Black Angel.
If the guitar is equipped with a hybrid microphone/piezo pickup system like the K&K Trinity Pro or LR Baggs Anthem, the user should blend most of the signal from the microphone out and use predominately the piezo's signal to avoid feedback.
Any microphone-only or a very "microphonic" pickup, like the LR Baggs Lyric, won't work well with the ToneWoodAmp, as it will cause immediate and uncontrollable feedback.
We've had great luck with and highly recommend the following pickups for use with ToneWoodAmp:
K&K Pure Mini
Dimarzio Black Angel
*High gain pickups, like the aforementioned K&K Pure MINI and Expression 2 can be very sensitive to hi-gain effects such as the AutoWah and Overdrive. To ensure the best results, we recommend you first read about Using High Gain effects with Sensitive Pickups. It may be imperative for you to change and overwrite the default Volume and Gain setting for these effects from the Effect Memory.
The following videos will guide you through the proper steps to dial in TWA to work best with your pickup system:
- Adjusting the Master Gain
- Adjusting the Notch Filters
- Related video: Saving guitar settings "Guitar" mode
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