I use a L. R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI-Preamp and a L R. Baggs Element with my Ko'olau CS Tenor. Very interested in their new Venue with all the features of the Para Acoustic Preamp-DI and a built-in chromatic tuner and boost switch.
A few manufactures have pickups installed on their productions models. Most custom builder's have a preference for the system to use on their ukulele but can install whatever system you would like.
The preamp & pickup system on my Ko'olau is passive, I use a L. R. Baggs Para Acoustic Preamp.
I'm currently using a Fishman Loudbox amplifier series of amplifiers for live performance and actually practicing. One should actually always practice with the performance setup. Something I don't do enough. These are great amp - so much so after buying a few my self at retail our family store, Funky Frets are a Fishman dealer.
The Para Acoustic DI is a main part of my live setup.
Anyone of the Loudbox series of amplifiers are amazing and the SA220 Solo Performance System is great. My late great ukulele friend and performer Gordon Velesco used one when he didn't need his bigger Bose system.
Active requires Phantom Power or a battery supply.
Passive does not require a power supply.
If you are running a passive pickup in you acoustic instrument, be it guitar or ukulele you will need to run a Direct Box (DI).
340-D Fordham Road
Wilmington, MA 01887
978-988-9199 | fax 978-988-0770
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Fishman Transducers, Inc. brand.
from the Fishman Transducers, Inc. web site
Fishman is dedicated to helping acoustic musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug in.
Our ongoing commitment and wide range of innovative products has helped our company grow to become the industry standard for acoustic amplification. From the largest arena to your own living room, wherever you hear an acoustic instrument, you can bet you’ll hear a Fishman. Fishman users are passionate about their brand of choice, for one simple reason: we put the needs of the acoustic musician first. With exciting new products in development and the ongoing growth of Aura Acoustic Imaging technology, Fishman continues to lead the way in acoustic amplification.
483 N. Frontage Rd.
Nipomo, California 93444
Phone (805) 929-3545
Fax (805) 929-2043
from the L. R. Baggs web site
We started this in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, California, with a hope and a dream, and no business sense whatsoever. The first L.R. Baggs product was our LB6 Series Pickup. We would like to thank Leo Kottke for his early support. Stores would call us and say, “Leo Kottke said he was using your pickup.” We could literally track his touring route as the stores would order in his wake. Early endorsers were Steven Sheehan of the Judds, James Taylor and Kathy Mattea. These endorsers gave us the encouragement and support that sustained us when we had more enthusiasm than business sense. They spread the word and gradually our business grew.
BBE Sound, Inc.
2548 E Fender Ave. Ste. I
Fullerton, California 92831
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the BBE Sound brand.
from the BBE Sound web site
BBE Sound is a premier audio technology company dedicated to improving the quality of amplified sound for all people, from everyday consumers to music and sound professionals. BBE High Definition Sound technologies are found throughout the audio entertainment production spectrum; from the stage and studio, where world-renowned musicians insist upon using BBE professional audio processors, to consumer electronics manufacturers who implement BBE High Definition Sound technologies into their products so that they provide a more satisfying audio experience to their customers.
62 Edgeware Road
South Australia 5154
Phone: (08) 8339 3865
Fax: (08) 8370 8780
from the Tech 21 web site
Tech 21 was formed by a guitarist possessing the unusual combination of a trained ear and electronics expertise. In 1989, B. Andrew Barta incorporated Tech 21 and made his unique invention commercially available to players and studios around the world. His highly-acclaimed SansAmpTM pioneered Tube Amplifier Emulation in professional applications for recording direct and performing live, and created an entirely new category of signal processing. While there have since been many entries into this niche, SansAmp continues to maintain its reputation as the industry standard.
Roland Corporation U.S.
5100 S. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040-2938 P.O. Box 910921
Los Angeles, CA 90091-0921
Phone: (323) 890-3700
Fax: (323) 890-3701
from the Roland web site
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, and audio processing devices. With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.
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