What's a Pickup? Home › Forums › Instruments › Guitar Gear & Accessories › What's a Pickup? Tagged: acoustic, amp, pickup 2 replies, 2 voices Last updated by Craig 2 years, 4 months ago Author Posts January 2, 2017 at 1:57 am #73850 CraigParticipant @zargor Recently I overheard a couple of guys talking about a pickup in relation to an acoustic guitar. From what I could understand, it seemed to be an accessory that could be fitted onto the acoustic to somehow project sound. The way they were talking about it, it seemed to be an alternative to having an acoustic with an outlet to plug into an amp. Is this right or am I missing something? If you did have a pickup and it did do the above, why would you then need an acoustic which could be plugged into an amp? Many thanks Craig January 2, 2017 at 4:29 am #73889 KostaParticipant @Kosta Hi Craig, There are pick-ups that you can add to your guitar if it has no build-in outlet. For example: https://www.thomann.de/intl/dean_markley_pro_mag_sc1.htm Some work only when using steel strings. Others can also be used with nylon strings e.g.: https://www.thomann.de/intl/schaller_oyster_723.htm Is this what you were looking for? January 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm #74220 CraigParticipant @zargor Thanks Kosta That helps a lot in explaining what a pickup is. Not really looking for one at the moment – just interested in what one was. Cheers Author Posts You must be logged in to reply to this topic.