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I'm a great fan of K&K acoustic instrument pickups and preamps. Since 1984, K&K Sound has manufactured top-quality pickups, microphones, and preamps for a wide range of instruments, including acoustic guitar, archtop/jazz guitar, resonator guitar, upright/double bass, banjo, mandolin, saxophone, flute, piano, harp, violin, cello, accordion, harmonica, and more. K&K has won many awards for its products, and regularly receives favourable comments in the guitar forums and other media.

With the growing popularity of ukes I'm fitting or supplying lots of K&Ks. Ukes are braced in a number of different ways - ladder, modified X, fan, or sometimes not at all. So it's a good idea to check yours out before ordering. A bit of experimentation can be necessary to find the best location for transducers, but the K&Ks are pretty tolerant and always seem to deliver an accurate sound. The most popular models are listed below, together with some other options.

K&K's high-gain transducers mean that pre-amps are not essential, though can be a good idea on a larger stage or to ensure the best matching with your amp or mixer.

I am also happy to fit your pickups if you prefer to acquire them directly.

Please feel free to contact me if you're looking for something special!

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  Aloha Twin

Big Island Spot

Twin Spot Internal

Big Shot Internal

Other Options



Kala acacia concert and soprano ukes fitted with K&K Twin Spots

Kala acacia concert and soprano ukes fitted with K&K Twin Spots

Aloha Twin

The K&K Aloha Twin is an internal double-sensor pickup specially designed for the ukulele. It is based on the same technology as K&K's award-winning Pure Mini and Pure Classic acoustic guitar pickups.

The twin-head system has distinctive advantages towards the single-head transducer. The positioning at 2 spots results in a more balanced sound structure. This makes it a good option for ukes because each transducer can be mounted between a pair of strings - ideally under the line of the saddle or slightly forward of it. The frequency range is also broader than a single-transducer system. The small heads with only 1/2" diameters allow an unobtrusive installation. In addition, small areas at the instrument can be reached.

The Aloha Twin comes with an endpin jack for internal mount. No soldering is necessary.

The Aloha Twin can be installed two ways:

* With the supplied double-sided adhesive tape in front of the bridge plate (or bridge, if no bridge plate is present) on the inside sound board.
* With superglue on a flat bridge plate (or directly under the bridge, if no bridge plate is present). Please note that the bridge plate must be completely flat - it will not work if the bridge plate is radiused, which means it is curved up, e.g. Mele Ukuleles.

Either way, this pickup system has a strong output signal and works nicely even without a preamp. Please keep in mind when playing without a preamp, the result depends somewhat on the quality and type of the amplification equipment. For more tone control, the external K&K Pure Preamp (which I also sell) would be a great choice with its clean musical EQ and small size.

Technical Information:
Pickup Head diameter: 1/2"
Pickup Height: 1/32"
Impedance: High ohmic

89.00

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K&K Aloha Twin

Big Island Spot

The Big Island Spot is an internal single-head pickup designed for the ukulele. Installation is quick and easy. The pickup has a strong output signal and works well even without a preamp.

Please keep in mind when playing without a preamp, the result depends somewhat on the quality and type of the amplification equipment. For more tone control, the external K&K Pure Preamp would be a great choice with its clean musical EQ and small size. Be prepared to cut some treble on your amp or preamp with this pickup to achieve the best possible tone.

The Big Island Spot comes with an endpin jack for internal mount. The jack can be mounted from the outside so no soldering is necessary.

Technical Information:
Pickup Head diameter: 3/4"
Pickup Height: 1/32"
Impedance: High ohmic


52.50

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K&K Big Island Spot

Twin Spot Internal

The Twin Spot Internal is a twin-head piezo transducer that is designed for internal mount in acoustic guitars and other acoustic instruments.

It can be better suited to larger ukes than the Aloha Twin, and also has longer cables.

The twin-head system has distinctive advantages towards the single-head transducer. The positioning at 2 spots results in a more balanced sound structure. This makes it a good option for ukes because each transducer can be mounted between a pair of strings - ideally under the line of the saddle or slightly forward of it. The frequency range is also broader than a single-transducer system. The small heads with only 1/2" diameters allow an unobtrusive installation. In addition, small areas at the instrument can be reached.

The Twin Spot Internal comes with an endpin jack for internal mount. The jack can be mounted from the outside so no soldering is necessary.

Technical Information:
Pickup Head diameter: 1/2"
Pickup Height: 1/32"
Impedance: High ohmic
Length of connection cables 1 ft.
Jack: Shielded Endpin Jack (stereo type, connected mono) no soldering necessary

79.00

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Big Shot Internal

The Big Shot Internal is an internal-mount piezo pickup, and can be a good option for larger ukes. It has a longer cable than the Big Island Spot.

The pickup head is attached with a special double-side adhesive film, which is UV resistant to ensure safe adhesion even after years of use. It is ultra-thin and enables the harmonic frequencies to completely pass through to the pickup disk.

The frequency range is nearly linear with a slight peak in the upper midrange. This allows for great upfront sound transmission.

Technical Information
Pickup head diameter: 3/4"
Height: 1/32"
Impedance: High ohmic
Length of connection cable: 1 ft.
Jack: Stereo endpin jack for internal mount

55.00

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Other Options

As noted above, ukes come in a wide variety of sizes and construction methods. I'm happy to discuss specific requirements. Some other options are listed below.

If you want an under-saddle system rather than an internal one, the best option is the LR Baggs Element VTC. This is a flexible transducer ribbon which will suit drop-in or cut-through saddle slots. It also has an unobtrusive volume and tone control which can be edge-mounted just inside the soundhole. It's an active system, with a Class A pre-amp built into the endpin jack assembly.The K&K FanTaStick under-saddle systems aren't so suitable as they have six individual transducers built into the ribbon, and are intended for steel-string or classical guitars.

Another excellent option is the LR Baggs I-Beam Active or I-Beam Passive. This system is internally mounted underneath the line of the bridge saddle. The Active version includes a Class A preamp built into the endpin jack assembly. These tend to work best on the larger models or those with ladder or simple bracing, as you need a space at least 3" wide to fit them.