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    I've been planning on putting a M1A in my weissenborn. I have two concerns, one is that the strings will be quite high above the pickup. Much higher than a normal guitar just due to the necessarily high action of the slide guitar. Is this going to affect the sound negatively, or is that extra 1/4 inch not enough to make a difference? Also, I'm I going to lose the complexity of sound that a hollowneck gives by going with a magnetic pickup. Should I be looking at the Anthem instead if I'm primarily looking to preserve the unique hollowneck sound as accurately as possible?

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    Hi Bfraser,

    Great questions. The action is of some concern in that there may be a diminished string sensitivity relative to body response. While that tends to support a more natural sound, it can lose a little presence in a mix if you're playing in an group. Also, as you suspect, the magnetic pickup doesn't convey the same woodiness in its signal. There's a smoother characteristic to magnetic pickup signals as opposed to piezo.

    The Anthem is a good thing to investigate. I am not aware of anybody installing one on a weissenborn instrument yet but, provided installation conditions are good, I imagine it would produce an excellent sound. There are certain factors that must considered, though, related to the setup of the instrument.

    If you're able, please call me at 805-929-3545, ext. 111, to discuss those factors in detail.