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  • M1A/K&K Western/Lowden/help!

    Hi, Lowden 012 with K&K Western (not sure if orig type or mini) - lovely guitar BUT loads of feedback,even at what I consider very low vols. Could I usefully retain the K&K & combine with a M1? Im used to "plastic" Martins with onboard Fishmans, Id be happy to sound like that still,in band situations, but want to really get the best out of the Lowden in more "concert" solo gigs especially, albeit possibly using a extra onstage (micstand mounted) condenser mic. I have a loan of a Venue, my old Baggs basic preamp/eq got drowned by a glass of port & the tech reckons parts obselete so not repairable - I loved its sound with Baggs passive p'up on a previous Sobell guitar I stupidly sold years ago... - any chance someone could give me a second opinion re repair? I'm planning buying Venue anyway, but would love to repair the old Baggs too, I really think it sounded superior to some newer offerings - 18v make a difference maybe? Sorry for all the questions - Im at my wits end trying to get a good sound & my "plastic" Martin has come to the end of its gigging life! Cheers!

  • #2
    Hi JJ,

    The K&K, being a contact sensor, can be prone to boominess or feedback at higher volumes. If you have not acquired an M1 yet, I encourage you to consider the M80(though sorry to say they won't be available for a few weeks) as a do-all pickup for your Lowden. The M80, in many ways, already sounds like a pickup and a mic or good contact sensor.

    Here's a link to info about it:

    Regarding the K&K and mixing with an M1. That's also possible. Do you have an external preamp/mixer you plan to use or would you need one? The LR Baggs iMIX preamp should be able to mix the M1 and K&K signals.


    • #3
      M80 Pickup

      Thanks, Id love to try this new M80 pickup but being up in the Scottish Highlands makes auditioning gear difficult as usually means 400+miles round trip. Ive borrowed Venue pre, the K&K is almost useable thus, sounds awful straight into mixer, even with excellent EQ,F/X etc. Would still like to know if it may be opossible to have my original Baggs preamp repaired? Wish the Venue was 2 channel & ran on phantom!! Any chance of such a update? (Id really need to have sepearate control of two pickups I think,dont know how to achieve that though. Sorry for all the questions, thanks for help.


      • #4
        Hi JJ,

        Oops. I missed that question. I'm sorry to say the 18V "Preamp EQ" product has not been produced in many years and we are now unable to service them or provide many of the parts.