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  • bheind
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    Originally posted by Bryan McManus View Post
    If this is the forum thread you are referring to - http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...ghlight=anthem - I am B-Mac and I posted this comment:

    "Any time something other than what the saddle or bridge are made of is put under the saddle, some change in the acoustic properties will result.
    Those who are more intimately familiar with the tone and resonance of their guitar will more readily notice the change in energy transfer from string to soundboard.
    To expect no change whatsoever in the acoustic properties is a little unrealistic."

    There are some players who want a natural and realistic amplified sound but who are given pause by the slight change in acoustic properties that is to be expected from installing an undersaddle pickup. An example would be the player with a very fine, expensive guitar or a not-so-expensive or fine but great-sounding guitar who only intends to play plugged-in occasionally or rarely. To them, it may not be worth it. A gigging pro or semi-pro player or one with multiple guitars of varying quality/value is more inclined to overlook any change in the acoustics to achieve a better live sound.

    Regarding the Anthem, the Tru-Mic could affect the acoustic properties far less than the undersaddle pickup would. There is a little weight to it because the mic capsule is held in a small weighted metal part that is shock-mounted in the fixture that adheres to the bridge plate but its affect on the acoustics is minimal or undetectable.


    Here is the one that I've been following. Again the review is positive.

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    Originally Posted by throbert View Post
    Was Goodall impressed with the Anthem? I have Goodall KGC that already has a Fishman Matrix Infinity installed.

    throbert - James has been installing Anthems since they came on the market... he likes the sound of them, plugged in, and has been a little suspicious of whether the Anthem affects the natural sound of the guitar when played acoustically; that's why he was willing to do a new saddle on my guitar, to help either prove or disprove that suspicion. Naturally, he is loath to do anything to his instruments that affect their tone and volume.

    My conclusion is that my guitar is slightly quieter; I stand by the 5-10% figure... and the "hot" midrange on my maple 6 string has been smoothed out (not exactly a bad thing), sounds very different to me. I'm fortunate to have a room in my home that is tile floor, lots of glass and an odd shaped trapeziod - it is a premier room to play, unplugged - lots of reflective sound. That's where I made my determinations regarding the Anthem and "unplugged" sound and tone.

    After playing my guitar for a few weeks with the new saddle and nut, I'm really enjoying the way she plays; James did a wonderful job on my 32 year old guitar... and I'm growing accustomed to the "new" sound and tone, but I will not have James put an Anthem in the guitar he's building for me, not at first anyway.

    While I thought that perhaps the volume difference came from hanging the TrueMic off the bridgeplate, I've come to the conclusion that the culprit is the Element UST... the Element is a very thin ribbon, encased in a woven (almost looks like cloth) sheath of braided metal fiber. I believe that is what's "dampening" the sound and evening out the tonal characteristics of my Angus guitar... kind of makes sense, when I think of it - a substance approximating cloth, stuffed under the saddle. On the Acoustic Guitar Forum, someone had a link to a discussion of this very phenomenon, with regards to the Element. I kind of wish I'd read it BEFORE I proceeded with the installation, but...

    Again, I re-iterate, I LOVE the sound of the Anthem, amplified... it's not EXACTLY like my guitar's natural sound, but it is VERY workable, very touch sensitive, very acoustic sounding... so if you have to play your guitar, plugged in, it's a great way to go. I really like the fact that I have no need for any external pre-amp, EQ or DI box to get the tone I desire from my guitar...

    Hope this helps you!

    ps. I experienced none of the changes in volume or tone with the Fishman Matrix I had been using... and I used it for 15+ years... didn't sound as good as the Anthem, though...

    play on................................................ .......>

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  • Bryan McManus
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    If this is the forum thread you are referring to - http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...ghlight=anthem - I am B-Mac and I posted this comment:

    "Any time something other than what the saddle or bridge are made of is put under the saddle, some change in the acoustic properties will result.
    Those who are more intimately familiar with the tone and resonance of their guitar will more readily notice the change in energy transfer from string to soundboard.
    To expect no change whatsoever in the acoustic properties is a little unrealistic."

    There are some players who want a natural and realistic amplified sound but who are given pause by the slight change in acoustic properties that is to be expected from installing an undersaddle pickup. An example would be the player with a very fine, expensive guitar or a not-so-expensive or fine but great-sounding guitar who only intends to play plugged-in occasionally or rarely. To them, it may not be worth it. A gigging pro or semi-pro player or one with multiple guitars of varying quality/value is more inclined to overlook any change in the acoustics to achieve a better live sound.

    Regarding the Anthem, the Tru-Mic could affect the acoustic properties far less than the undersaddle pickup would. There is a little weight to it because the mic capsule is held in a small weighted metal part that is shock-mounted in the fixture that adheres to the bridge plate but its affect on the acoustics is minimal or undetectable.

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  • bheind
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    Anthem SL

    The reviews for the amplified sound of the Anthem system have been positive on the various forums. However, all the various players have suggested that the acoustic sound of the instrument of their instruments have been been slightly dampened. One player suggested it was because of the contact mic on the bridge plate and recently someone suggested it was the UST itself and that was after noted builder James Goodall installed the unit. I have a Goodall KGC. Is there any validity to these claims and are there any plans to revise the UST or any other part of the system to eliminate any of these tone losses in the sound? Also, is the system compatible with the PARA DI I have?These are my main concerns and otherwise I would like to install one of these systems in one of my instruments. Thanks for any helpful information!
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