GHS Acoustic Soundhole Microphone

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The natural sound of your instrument... only louder.

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GHS Acoustic Soundhole Microphone

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The natural sound of your instrument... only louder.

This popular miniature low impedance mic is mounted on a flexible gooseneck, with an integral 1/4" endpin jack.

The microphone is suspended inside the guitar, without contacting the soundboard or altering the instrument's acoustics.

Overall length is 17" allowing the mic to be positioned for best sound. Instructions and battery included.

Also available, a special shielded cable that has 1/4" to 3-pin XLR connectors and is 15 feet long.

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GHS Acoustic Soundhole Microphone

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Excelent sound, at an affordable price

By Obsidiana from Mexico City
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 15, 2014

As a classical guitarist, for several years I have searched for a real solution to amplify my instrument, without sacrificing the acoustic tone and warmth from my luthier made ESTRADA guitar.
I encountered solutions with a lot of problems, from coloration, "twang" and unnatural sound up to converting my guitar into a "howling box".
GHS microphone has what I needed: a great sound, capable to be amplified at very loud levels to compete with latin percussions, bass and other instruments.
Due to the specific nature of my own guitar (the body is extremely light, constructed of "Cupressus", the kind for Flamenco guitars), I needed to add some cotton lining into it to be able to attain that level of amplifications, without affecting the sound at all.
I also had some pain positioning the microphone because I had no idea how it would be, but found some forums for guitar microphonics and learned that it shall be directed to the soundboard, an close enough to to it to catch a strength sound and reduce at the same time, that "boxed" sound characteristic, due to internal mics.
Another option was the massively expensive "L.R.Baggs Anthem", that I don't know if is a better solution.
At last, you need a 1/4" to XLR-M cable to connect to a console or studio preamp, and if you are planning to connect your guitar to an effects pedal or instrument amp, you'll need; after the XLR connector; an impedance transformer to convert from LOW to HIGH impedance, to match the input in the mentioned devices because the GHS is a LOW IMPEDANCE microphone, as mentioned in the user guide.

Stealth mic for Acoustic

By bassdale from central wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I love the sensitivity of this mic when connected to either pa or acoustic or guitar amp!! The tonal quality is wide allowing the user to taper and shape his natural sound to the room acoustics. Recording-wise it gets two thumbs up vs. a standard vocal mic but would not compare to a ribbon mic. I had to extend the battery leads to mount battery on my heel block with velcro for easy battery changes. install was done with a drill and a socket wrench with a string to pull the jack from the sound hole to the end block. Install level rank as novice, I have had sucess with two installs so far.

Glad I read the reviews!

By Dan25 from Upstate NY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 14, 2014

I already bought this unit and installed it in my Cordoba classical. I still haven't perfectly placed the mic and I was concerned about the battery issue too. The sound hole is just too small for me to be able to get my arm in there like I could on my Fender when I put the LR Baggs M1A in. But, after reading Toby2001's idea about putting a remote battery holder in closer to the sound hole I think I'll give that a try. Once I do that I'll have more ambition to find the sweet spot for the mic.

Great Bang for the Buck

By Lex Luthier from Flint, MI U.S.A.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 22, 2013

Came across this here on StewMacs site and a friend whom I perform occasionally with as an acoustic duo was in need of a way to amplify his relatively inexpensive guitar. I had already dressed his frets and installed a bone nut and made him a compensated bone saddle for the guitar which made the instrument very playable so we thought after reading the reviews on this item "why not give it a try?" It took a bit of trial and error to find the sweet spot and to achieve a reasonable volume without feedback we followed the manufacturers suggestion and installed a soundhole cover. The only negatives I have regarding this unit is as others have stated the battery location which is easily remedied with a wiring mod. Also the fact that you cannot power this device with phantom power. I did have to notch out a bit of midrange with a parametric eq to achieve ultimate sound but this certainly did the job. I am so impressed with this unit that I am replacing the under saddle transducers in both my Martin steel string and my Taylor nylon string in favor of this unit. It achieves a very true acoustic sound and tone without the dreaded piezo quack associated with the under saddle transducers. Highly recommended.

Great sound

By J Glick from Portland, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 01, 2013

I've long believed that an acoustic instrument should sound like an acoustic instrument, and that pickups made them sound like electric instruments, and usually not very good electric instruments at that. I was always of the opinion that if you wanted to plug in, get yourself a solid-body electric guitar! So when my wife and I had the opportunity to build a guitar and cuatro in an artisan guitar shop in Costa Rica, we had to decide what to do about amplification when we were to perform at our son's wedding this summer. Our decision, based on recommendations on this site, was to install GHS Acoustic Soundhole mikes in both instruments. Installation was easy (you will need an endpin jack reamer). At the wedding, we plugged our instruments in small 15 watt guitar amps without the use of pre-amps. They sounded great, with no feedback problems. Five stars for the GHS Acoustic Soundhole Microphone!

Pleasanty Surprised

By GLovey from Canandaigua, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 03, 2013

Looking for an alternative to the standard acoustic pickup, I bought this. Since the alteration to the guitar is essentially the same as other pickups, what did I have to lose? I installed it, did a little research and experimenting on placement, and I love this thing! True acoustic sound with no feedback. For the price you will not find a better solution!

GHS Acoustic Soundhole Mic

By PaulG from Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is an excellent pickup, I have it on a 12 stringed Susuki and it is by far the best sound I have had from any pickup on this guitar over many years. Great value and well worth the wait.

GHS Soundhole Mic outstanding...

By An Old Picker from Melbourne, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A good friend purchased a Voyage Air guitar for gigs that require air travel. She needed electronics installed for the stage and came to me for help (I had done a guitar for her previously). With the folding neck and loss of string tension, pickup options for this guitar were limited. We finally settled on the GHS Acoustic Soundhole mic and I agreed to install it for her.

One drawback to this unit is that the battery location requires the device be removed to change the battery, so I decided to relocate the holder to the the guitar side near the soundhole. The battery holder that comes with it is so stiff, inserting the battery is very difficult, so I substituted a holder with a spring that holds securely, but is easier to reinstall the battery.

The installation was not difficult, even with relocating the battery holder. The sound produced was outstanding, very pure. When my friend got her guitar home, she said this inexpensive travel guitar might even sound better amplified than her Taylor with factory electronics. She is very pleased with the results, and since she has to play it on stage, her opinion is more important than mine.

As with any microphone pickup, feedback is a concern, and a soundhole cover seems a good idea. She's using a makeshift one until she can find one to fit the non-standard size hole on her guitar.

However, I'm impressed enough that I plan to order one of these from Stew-Mac for a guitar I plan to make in a couple months (from a kit).

Note that there are apparently two models of the GHS Soundhole Mic and this is the internal mount version. This model seems to be somewhat rare these days and I found Stew-Mac to be the best of the few sources I could find for it.

Got best acoustic sound ever (compliment from pros I play with)

By erhunt from austin tx
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 09, 2012

works well. This is in a Martin 000-18 (70's) and a B-25 Gibson (60's) and works well in both. I installed to get away from piezo quack. Through my Fender Princeton reverb (modified for line out) I can dial in great acoustic sound. Here's the cool part - chords are chords, but leads are clean (no lead/rhythm switch needed). It's like you have a sound man angel running the compressor for you - for free.

Cool easy drop in.

By S Hill from Austin Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 18, 2011

I bought two of these guys to put in a 70s Epiphone 12 string and a 70's Daion acoustic. The Epi took the drill method pretty easy. I messed with mic placement a little bit and achieved a nice sound in a about 10 minutes. Played a blues gig that night with good results. I'll rewire and reposition the battery sometime in the future but did'nt have time at install.

Nice sound that didn't quack at all. I put the second GFS on the shelf because I couldn't pull the trigger on drilling on the Daion I bought with my paper route money way back in the day. That's not a fault of the GFS mic but just nervous nostalgia on my part. Looking at a cool parlor guitar, maybe I'll put it in that one.

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