The Pure Classic is passive system for classic guitar, with four pickup heads and an endpin jack.
The Pure Classic is passive system for classic guitar, with four pickup heads and an endpin jack. It is a transducer systems only and does not include a battery or on-board electronics. Don’t be fooled by the sound of some competitors’ “thin sounding” passive systems–the Pure Systems are definitely different. They sound full and rich and have sufficient output to drive most amps and PA systems directly!
Installing the Pure Classic
The Pure Classic is designed to be installed with superglue for optimum sound transmission. For the players who do not wish to do this we also supply a special extra thin double stick tape for peel-and-stick removable installation. Pickups mounted with this tape require a preamp. The peel-and-stick installation cuts off a little bit at both the low and high end plus the output is reduced by about 30% compared to the superglue installation.
What are the advantages of the Pure pickups over undersaddle pickups?
The special Pure surface transducers transmit a significant portion of the soundboard because they are not as close to the strings as an undersaddle pickup. An undersaddle pickup mostly amplifies the sound made by the guitar strings. There will not be much difference in sound if you play a cheap $50 guitar or a handcrafted $5,000 instrument. The Pure pickups “listen” to the sound of your soundboard. The transducer elements are not under pressure and therefore do NOT sound percussive or harsh or quacky no matter if you play hard or soft. The Pure reproduces all strings nicely balanced. Undersaddle pickups often have problems with string-to-string balance. Unlike undersaddle pickups which passively often sound thin and trebled-only, the passive Pure puts out a nicely balanced, warm, full range signal.
Some disadvantages of undersaddle pickups:
1. Hard, percussive tone, because it is under high pressure.
2. Picks up mostly strings and hardly any sound from the soundboard.
3. Chance of unbalanced individual string-loudness can result in work-intensive balancing procedure.
4. Needs special preamp to compensate for the hard sound.