Humbucking, soundhole-mounted design with active electronics for steel-string guitar

Crafted for the discerning acoustic player who seeks a warm, clear, and vibrant amplified tone.

The added preamplifier delivers noise-free, authentic steel-string guitar sound.


Active design

The built-in preamplifier reduces noise and eliminates string grounding. The pre-amp also boosts the tone and delivers clear, true steel-string guitar sound. The pickup requires 2 CR2032 batteries for operation.

Install with no modification

Simply drop this pickup into the soundhole of the guitar and gently tighten the mounting screws until it is firmly mounted to the top.

Wood case

The high-quality mahogany cap, electronics housed in birch, and lightweight design ensure maximum sensitivity and durability.

Neodymium magnets

HP-1A utilizes the power of neodymium magnets to provide a strong, balanced sonic experience.  

Cable included

A 1/8" to 1/4" cable is included for easy connection to an amplifier or mixer.


Follow our installation guide through the following steps:

Install the two CR2032 batteries into HP-1A by sliding them “+” side up under the metal clip at the bottom of the pickup. This is needed for operation.

Loosen the strings of your guitar. The strings should be loose enough over the soundhole that you’ll have ample room to insert the pickup.

Position the pickup into the soundhole using the two side slots. Move up to the neck side, positioned below the end of the fingerboard. Using a Philips screwdriver, gently tighten the mounting screws until the pickup sits securely in the soundhole. Make sure not to over-tighten, as the screws can strip or the finish of the guitar could be damaged.

With your volume off, plug the cable with the 1/8″ connector into your pickup and the 1/4″ connector into your favorite high-impedance amplifier. You are ready to play. 

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Weight 45.35g. / 1.6oz
Wood Mahogany cap, birch electronics housing
Impedance 3.20kΩ
Cable 3meter / 9'
Specified part Letter Size in MM (from*) Size in MM (to*) Size in INCH (from*) Size in INCH (to*)
Pickup length on top of soundboard  a 112,4 112,6 4,425 4,433
Pickup width on top of soundboard  b 33,0 34,0 1,299 1,339
Pickup height on top of soundboard (not including magnet pole pieces)  c 14,5 14,6 0,571 0,575
Active signal transfer area length d 70,3 70,4 2,768 2,772
Maximum soundhole diameter e 107,5 107,6 4,232 4,236 
Minimum soundhole diameter f 80,5  80,6  3,169 3,173
*Our handmade pickups may vary slightly in size due to the nature of the building

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