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The Realist Viola Pickup

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Developed by David Gage and Ned Steinberger, this viola pickup gives a strong and natural tone. It mounts under the feet of the bridge, and has a 1/4 inch output jack .

The Realist Viola Pickup

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David Gage and Ned Steinberger co-designed this viola pickup to give a strong and natural tone. It mounts under the feet of the bridge, so it does require loosening the strings and lifting the bridge off the top. This does raise the string height, but only slightly and if left on for unamplified playing, does little to diminish your instrument's tone and output. Nevertheless, The Realist is best for someone who keeps a dedicated acoustic-electric viola.
The 1/4 inch output jack accepts a standard instrument cable.
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  1. Amazing pickup Review by Seth

    I love this pickup. I go from this into a lr baggs venue di and run the effects loop of that to a boss me 80. This pickup is the most natural sounding pickup I've ever tried with my viola. They say a preamp isn't necessary, but I like to have one to balance out the high impedance and get some more control of my tone via eq. I use to take it on and off depending if I was play classical or with a band, but eventually I just opted to leave it on. It does raise the action a very tiny bit, I had a guy shave my bridge down a bit once I decided to just leave it on. I also suggest using a right angle 1/4 in cable into the jack. For me this keeps the cable right where I want it.

    Bottom line is this is a great pickup if you want your viola to sound as natural as possible. It also works great when playing with lots of effects too. (Posted on 10/28/15)

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