Ask Zac Episode 4 - Creative ways to use Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickups

April 17, 2020

In the Daniel Lanois autobiography, Soul Mining, Lanois tells of using Bill Lawrence soundhole pickups, a trick he learned from U2's The Edge. After reading, I was reminded of an interview I did with John Leventhal for Vintage Guitar Magazine back in 2017. When interviewing John, he spoke of his live electric setup, and that of his acoustic, that was a bit more complex than most as he used both an internal transducer going to a DI box, and a soundhole pickup through effects into a guitar amp. In this episode of Ask Zac, I talk about how to use the "Leventhal" dual-pickup setup, and what it has to offer.

Gear used:

Waterloo WL-14 Ladder Braced guitar

D'Addario EJ26 Phosphor Bronze Custom Light Acoustic Strings

80's Bill Lawrence soundhole pickup

Medium Gauge pick

Effects:Boss Volume Pedal

Mirage Compressor

Boss TR-2 Tremolo

Line 6 Echo Park

Truetone CS6 power supply


1965 Deluxe Reverb with Celestion Vintage 30 Speaker