AER

AK 15 Plus
This two-source system aims to capture the true sound of an instrument by utilizing both an undersaddle piezo pickup and a condenser mic that is integrated into the endpin preamp.
$229 street
aer-amps.com

 

MI-SI ELECTRONICS DESIGN

Motif
Battery changes aren’t required for this undersaddle pickup/class-A preamp combo that requires just a 60-second charge via the output jack for six hours of acoustic amplification.
$161 street
mi-si.com

 

EMG

AS93U
This system’s AT93 pickup uses piezo film in a layered (bimorph) format that allows for lower-output impedance. Because the film runs the length of the pickup, any number of strings or any string spacing can be used.

$125 street
emgpickups.com

 

SCHERTLER

Lydia EQ ST
Designed with natural sound and dynamics in mind, this system’s class-A internal preamp allows for on-the-fly tweaking via the volume, treble, and bass pots that attach in the soundhole.
$239 street
schertler.com

 

L.R. BAGGS

Element Active System VTC
This system features a proprietary circuit that incorporates a low-frequency suppressor and a streamlined pickup design that substantially improves the sensitivity of the transducer.
$129 street
lrbaggs.com