Nohea – Jimmy Stafford Signature Model. – Review -
new Jimmy Stafford model is essentially the same as its original
aside from the different gloss black transparent finish, however
the Gear-Review team found it important to comment on its
extra unique feature – The Fishman Sonitone pickup & pre-amp.
the original model I found myself trying a number of clip-on
pickups where the sound was harsh or using a microphone which
is impractical live. I also contemplated installing one but
the cost was prohibitive. This new model solves the issue
with a built in pickup so you can plug straight in to your
PA or amplifier. For adjustment a volume and tone control
is provided and this is placed in the sound hole under the
strings, which in my opinion can be tricky to access. Power
is provided by a 3 volt battery located near the rear socket
have so far tested it on a Fender Blues Junior amplifier,
a pair of Alesis Studio Monitors and a HK Audio Impact PA.
It definitely seems more at home on the more neutral PA or
monitors with a clean, clear sound which is not harsh at all,
when playing through the PA. I also used a pair of Mackie
Thump monitors for foldback and could hear myself perfectly
with no feedback issues. Through the Blues Junior it was a
bit harsh and less acoustic sounding to my ear but it may
also work for small gigs. It would also be interesting to
try it with a dedicated acoustic combo. Finally I also tried
it with a pair of Alesis Studio monitors with similar results
to the PA and also it can be said that this allows a defined
and clear sound when recording.
great and practical addition, to the Fender Ukulele family.
By Ernest H Slade