Musikmesse 08: Axon PU 100 is a MIDI pickup

Play digital sounds using your guitar

Strap this to your axe and you're good to get your MIDI-based groove on.

It already makes one of the finest guitar-to-MIDI systems on the market, and now Axon has released its new PU 100 Hex pickup. This was developed in collaboration with Seymour Duncan.

We’re assured that the new pickup can be fitted to pretty much any steel-string guitar, whether this be acoustic or electric. All that’s required is clearance of 9mm between the normal pickup and bridge and 10mm between the body and strings.

Once installed, the PU 100 gives you access to a range of features on your guitar-to-MIDI controller. Volume adjustment, preset switching and level balancing between the standard pickup and PU 100 are all supported. There’s a 3 LED status display and the length of the cable can be adjusted.

Compatible with all of Axon’s guitar-to-MIDI hardware and other 13-pin devices, the PU 100 will ship in May for $199/€149. For the full lowdown, browse to the Axon website.