Bizzy Bee Contact Mic
You'd think the days of the lo-tech, humble contact pickup would be well over.
Bizzy Bee doesn't think so and this piezo transducer sticks onto your instrument with a supplied mini ball of beeswax. A thin diameter RCA-to-standard jack lead (2m long) is also included and it comes in a little bag, which is also handy for removing the beeswax residue from your guitar.
Obviously if you want to amplify an instrument without an onboard pickup, the Bizzy Bee works well. It seems to have a pretty wide frequency response but that will depend on its placement.
The RCA plug is quite a loose fit so you might want to secure that before you head to a stage. We're also not convinced that beeswax is the best material but, hey, it seems to work.
However, you can use it to augment the pickup system you may already have, primarily to add 'body' to a soundhole or piezo system both for performance or recording. We got some very lo-fi sounds from a Taylor GS Mini by placing it just behind the bridge; or added body sounds for percussive techniques by placing further towards the body's edge. Back of the headstock for a brighter, thinner tone? No problem.
While the fixing and trailing lead seem a bit Heath Robinson for serious gigs, it works well in terms of sound.
Broad frequency response; suits creative recording and emergencies!
Beeswax seems too lo-tech for the fixing; RCA jack not all that secure.
For home, or indeed studio, recording, it's ideal for someone wanting more interesting acoustic sounds.