This active coil pickup sounds really truthful to the Bouzouki sound. I am very pleased with the sound quality. However the installation is very tricky if your instrument's fretboard comes right down to the soundhole. I had to make a special wooden mount in the soundhole in which to screw the pickup on to. I shall be contacting EMG to see if they make some design adjustments. Also I cut out a hole in the side of the instrument and fitted a dedicated 9volt battery box to make swapping a new battery easy.