This pickup was a godsend for me. Purchasing my acoustic guitar initially (Walden) I purposefully chose one without an inbuilt pickup. My previous guitar had a pickup already installed, and sounded wonderful plugged in, but not so hot on its own. I thought I might reverse this effect, and am very happy with the results. However, as a young guitar player I knew not the hazards associated with micing a guitar in a live situation. I soon learned that if the issue wasn't horrible feedback, it was atrocious sound, or ignorant "sound engineers." I knew I was in need of a pickup system.
It was easy to install after I had loosened the string I rarely remove it, but when I do it is a bit tricky. After a few months pf having a wire trailing out of my guitar I just took it to my local repair shop and got him to run it through the body of my guitar. The sound is very alright. I imagine a decent preamp would liven it up a bit, but plugged straight it it lacks a certain.... ooomph. Low frequencies aren;t especially strong. I suppose you get what you pay for though and at the end of the day it's ten times better than fiddling around with microphones.