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Price: $69.99
Info: www.clingon.co

STUCK
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The Cling On Acoustic Guitar Pickup

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Price: $98 (Micro Preamp),
$108 (Baby Bomb 30)
Info: www.mooeraudio.com

LET'S GET SMALL

The Mooer Micro Preamp, Baby Bomb 30

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n the guitar universe as with the world,
miniaturization is rampant, with new
pieces of tiny gear arriving regularly. Chinese electronics company Mooer joins in
with their Micro Preamp and Baby Bomb
30, tiny stompboxes that comprise fully
functional two-channel amplifiers.
The Micro is, simply put, the preamp
section of a guitar amp. Two channels offer
digital models of tube amps and a cab sim
output for recording (or straight to PA).
Plug in an external 9-volt power supply
and tweak the three-band EQ to taste
(these can be set independently for each
channel). Despite its stature, the Micro
finds room for a Gain knob for overdrive
and a Volume to control levels. An LED
button chooses between the two channels
(or hold down to activate the cab sim).
Mooer's Baby Bomb power amp has
Master Volume and a Warm/Bright switch
for presence tones. It comes with its own

24-volt brick and can drive an 8- or 16ohm cab. Paired with the Micro Preamp
and a 1x12 Fender cabinet, its 30 watts of
output are surprisingly loud. You could
put an OD pedal in front of the Micro,
but no question, there's already plenty of
AC/DC and Aerosmith bark. Also note,
these aren't the quietest pedals in the
world, so care must be taken when riding
the preamp gain.
The Micro Preamp and Baby Bomb
30 can potentially cover a critical job
for guitarists - acting as a back-up amp
at a gig. Most players don't lug around a
second amp, so they pray their one doesn't
go belly-up in the middle of "Starship
Trooper." With these two Mooer boxes on
your pedalboard, you can avert disaster by
sending a new line to the PA, making these
two pedals reasonably priced insurance
policies - besides being tiny and fun. -
Pete Prown

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September 2018

ling On's acoustic guitar pickup is a
magnetized slug designed to be installed on the underside of a soundboard
and held in place by removable adhesive.
The unit is placed wherever you can
stick the magnet by reaching through the
sound hole; in our tests, positions near the
perimeter or a brace sound more focused.
One spot near the center of the lower bout
offered an overly resonant response, while
another was satisfactory, and a third was
gold - balanced across the spectrum with
no hot notes or wolf tones, a nice growl in
the wound strings, and round attack from
the plain strings, with no "piezo spike."
In a mildly carved 17.3" acoustic archtop,
plectrum and fingerstyle techniques elicited
satisfying results, from the solid chop of
Freddie Green rhythm to the pianistic sound
of Van-Eps-style chord melody. Extraordinarily light, the pickup and frame didn't
noticeably change acoustic response, which
makes it great for temporary installation on
nylon-strings and steel-strings
alike.
The Cling On has
an onboard Volume
control and a handy
mute function, as
well as a mini-plug
to a 1/4" jack cable.
The pickup housing's
silicone rubber pad
protects the guitar's
finish.
And that's perhaps the
Cling On's most obvious
advantage - a few minutes'
worth of installation with no
"upgrades" involving adhesives or drills. - Chip Wilson


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