|Welcome to the Ubertar Hexaphonic guitar pickup page. We are a small company (currently just one person-- Paul Rubenstein, that's me) specializing in passive, electromagnetic, polyphonic pickups for stringed musical instruments, particularly hexaphonic guitar pickups.
A hexaphonic guitar pickup (sometimes called a divided pickup) is a pickup
with six outputs (one for each string on the guitar). Polyphonic
pickups are pickups with multiple outputs of any number, including
heptaphonic pickups for seven-stringed guitars, quadraphonic pickups
for bass, and any other possibility. All of my pickups are passive
and electromagnetic - these sound much better than piezo or active
pickups, which are usually meant for MIDI applications, rather than
direct audio output.
Ubertar polyphonic pickups are typically wired to a multi-pin output
(7 or 13 pin) and connected via a cable to a breakout box with one
1/4" output jack per string. A breakout box can also be set
up with additional stereo outputs and a left/right switch for each
I also make one-string
(single string, individual) pickups and two-string
pickups, and more. .
*Ubertar hexaphonic pickups are compatible with Roland VG-99 and GR-20 processors (guitar synths).
was searching for a pickup that could be installed on an acoustic
guitar (without permanent modification), that would allow
separate outputs for the bass strings.
I was amazed to find that the Ubertar pickup fits the bill exactly.
By mounting it in the sound-hole I can send the signal to an octave-divider
pedal and still use the piezo pickup for regular acoustic
sounds. This allows me to give the impression of playing bass and
guitar at the same time, or just reinforce the bottom two strings
with a lower octave. The pickup is all passive, so no extra batteries
required, and is super quiet too, and isolates the individual strings
very well. It also looks like a regular single coil and can be mounted
in any way a regular strat pickup can be mounted. This has become
a major part of my setup. Great work Paul!
- Ben Butler
"I've seen a lot of guitars. Heck, I've owned a lot of guitars. Those HS (hexaphonic stereo) guitars are some of the best I've ever seen (or heard). Good job."
Ripley, designer of the Kramer
Ripley stereo guitar, including the one used by Eddie Van Halen
"You are awesome. We are using the HELL out of this thing and these swept arpeggios at mach 5 are sounding incredible. The separation is astounding. Really. Like almost NO crosstalk sometimes depending on the part. That is incredible. I LOVE the hexaphonic pickup guitar, a LOT. It is simply perfect for the way I think music should sound."
- Joel Hamilton, Studio G Brooklyn