attaches in seconds
no drilling, routing, soldering or damage to your guitar
chrome plated die cast housing
works with acoustic or electric guitars
backed by our 1 year warranty
+ what's in the box?
- Submarine Pro
- Hex key for height adjustment
- Installation instructions
- Polishing cloth
- Optional adhesive pads
- Adjustment shims
Delivery times (approx)
- UK 1 - 2 days
- Europe 3 days
- Americas 5 to 7 Days
- Asia 5 to 7 days
- Oceania 7-10 Days
All orders sent signed and tracked with Royal Mail
+ returns and warranty
30 day money back guarantee. No questions asked.
The Submarine Pro is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from original date of purchase when used under normal conditions and for the purpose intended.
In December of 2017 we successfully raised funds through Crowdfunder to finish the development and manufacture of the Submarine Pro. The campaign generated global interest and resulted in raising over £20K. You can watch the crowdfunding video here:
what is it?
The Submarine Pro is a new type of guitar pickup that can isolate sound from individual strings. Slip the Submarine Pro under the strings of your electric or acoustic guitar, plug in and play through an effects pedal and you're away. You don’t need to know how to solder and you don’t need to cut or drill holes in your pride and joy.
The unique design of the Submarine Pro means you can apply effects to any string or set of strings you choose. It is now possible to drop your bass strings an octave, add gain and sustain to your solos and pan them to different places in your mix all at the same time. Your ‘one-person-band’ just became a ‘three-person-band’.
how does it work?
The Submarine Pro uses the same electromagnetic principle as regular electric guitar pickups. But unlike a standard guitar pickup that has one coil and therefore one output, the Submarine Pro has six coils and a set of switches that allow you to route these signals to two separate outputs. The stereo output means you can send E & A to one effects chain and D,G,B & E to another, or any other combination of your choice. You can also use in conjunction with your existing pickups.
These pickups are targeted directly at the strings they sit underneath. This means that sound from other strings, body noise from the guitar and ambient stage noise is almost entirely rejected. The Submarine Pro is excellent at resisting feedback.
how is it fitted?
There are a few options for how you can fit to your guitar. For an electric guitar with a flat top the Submarine Pro slides beneath the strings and is held in place with a micro suction pads. This is a new kind of nano-material which uses the same principle as geckos’ feet. The height of the pickup can then be adjusted using the supplied allen key.
For a regular acoustic guitar the Submarine Pro fits into the circular sound hole. The height adjustment mechanism doubles as a clamp and will hold the pickup securely in place.
On an acoustic guitar you can run the cable out through the sound hole or if you do prefer a more permanent installation you can take the plunge and drill a second endpin jack socket. Semi acoustic/Hollowbody guitar will follow a similar principle. Solid body electrics will require a different cabling which will be supplied.
In the future we hope to offer solutions for guitars with pronounced arched tops.
what cabling and other equipment is needed?
The Submarine Pro has two distinct parts: The main pickup body and the endpin jack. Any combination of six micro pickups can be routed to two distinct output channels.
At the time of crowdfunding the design was such that all the routing would be performed inside the endpin jack. Since then we have modified the design. You can find out more on our blog.
It was important that this product was simple to use and did not require any more equipment than was necessary. No expensive multicore cabling or breakout boxes for routing signals is required. You have the option of a one- or two-channel output depending on whether you use a mono or stereo 6.35mm (1/4”) jack cable.
For guitarists who want a larger number of outputs this is something we aim to bring you in the not too distant future.
what sounds can I make?
Pitch shifting is fun, of course, but it is only one aspect of how the Submarine Pro can be used. Compressors or sustain pedals can be really useful for filling out or emphasising a lead or bass line. Delays and reverbs can add atmosphere to part of your guitar line whilst leaving perhaps a more rhythmical aspect elsewhere on the guitar unaffected. As well as the demos shown in the crowdfunding video above, you can explore the principle of adding effects to individual strings at www.submarinepickup.com/demo
You are only limited by your imagination, your collection of guitar pedals and unfortunately your wallet. Although with technology moving on apace, audio processing in real time is becoming very affordable. Software such as Ableton really lends itself to this sort of set-up where you can have multiple effect chains running concurrently. Smartphone interfaces such as iRig are also interesting options and there are many reasonably priced and free DAWs available.
what is in the box?
• One Submarine Pro
• Cabling and routing endpin jack (electric or acoustic)
• 1.5mm Allen key
• Polishing cloth
• Rubber feet for protection of acoustic guitars
Thank you for your support and interest! I can't wait to get you Submarine Pro to you!
All the very best,