A friend of mine is putting on a fundraiser / silent auction / open mic concert kind of dealie, and I was invited to play a couple of (acoustic) tunes. I'm trying to think ahead to what might make the night go more smoothly, and I'm considering picking up a sound hole pickup, since my acoustic is very old and has no electronics of any kind in it, and I don't want to spend any time fiddling with mics. For some extra context, if it makes a difference, my understanding is that the venue they're going with has a small stage area, but no actual PA, so the plan is probably going to be that they (and by "they", I might mean myself) will be renting or borrowing a small PA- probably just a couple of powered speakers and a small board, couple of decent stands and mics (58s), and it's very likely they won't have a sound guy (which means there's a good chance I'll have to fill that role too). There aren't going to be any full bands, no drums, etc., just guitar + singer for most of the planned acts, as far as I know. I tried to do some googling, and so far most of the suggestions point towards the LR Baggs M1 Active. I like the idea of it having the preamp onboard so that I don't need a DI- the less complicated the better. I also want to avoid anything permanent to the guitar. I don't plan on installing the end pin jack thingie. So some questions: - Does the sound hole pickup sound like a good idea/convenient way to go for this kind of small show? - Anyone have experience with the M1 Active (or the passive one)? - Any other pickups I should consider looking into?