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budbennettPlayers Union Member

United States
1705 posts
since 8/10/05

07/17/2017 07:10:39 View budbennett's MP3 Archive View budbennett's Photo Albums View budbennett's Blog Reply with Quote

I have been playing out a lot lately with a new band I started this year and have become addicted to plugging in.  For many many years I used a clip on condensor mic by Ramsa and had a real love/hate relationship with it.  Several months ago I sold a piece of glass and in a moment of weakness decided to invest in a new banjo pickup while the cash was still in hand (a very very rare occurance since I am putting 2 kids through college and just paid for a wedding this May).  I found one of these EMG pickups used at basically half price and bought it with high hopes.    I have to say it is everything I hoped for and more.  The thing is silent when the banjo isn't being played, the volume knob is awesome, the tone I get from it is perfect and I don't need an additional amp to use it.  I am beyond happy.  The only drawback is 2 coordinator rods are needed to install it (totally non-invasive install too which is great), which means I can't use it on my B&D tenor or my Nechville, but for the Stelling and the Recording King, the thing is amazing.  

Plugging in is the way to go I think.  So much easier, awesome sound, I can move around.  I love it.  If I had the cash I would try something on the other banjos too but for now, this EMG is really really awesome.


http://www.emgpickups.com/acb.html

heavy5

United States
154 posts since 11/3/16

07/17/2017 07:55:42 View heavy5's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Just curious , how do you fade your volume as should be for the vocal or another instrument break ? This is necessary for blending and needed cohesion if you play BG , like using a single mike  .      

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budbennettPlayers Union Member

United States
1705 posts since 8/10/05

07/17/2017 08:26:10View budbennett's MP3 Archive View budbennett's Photo Albums View budbennett's Blog Reply with Quote

This EMG one has a volume knob on the outside of the banjo for very easy adjustment.  With my other pickup situations I always had to do a combination of pickup and microphone for volume adjustments.

My current band though is just 2 people and only I do leads and singing so it isn't really an issue but when needed, that external volume knob is the ticket.


Edited by - budbennett on 07/17/2017 08:27:17

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smithbanjoPlayers Union Member

United States
63 posts since 4/28/11

07/17/2017 12:10:23 Reply with Quote

Bud, I play pedal steel, fiddle and banjo with a country band. I use a K&K pickup and plug it into my pedal steel rack with a Brad Sarno Black Box and V8 Octal preamp. I still have a good banjo sound but can compete with any tele.

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notbob

United States
60 posts since 5/31/16

07/17/2017 16:02:26 Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by smithbanjo
 
I still have a good banjo sound but can compete with any tele.

I love when ppl have a choice. 

I took up banjo cuz I found myself becoming addicted to electronics.  Modeling amps, tube amps .....I almost bought enough pedals to require a "pedal board".  Yikes!

Now I play clawhammer banjo on a cheapo open-back.  No plugs.  No amps.  I love it.

Isn't choice grand!?   

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xnavyguyPlayers Union Member

United States
6536 posts since 12/5/07

07/17/2017 18:49:29View xnavyguy's MP3 Archive View xnavyguy's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

That's great news Bud!  I know how particular you are about your sound and am so glad you've found something that works to your satisfaction.

 

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pickin_fool

Canada
107 posts since 6/30/17

07/18/2017 12:03:31 Reply with Quote

i used to use a barcus berry banjo pick up with a preamp...the signal went to the mixing board to set a level for backing up the singers or while other instruments took a solo..when my turn came for a break i would walk up to my stage mic for added volume

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budbennettPlayers Union Member

United States
1705 posts since 8/10/05

07/18/2017 12:24:09View budbennett's MP3 Archive View budbennett's Photo Albums View budbennett's Blog Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by pickin_fool
 

i used to use a barcus berry banjo pick up with a preamp...the signal went to the mixing board to set a level for backing up the singers or while other instruments took a solo..when my turn came for a break i would walk up to my stage mic for added volume


I have done that with my clip on condensor mic.  makes total sense and seems to work just fine most of the time.  depending on what all is going on i will probably keep doing that until i can get something better than the condensor mic clip-on

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