I need advice on a pick-up for my banjo that's decent, but not terribly expensive, if there is such a thing.
After trying all (seemingly) of the not terribly expensive pickups, I broke down and installed the EMG pickup.
It is NOT cheap! As a new customer, signed up for their newsletter, you can get 10% off and free shipping.
BUT, it is EXACTLY as advertised! It does not make the banjo sound like an electric guitar. It sounds like a banjo, only louder.
I'm VERY, VERY happy with this pickup.
agreed, it is a great pickup. I have never had any feedback from it, it is basically silent until you play, external volume knob. Great.
I'm big on the K&K Definity Pickup. These are passive, don't require a preamp and dirt simple to install. Your milage will vary. If you do want a pickup (certainly not required) , the K&K ones are best as they are matched to the 1000 ohm impedance.
Every time this question comes up, I always recommend the Gold Tone ABS banjo pickup. Installation is as simple as could be. It just clamps on to the pot brackets. For 179.00 you get the pickup and a small DI box for tone, boost, and volume control. Basically, the pickup is a microphone with a sensitivity closely resembling a Shure SM57. Tone is excellent and I have had zero feedback problems.
I, too, have an EMG. It allows my banjo to hang in with other amplified instruments in a church praise band. I can't comment about other products because EMG is the only one I've tried. But to my ear it projects the banjo tone with reasonably good accuracy.
Jones-Hatfield pickup. $80 from Hatfield Music. Same idea as a Fishman, but passive instead of active (no battery).
Needs a pre-amp or DI box. But all pickups do for best performance.
Originally posted by paxflyer
I'm big on the K&K Definity Pickup. These are passive, don't require a preamp . . .
K&K says "The Definity pickup reaches its true potential with a preamp."
Anyone have advice on what sort of pick-up to but in a Pollmann banjola? The K&K is highly rated for mandolins, but not sure what's a better fit here for a banjola with gut strings.
No disparagement meant, but the entire ad copy for the new version of the Hatfield pickup relating to how a active magnetic pickup works and why the passive is superior is just plain wrong. Absolutely nothing wrong with marketing a passive magnetic pickup, but including all the pseudoscience makes it a bit disingenuous.
I use the Cling-On device on my RB-12. I use a wireless guitar device and a passive direct box now. The device is a Swiff Blackwing wireless guitar system. I can place the Cling-On anywhere on the head. It is secured by a magnet. I have used it in competition with a organ at church.
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