Banjo has become a hot instrument in many modern groups where the term bluegrass is just not big enough to define it. New folk and rock acts are erupting in live venues everywhere. As role of the banjo expands, more players are finding need for powerful amplification without the troubles associated with playing through a microphone.
Banjo pickups have been around a long time. There are several easy methods of picking up the sound of the banjo, especially through Piezo transducers, and magnetic pickups. Specialized microphones are also in common use. It’s traditionally been a problem solved differently by nearly every musician finding the need for amplification. While at this point, no one solution seems to prevail.
The problem with most banjo pickups is that the transducing element, whether it is piezo, magnetic or microphonic has its limitations. In order to reproduce a more natural and lifelike acoustic tone, a combination of sources is advantageous. The issue has gotten the attention of some of the industries top designers.
Urged on by Nechville, EMG has recently unveiled a new banjo sensor a that has a more natural, yet big and fat sound. Nechville has combined this newest pickup in a dual pickup “acoustical harness” giving players infinitely more control over their sound than before. Heli-mount owners will be glad to learn that Nechville is incorporating the EMG component into a completely new dual pickup solution for all banjo players. Called the Crescendo Acoustic Harness (TM), Nechville expects availability by year end. The harness will have an outboard clip on housing containing magnetic volume, acoustic volume, tone control, battery and ¼” jack. The internal harness installs under the head in seconds, and quick connect wires mean no soldering. It comes with everything needed for quick installation, (except the 9 volt battery).
Nechville Musical Products is a top producer of modern and traditional banjos, electric banjos and all kinds of supporting accessories for banjoists. EMG is a leading guitar pickup manufacturer based in Santa Rosa, California.