- Active Magnetic Banjo Pickup
- Dual Coil Alnico Magnetics
- Noise Free Operation
- Includes Mounting Hardware
- Batteries Included
- Two Year Warranty
The ACB banjo pickup is a dual-coil magnetic pickup using Alnico magnets as the core material. The pole pieces compensate for string balance for any variety of string gauges. The innovative design has the coils of the ACB spaced apart from one another creating acoustic "chambers". These "gaps" allow sound waves inside the banjo to resonate around the coil walls that add acoustic quality that has not been achieved in a magnetic pickup until now. Whether recording or performing live, the ACB produces true accurate banjo tone that is noise free.
The EMG-ACB Banjo Pickup is the first of its kind to use 3 different pickup elements. First, the pickup is electro-magnetic so it senses the string motion. Second, it has 3 acoustic chambers that allow sound waves inside the banjo to add a microphonic element to the sound. Third, it uses a steel sensing element on the head of the banjo that can be positioned for additional tone.
The EMG Banjo pickup is active and contains a high quality preamp that features ultra-low noise and low current drain. The Pickup is powered by two Lithium Batteries (6 Volts). Everything needed is included with the pickup, so the installation is simple, and above all, flexible.
The magnetic output level of the pickup will depend on the placement along the coordinator rods. The output level of the pickup has been set to work at the "Sweet Spot" shown in the instructions below. If you slide the pickup closer towards the fingerboard the output will increase. If you wish, the pickup can be spaced further away from the strings to set the output where you desire.
The amount of microphonic sensing can be controlled if you experience feedback when playing at high volume levels. The 3 acoustic chambers surrounding the coils are .125 wide and can be filled with the "acoustic plugs" included. If you experience feedback, plugging the center slot usually does the trick. Do not use foam, it’s not a solid enough material.
Included with the pickup is .002 thick strip of steel shim-stock, used by the pickup to "sense" the head of the banjo. It can be installed on either the inside or the outside of the head. It has a pressure sensitive adhesive on one side for attachment to the head. It’snot necessary to use the steel strip in order for the pickup to work, it is simply an addition to the sound of the instrument.
Package Includes: Three (3) acoustic "plugs", mounting bracket, two (2) shim steel strips, two (2) coin-cell batteries, allen wrench. Works with all steel string banjos that have coordinator rods; will not work with nylon strings.