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Cable Closeouts

Posted by BSM on 3/1/2017 to Products
We have a number of high quality cables on our Closeouts page that we have discontinued to make room for more pickups. We have only a few dozen of these cables left, so we increased the discounts to move them out.

All of our remaining CBI Cables are now an additional 30% off our already discounted prices. CBI (Caldwell Bennett, Inc.) is an American company that makes a variety of high quality cables of all types. We have an assortment of ...

Kremona Pickups

Posted by BSM on 1/2/2017 to Products
We are pleased to announce that we are now an Authorized Dealer for Kremona North America (KNA). We are now stocking the entire line of Kremona pickups, including the very popular NG-1 pickup for nylon string guitars. Kremona makes high quality acoustic pickups for guitar, ukulele, mandolin, violin and viola, cello and upright bass.

Mi-Si Pickups

Posted by BSM on 12/1/2016 to Products
Mi-Si PickupsWe are pleased to announce that we are now an Authorized Dealer for Mi-Si Pickups. Mi-Si has pioneered the unique concept of a battery-free active pickup system. the Mi-Si preamps can be recharged using the included charger for several hours worth of play time. This removes the need for mounting a 9 volt battery on your instrument.

Schatten Design

Posted by BSM on 6/19/2016 to Articles
Located in Waterloo, Canada, Schatten Design builds pickup systems for a wide variety of acoustic musical instruments, including acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, upright bass, cello, violin and viola, banjo, harp, piano, bouzouki and mandola, mandolin, ukulele, dulcimer, autoharp and more.

Schatten technicians hand-build and test each pickup system individually to ensure the highest possible quality. Only the finest materials are used in pickup construction and design. The majority of their pickups are purpose-built to match the frequency range and resonance of a particular instrument. The exceptions to this are ...

How to Amplify a Banjo

Posted by Ted Blue on 6/1/2016 to FAQ
K&K Banjo TwinThe pickups used to amplify a banjo are completely different than for guitars and other instruments. Compared to a guitar, a banjo head has significantly higher and more percussive resonance and is also in a higher frequency range. Slapping a guitar pickup on a banjo will result in a very tinny, thin sound with a tendency to clip, distort and feedback significantly.

About 80% of the banjo sound comes from ...