Speciality Pickups

 Speciality Pickup Systems


Banjo Twin - 
About the Banjo Twin
The Banjo Twin is designed to reproduce the true banjo sound with very natural tone quality and with very little effect on the acoustic tone. The Banjo Twin works well in passive mode, especially if acoustic amps are used. If a preamp should be necessary, we recommend the K&K Pure Preamp.

Installation Notes
The Banjo Twin does not require any alteration to your instrument. All the components are installed with special double-sided tape or self-adhesive fasteners. These will not harm the finish of your instrument and residue can be removed with WD-40. The two pickups are installed on the inside of the banjo head using a removable self-adhesive fastening system, specially designed for the installation on the banjo head. This adhesive is affixed to the two outer edges of the pickups only. We call this the "Catamaran" mounting technique. Using this technique, the center portion of the pickup is free-floating, enhancing response while reducing the adhesive surface by about 40% and therefore having only very little effect on the acoustic sound. The Banjo Twin system is equipped with a multi-use endpin jack. This jack can be mounted three ways: on the outside of the banjo (see photo), mounted with internal drill-through installation, or installed in a slot of the outer rim. For the external-mount, the jack is attached with K&K's self-adhesive dual-lock system (similar to Velcro but much stronger). It can be indefinitely opened and closed without wear and tear and guarantees super holding power with absolutely no mechanical noise. This way, the jack can be temporarily removed to fit your instrument into a carrying case.

Mandolin Twin Internal - $129.95
The Mandolin Twin is a dual-head retrofit mandolin transducer. It reproduces the original mandolin tone with very natural tone quality and it is highly feedback resistant. It is used by high end Mandolin builders like Clark Mandolins and by many professional players. The Mandolin Twin Internal is a fully internal pickup system. Both the tranducers and the endpin-jack are mounted inside the mandolin. The transducers are attached with double-sided adhesive tape, providing a robust installation with minimum sound interference. Installation of this system should be done by an experienced luthier or mandolin tech. If you are looking for a system that is easy to install by yourself please check out our Mandolin Twin Fusion system.

Pure Resonator BB - $115.95
The Pure Resonator BB is designed especially for biscuit bridge resonator guitars. It features a screw-mounted pickup for best possible sound transmission with maximum feedback resistance. The jack can be installed externally or internally. The pickup is pre-wired to an endpin jack, including an external Dual-Lock Velcro fastening system. The jack can also be installed internally if the Dual-Lock Velcro is removed. A flush mount nylon jack is supplied as well for optional internal installation.

Pure Resonator SB - $112.95
The Pure Resonator SB is designed especially for spider bridge resonator guitars. The pickup is designed to be installed inside the resonator cone on the center screw.

Violinissimo Pro - $164.95
The Violinissimo is our signature pickup for violins and viola. It has three pickup heads; two bigger pickup heads are wedged between the violin and each bridge foot and the third, smaller pickup head is wedged into one wingslot of the bridge. The position underneath the bridge feet produces an extremely voluminous and smooth sound because the bridge applies vertical pressure to the piezo crystals. In this spot, the low frequencies and the unique sound characteristics of the violin's corpus are picked up. The pickup in the bridge wingslot adds to the sound's brilliance. Together, the three pickup heads transmit a perfectly balanced violin sound. Other violin pickups tend to over-emphasize the high-end frequencies, but the Violinissimo eliminates this problem from the get-go. The jack is attached to the string holder with a special dual-lock Velcro adhesive, which is distinctively stronger, more durable, and sturdier than standard Velcro. It can be detached and re-attached repeatedly without wearing out or affecting the pickup integrity.

Definity System - $168.95
The Definity System is a brand-new solution that delivers K&K's natural pickup power to a variety of difficult to amplify acoustic instruments in an elegant and easy-to-install package. It is designed to work with virtually any floating bridge instrument, like Archtop and Macaferri guitars, and even semi-acoustic electric guitars with Tune-o-matic bridges. It is also well-suited for the banjo, cello, and many ethnic or folk instruments like bouzouki, saz, etc.

Installation Notes
One single pickup element usually transmits an entire instrument with good balance. The Definity System comes with a stereo endpin jack (soldered mono) that allows for future upgrades. The endpin jack includes a self-adhesive clip that can be removed. It allows you to choose internal or external jack locations. The pickup is only 6/1000 of an inch thin and measures 1 3/4” x 3/4” total. We call it a “compression pickup” because it is especially suited for “wedged” applications under a floating bridge. However, the pickup element is capable of transmitting sound like soundboard transducer as well. In fact, we found that the best tone is achieved if the pickup is mounted so it is partially “wedged” and partially open on the soundboard.