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BANJO in hd 500


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I use the EMG ACB 250 .pickups/emg-acb-banjo-pickup-system .  It is a very good pickup system, It sounds more natural the further you pick from the bridge. It still has some magnetic qualities when you pick close to the bridge, but you can adjust the pickup forward and backwards, closer and further away from the head to get your tone. "No Feedback"  $229

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Yes, I use the Fishman Rare Earth Pickup with my HD500. In the studio I crank the volume, hold the banjo up to the speakers and use the Studio EQ to notch out the resonant frequencies as the banjo is prone to feedback (the entire head is sensitive and prone to feedback). There were a LOT of feedback nodes to null out - maybe 4 or 5 (compared to 0 for guitar, 1 for mandolin, 3 for ukulele, 0 for dulcimer). Once you get those tamed you will need to cut the lows around 220 Hz or so (the low D is ~150 Hz). When I move around on the stage as I approach a music stand (or whatever) the sound bounces off the music stand back onto the head enhancing the bass. Sounds really bad and echoey so just cut the bass. The banjo is a bright instrument anyway and hardly anything is lost. Good luck and have fun! This setup has worked really well for me and sounds very natural when picked close or far from the bridge.

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