Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System

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The Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System is a magnetic humbucking pickup and jack suspended from a customized mylar head. This is the newest and we believe the most effective way to amplify ANY banjo, while maintaining the instruments authentic characteristics.

Use your own banjo! Requires no pre-amp! Made in the USA!
Everything is in the head so just change the head and you have a pickup installed!

Hand made by John Kavanaugh in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Kavanjo pickups are the leader in banjo pickups.

“The banjo is a fairly loud instrument acoustically but very difficult to amplify. Through a mic the banjo often sounds harsh and thin. Most banjo pickups over emphasize the treble tone of the instrument and miss the tonal depth. The Kavanjo pickup gets it just right....your banjo only louder! When I am playing a concert with Doc Watson we often play for 2000 people, sometimes and many as 250,000. A mic just won’t deliver the full tonal range of the banjo when it is cranked for giant audiences. Even in these extreme situations the Kavanjo performs perfectly. It allows me to keep the banjo in the mix even when Doc is plugged in and at high volume.

Thank goodness there is finally a great pickup that amplifies the tonal warmth and power of the banjo!” - David Holt

Used by artists such as:
Mumford and Sons
Taylor Swift
Eric Church
Kacey Musgraves
Keith Urban
Dropkick Murphys
Elle King

Below: Kavanjo Pickup inventor John Kavanaugh with Banjo Studio owner David Bandrowski

Kavanjo Pickup Inventor John Kavanaugh with Banjo Studio owner David Bandrowski

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    Adam G.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Great pickup, great service

    I ordered the Kavanjo pickup attached to a fiberskyn head, and was very pleased with the product. David emailed me to confirm the banjo model and made recommendations for the head material (while I didn’t take the advice, I still appreciate the attention to detail!) The only thing to keep in mind with this pickup is it will NOT produce the same sound as acoustic - it’s a humbucker on a banjo, it’s going to sound like you’re playing an electric guitar with banjo picks. Excellent for blending with the acoustic sound to get a more consistent volume in the house, but on its own you definitely notice a difference in sound. If you record with this, blend it with a mic and you’ll be good to go.

    Banjo Studio Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System Review
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Absolutely amazing!

    I've personally used several banjo pickups and the kavanjo banjo pickup system is by far the best! Zero feedback and rich smooth sound. Ive actually tried to make it feedback and couldnt lol. Customer service was great too! They contacted me to make sure the head i was getting was the right one and answered all of my questions when asked. A++

    Banjo Studio Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System Review
    Lori E.
    United States United States

    Bango pickup

    It was actually a gift for my son, who said it was easily installed and the sound was clean. The only concern was that it didn’t come as a left hand option, or perhaps it did and I wasn’t aware when I was purchasing it for him as a gift.

    Elmer S.
    United States United States

    Sounds great!

    I have only had it for a few weeks, but I love it so far. I hope it will last a long time.

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    Rodger E.
    United States United States

    Baggs Banjo Pickup

    Very happy with the pickup and the service from Banjo Studio!

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