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Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar 

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Natural, detachable passive piezo pickup solution for your acoustic-electric, nylon-string guitar.

The Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitars is a must have for every nylon-stringed enthusiast. Encased in lightweight tonewood, NG-1 ensures the natural sound of your guitar without modification. NG-1 installs safely and securely on the tie bar utilizing the tension of the strings and comes complete with a detachable, easily replaceable cable. When not in use, NG-1 may be left in place with no detriment to the instrument's acoustic sound.


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KremonaNG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Passive Pickup Heaven

I stumbled across this pickup while looking for a possible solution to amplify my classical for smaller gigs. Being a complete DIY finatic, i know full well the possible horrors that come with installing...Read complete review

I stumbled across this pickup while looking for a possible solution to amplify my classical for smaller gigs. Being a complete DIY finatic, i know full well the possible horrors that come with installing pickups, as well as the heavy cost when those modifications go south.

that being said, this pickup was easy to install, if you can change a string you will most likely succeed. Its as simple as loosening the strings and gently sliding it over the top of the bridge, then bringing the strings back up to tension.

the pickup came with a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch cable, the 1/8 inch jack being on the pickup obviously. Probably the most useful thing is being able to unplug the cable from the pickup and leave it in place. If youve ever owned the seymour duncan "Woody" you will really appreciate having this option. As far as duribility goes, i plan to leave the pickup in place, it looks just fine. after all if i dropped a fishman into my guitar i wouldnt be unscrewing it every time i unplug it :)

The sound is very natural and warm, and with a few knob turns on my amp you can dial in some pretty sweet sounds that bring out the characteristics unique to your guitar. you may want to invest in a noise suppressor to control feedback in live applications. Its very responsive and will pick up whatever vibrates it. Its a PIEZO!!!

I think i found a great, low cost solution to mic my guitar without going overboard.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap construction Cheaper Sound

This pickup has to be the most cheaply constructed, worst looking, most poorly functioning, rip off of an LR baggs that has ever been created. It installed perfectly...only to snap in...Read complete review

This pickup has to be the most cheaply constructed, worst looking, most poorly functioning, rip off of an LR baggs that has ever been created. It installed perfectly...only to snap in half while gently removing the even cheaper 1/8 inch cable. Dont waste your money, if you're a serious musician, do yourself a favor and buy a REAL piezo system for your guitar. Not some cheap Bulgarian doorbell, sandwiched in between two pieces of drift wood. For the price, anything is a better solution for amplifying your classical guitar

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great natural sound

By classical guitarist

from Orange County, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Gigs

    Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

    This little pick up produces very natural sound. Very impressed with the sound quality. It wasn't difficult to install as I first thought. I am sure I would do it even faster after I install it a few times. This is a great alternative to amplifying your classical guitar, where playing acoustically or with a good mic isn't an option. The best part is that there is no need to drill or modify your instrument.The wooden exterior of the pickup complements the guitar very nicely. The option to unplug the cable is great.Highly recommend this to any classical guitarist that is performing frequently.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Passive Pickup Heaven

    By Classical Guy

    from Oakland, Ca

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

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    Pros

    • Classy Looking
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

      I stumbled across this pickup while looking for a possible solution to amplify my classical for smaller gigs. Being a complete DIY finatic, i know full well the possible horrors that come with installing pickups, as well as the heavy cost when those modifications go south.

      that being said, this pickup was easy to install, if you can change a string you will most likely succeed. Its as simple as loosening the strings and gently sliding it over the top of the bridge, then bringing the strings back up to tension.

      the pickup came with a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch cable, the 1/8 inch jack being on the pickup obviously. Probably the most useful thing is being able to unplug the cable from the pickup and leave it in place. If youve ever owned the seymour duncan "Woody" you will really appreciate having this option. As far as duribility goes, i plan to leave the pickup in place, it looks just fine. after all if i dropped a fishman into my guitar i wouldnt be unscrewing it every time i unplug it :)

      The sound is very natural and warm, and with a few knob turns on my amp you can dial in some pretty sweet sounds that bring out the characteristics unique to your guitar. you may want to invest in a noise suppressor to control feedback in live applications. Its very responsive and will pick up whatever vibrates it. Its a PIEZO!!!

      I think i found a great, low cost solution to mic my guitar without going overboard.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice even tone across all 6 strings

      By Ambrose

      from Glenwood Springs, CO

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Extremely Sensitive
      • Fragile

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts

      Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

      Clear sound. Easy to use. Fits easily under the strings on the saddle. No need to remove the pickup after practice of performance. (waste of time) As it sits very well under the strings.

      Pickup is the same consistency of a popsical stick. I accidentally snapped mine (not in half but like a toothpick). I put it back together and viola. It worked like a charm.

      It is very sensitive. I play a Cordoba 40R out of a Crate 30w amp. I keep my amp on 2, the low, mid, and treble at 3.5 The reverb to zero for a clean concert tone with volume to spare. I'm very happy

      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      KREMORA NG-1

      By adan

      from undisclosed

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Did'nt Work

        Best Uses

        • NA

        Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

        The idea is great... But the one that I got did not work... Either there was no sound, or a big hum.. the cable connection to the transducer is neither 1/4 or 1/8 inch... Is apparently of European jack measurement... Maybe the cable was bad... But as the jack connection did not fit US specs... I decided to return it...

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Cheap construction Cheaper Sound

        By Classical Guy

        from Oakland, Ca

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • Landfill
          • Toothpick

          Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

          This pickup has to be the most cheaply constructed, worst looking, most poorly functioning, rip off of an LR baggs that has ever been created. It installed perfectly...only to snap in half while gently removing the even cheaper 1/8 inch cable. Dont waste your money, if you're a serious musician, do yourself a favor and buy a REAL piezo system for your guitar. Not some cheap Bulgarian doorbell, sandwiched in between two pieces of drift wood. For the price, anything is a better solution for amplifying your classical guitar

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product, just as described

          By Guitarminer

          from Ellisville, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

            Recording into GarageBand

             
            5.0

            Sterling Reinforcement Solution in an Unusual Context

            By Kevin McFoy Dunn

            from Athens, GA, USA

            Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

            The guitars seen in Watteau's paintings we now refer to as "baroque guitars". (In the Baroque era, which didn't call itself that, pretty much every European language designated it a "Spanish guitar" -- except in Spain, where it was unsurprisingly simply called a guitar, period.) I've got two, one expensive (for me) -- crafted in England in 1980 (a 300th anniversary Voboam atelier commemorative edition), weird, beautiful, boxy tone even with historical-tension Nylgut (real gut is for me an insupportable extravagance), elaborately ornamented and quite fragile, leaving the house only on rare occasions -- and one not so much -- made in Pakistan recently (a crude-ish copy of a Sellas workshop production from 1630s Venice), built like a tank, Nylgut-strung, good enough for weddings, funerals, restaurants, etc. Both reasonably accurate replicas in their different ways, both insanely quiet, designed for intimate settings in a much less noisy era.

            So, amplification: not optional. But mics are a performance-cramping pain when sweating 17th-c. repertory at my low skill level, and the Barcus-Berry transducer I was obliged to affix to the exterior of the workhorse instrument -- the carved rosette in its soundhole renders breaching the interior impossible -- looked awful and, through no fault of the pickup, never quite worked. When I heard about the Kremona, I decided to try it, and I'm glad I did. It yields the best amplified representation of the instrument's tone I've yet achieved; also, it integrates well appearance-wise with the ornate mustache bridge. Per the durability issue, the unit is held so tightly to the bridge by the guitar's five double courses and its jack positioned so close to the first course that only main force coupled with bad luck could effect the snapping-off referred to elsewhere. But I don't plan ever to uninstall it, so I guess my situation differs from that of someone taking it off and putting it on on a regular basis.

            Anyway, verdict: 10 thumbs up!

             
            4.0

            The NG1 passive pickup

            By Raul

            from Melbourne, FL.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

                Don't jam the pick-up all the way up. The part of the shaft away from the plug vibrates the most. Keep that part of the pick-up under the strings. Also, don't assume that the pick-up doesn't sound good if the strings in your guitar are old.

                 
                5.0

                Sounds Great

                By Bleikr

                from West Virginia

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

                  Very good sound reproduction, easily installed. Some reviews complained that the included cord is thin, however a regular sized guitar cord would be too heavy for the connector. I have also tried using a balanced / stereo connector with excellent results.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound without carpentry.

                  By Dragon Dave

                  from Lakeland, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Kremona NG-1 Passive Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar:

                    I bought one of these Kremona NG-1 pickups for my Kremona Fiesta FC nylon-string classical guitar and quickly installed it just after the holidays. Many reviews criticize the durability of these pickups and I can not yet comment on that. It does, indeed, look as if it won't withstand much rough handling but that's not a problem for me. I take care of the things I spend my money on. In this case, I carefully connect and disconnect the cable with both hands and the guitar in a stationary position.

                    I have found that the cable which runs across my guitar's sound board when connected has a tendency to audibly hit the sound board while I'm playing, so I added a modification which has largely solved this issue. I simply double-wrapped the first 7or 8 inches of the cable end that connects to the pickup with soft knitting yarn which dampens the impact significantly.

                    As for the sound: I'm quite impressed by the strength of the signal transmitted to my Yamaha THR-5A practice amp, given that the NG-1 is a passive pickup. My amp has all the controls I need to shape my sound, so the NG-1's lack of volume and other controls is unimportant to me.

                    For those who are reluctant to drill and cut holes in a prized guitar, this may be the solution you've been looking for to amplify your sound without the risk and expense of an invasive pickup installation.

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