Kremona KNA NG-1 Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar
A behind the saddle pickup solution for classical guitar.
Youtube Video Link (4k)
A review of the Kremona KNA NG-1 Piezo Pickup for Nylon String Guitar. Need to amplify your classical guitar? This is a pickup for classical and flamenco guitars that goes on the tie block behind the saddle ensuring that the piezo pickup does not interfere with the sound of your guitar and is detachable. I was super impressed and find this to be the best external pickup solution for classical guitar I’ve seen yet. For casual gigs (cocktail parties, background style music where no one is listening) I like these types of pickups because there is almost no setup and I don’t have to lug around mics and stands. Plus, there is little, if any, feedback. You could also consider this preamp pedal if you want more control: Zoom AC-2 but I don’t think it’s needed for my gigs (although it would be nice to have controls at your fingertips). Note, on a 12 hole bridge there is no change to the angle of the strings which is a bonus!
Need an amp? I love my Roland AC-33.
Kremona’s Promo Blurb:
NG-1 the logical choice for musicians wanting to professionally amplify the natural sound of their nylon stringed guitars without modification. Utilizing the tension of tuned strings, the NG-1 piezo installs safely and securely on the classical or flamenco guitar tie block. NG-1 is a passive system designed to work flawlessly with your favorite acoustic amplifier or colored via your preamp of preference. 1/8″ to 1/4″ cable included.
- Delivers the natural sound of your nylon-string guitar
- No modification to your instrument necessary
- Wooden sensor casing is lightweight and unobtrusive
- Detachable, or may remain installed when not in used
- Includes 8′ foot detachable cable
Pro Video Example
Here’s a professional guitarist, Emma Rush performing Joropo by Jose Luís Merlin at the Guitar Magic: Candlelight Christmas concert in Hamilton, ON in December 2019 via her YouTube. A great example of an even where no-nonsense and quick setup for amplification is needed. This is probably just recorded through the camera mic but it shows you the pickup in action at least. I’m pretty sure it’s the same pickup.