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ABS-C Banjo/Resonator Guitar Microphone System (Condenser)

The ABS Banjo/Resonator Guitar Microphone system easily attaches to any banjo or resonator guitar in seconds and amplifies the true acoustic tone. The ABS-C is a condenser microphone and requires phantom power.


ABS-C Banjo/Resophonic Guitar Information

The ABS system is essential equipment for the performing banjoist or resonator player.  By attaching a condenser microphone to the end of a small gooseneck cable, the ABS reliably captures the music you generate at the precise sweet spot where your instrument sounds the best.  Attachment and adjustment for ideal placement is simple and easy.   The ABS-C is shock mounted to prevent the introduction of extraneous vibrations. With no exposed wiring, the ABS-C can be transferred from one instrument to another in seconds.  The ABS-C requires phantom power and connection to the sound system is accomplished with the included cable (¼ ” TRS to XLR).  Includes a soft carrying case.




"Congratulations, Gold Tone, on your new clip-on condenser microphone for
resonator guitars! This is a great new affordable and practical miking
solution for lap style resonator players everywhere. The condenser mic is
compact, high-quality, and has just the right cardioid pattern to both
capture the true resonator sound and to reject surrounding instruments and
monitors. This makes for a natural sound without feedback problems. The
mounting is located conveniently out of the way of the player's right hand.
I highly recommend this for all musicians who play National, Dobro, Smith
and Young and other lap style instruments with tailpieces. Life is too short
to deny yourself good sounds!"

-Bob Brozman, National Resophonic Endorsee


"I have to say, your ABS-C system worked perfectly.  Amazingly, the first chance I had to use it was sitting in with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in NYC.....obviously, full electric band with two drummers.  No feed back, I could hear it fine in the monitors and people out front said they could hear me with no problem."
-Tony Trischka


Should I buy the ABS or the ABS-C Gold Tone Clip on Mic?


The mounting bracket is identical on both microphone systems.


The ABS is a dynamic microphone and comes with the ABS-2 preamp stompbox. In the off position there is no extra signal from the box other than the natural microphone signal (true bypass). When the ABS-2 preamp stompbox is engaged the gain and tonality is changed according to the dial settings.  Depending on the volume and tone controls, players using a normal stage mic (mounted on a stand) will normally move closer to the mic for a lead, and step back when playing back up.  The ABS-2 preamp simulates this volume change avoiding the need to stand stationary in front of the mic.

Advantages of the ABS

  • No phantom power is needed, just use normal 1/4" guitar cables
  • Comes with the ABS-2 preamp stompbox for EQ and volume control
  • May easily be used with a wireless system (a normal guitar style wireless works great!)

Disadvantages of the ABS

  • A dynamic mic requires much more gain from your amplifier.  We recommend an amp designed for acoustic instruments; 100 watts RMS or more.  If you are plugged into a PA soundboard and there are acoustic guitars (with preamps) plugged in, your gain will have to be set to roughly twice the guitar's level for equal volume levels.


The ABS-C condenser microphone was added about a year after the wonderful success of our ABS dynamic microphone.  A condenser microphone requires additional voltage to work, either phantom power or a built-in battery in the microphone (often found with inexpensive condenser mics).  Most acoustic instrument amplifiers have the capability to supply phantom power, as do most PA systems.  If your amp or PA system does not have phantom power capabilities, there are phantom power units available for usually less than $50 (Rapco, Horizon, Peavey, etc).  The ABS-C system includes the necessary 3-pin cable needed to plug in.  Note: The ABS-2 Preamp is not compatible with the ABS-C condenser microphone.
Advantages of The ABS-C

  • Much more gain...I tell folks, with the phantom power circuitry, the coil of the mic is much more active resulting in at least twice the gain of any dynamic mic. Using the "C" your gain levels with pre-amped guitars and vocal condensers will be equal, which a sound engineer will find much more convenient.

Disadvantages of the ABS-C

  • Requires a phantom power circuit either in a pedal  box (not included) or a feature of the amplifier
  • More complicated to use in conjunction with a wireless system


Q: Why is it the "ABS-C model" the same price as the “ABS” as the ABS contains the ABS-2 Preamp?
A: The circuitry in a condenser mic is much more sophisticated and expensive to produce.  Condenser microphones usually sell at twice the price of a dynamic mic.
Every mic system is susceptible to feedback. Its simply the physics of sound. If you are aware of what causes feedback and design speaker and monitor placement correctly, than either system will work properly. In our tests, both microphone systems were equal for feedback suppression.

"Absolutely great.  Really easy to install, and I don't even notice it when I'm playing.  Sound is very, very natural compared to what I get out of a a Shure -and I can move around wherever I want without having the sound fade out and in like always happens to me with a mike.  I have to play with an insensitive guy who plays a Stelling, and this let me get the volume so that  the clawhammer rhythm and percussion came through clearly to support the fiddle.  After one day, every reaction I have is overwhelmingly positive.  Thanks for dreaming this up and getting it to market!"

-Andy Keeler


ABS-C Installation Instructions

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