Warp Drive

Dual Source Pickup

Blend the two best pickup types into one. The Warp Drive allows you to blend the warmth of the EMG magnetic with the natural shimmery sound of the Schatten piezo. The EMG ACB has a nice thick sound with smooth transients and details mids. Then blend in the piezo- which captures the rich harmonics that accurately reflect the banjo's top end.

Just like our banjos, these are built by hand right in our Nechville shop in Minnesota.

The Warp Drive is mounted with the help of a very tough spring. It is designed for our resonator banjos, as the resonator conceals and protects the electronics. Inquire about the adapted Warp Drive that fits coordinator rod banjos.

Easy Installation
Save on installation- install at home in minutes
Dual Pickup System
Dual active pickup system- magnetic and piezo blend
Quality Components
High quality op-amps, correct piezo buffer and impedance match, made in the USA
Built in EQ
Optional EQ custom tailored to the pickup frequencies
Long Battery Life
200-500+ hours on one 9V
Only jack remains outside banjo- will still fit in case


Portland, OR

The system is fantastic! Banjo sounds better than ever and I get lots of compliments from sound engineers.


Minneapolis, MN

For years I had just accepted that banjos don't sound good plugged in. That's all changed now that I've gotten the Warp Drive pickup. It has allowed me to sound on stage just like I do practicing at home and has made my job so much easier!


Dayton, OH

I received the Warp Drive and it's installed. Just wanted to let you know it is working great. As far as banjo pickups go, I have never had the best luck with getting the right sound. This Warp Drive is getting everything I want out of volume and clarity.


Crown Point, IN

That pickup system is fabulous. Simple to install, clear and dynamic. The dynamics and sensitivity are surprising and just fantastic.

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Custom Options

Looking to plug in?

Warp Drive Pickup

Want to make this model pounds lighter?

Timber-Tronic Tone Ring

Want this neck on your favorite banjo pot?

Flux Capacitor

Looking for something based on this model?

We can customize just about every part of the banjo.

Here are some examples:

Add/remove tunneled 5th string
Custom inlay
Custom design work
Custom amplification options
Custom scale
Exotic wood
Specialty binding
Upgrade frame to nickel or gold
Lightweight wood ring/bronze ring swap
Narrower neck profile

See our custom design page for more ideas. Let us help you dream up your next banjo!



The fine print:

Feature Spec
Neck Wood Walnut
Resonator Wood Straight Walnut
Approx. Weight 10.6 lbs
Neck Profile 1.28" at nut
Bridge Spacing J.D. Crowe
Scale Length 26 3/8"
Binding Tortoise with Black/White Pinstripe
5th String Standard
5th String Roller N/A
Tuner Ratio 4:1
Peghead Classic
Tone Ring Pro 20 Hole Pre War Alloy
Radiused Yes
Inlay Arrows and Dots
Head White
Finish Nechville Clear
Stain Natural
Truss Rod 2-Way Stainless
Frets Nickel
Case Premium Hard Shell
String Gauge .010", .012", .014", .022", .010"

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