My customers have been asking me for years to develop a pickup for their Martin™, Guild™, and Taylor™ style acoustics which would be a step up (both sonically and aesthetically) from the cheap mass-produced models made overseas by other manufacturers. Finally, I have heeded the call of my users and have delivered an acoustic pickup with incredible tonal beauty, feedback-resistance and an amazingly natural attack and shimmer which is also beautiful to behold. Now available in limited edition spalted maple—while supplies last!
Krivo Pickups are artisan-quality handmade pickups for acoustic instruments.
Since 2005 all Krivo pickups have been—and continue to be—personally hand-made in Portland, Oregon USA by me—critically acclaimed designer and professional musician Jason Krivo Flores.
New for 2017 the Modelé Acoustíque for all acoustic guitars, parlor, and tenor guitars. Custom models for bouzouki also available.
The Krivo Modelé Acoustiqué features the following: Innovative Optimized Microphonics design senses acoustic vibrations from soundboard in addition to string vibrations.
No modification to instrument, mounts in seconds.
Fully shielded and hum-cancelling for noise-free performance.
Adjustable pole pieces for perfect string-to-string balance.
Very responsive to EQ a wide range of tonal colors are at your disposal, from bright and transparent to thick and colored.
Works equally well with a tube amp or Schertler, AER type acoustic amps.
Uses neodymium magnets for clarity and brilliance with strong lows.
Excellent transparent acoustic tone.
Incorporates a 1/4″ guitar cord, just plug right into any amp!
I consider my pickups as a collaboration between me, their maker, and the ever-growing community of serious musicians who use them. Each and every pickup is designed, hand-made, and tested by myself in my Portland shop—I have many of Portland's finest test and critique my designs before I sell them online. I have continually improved and expanded my designs over the last 12 years as a result of player requests, comments, and critiques. I aim to make the best-sounding and most beautiful acoustic magnetic pickups on the market. I am personally accountable to YOU, and all my pickups come with a 14-day money-back guarantee and full repair or replacement warranty.
Krivo Pickups have been featured in:
Acoustic Guitar Magazine:
Just Jazz Guitar Magazine: May 2014:
Here’s what top publications are saying about Krivo hand-made pickups:
“Marvelous pickups, not only wonderful for playing Gypsy jazz, but for any player looking for a good magnetic pickup for an acoustic guitar”— Acoustic Guitar Magazine, April 2016.
“All in all, these pickups are a great product at a great price and are highly recommended” —Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, May 2014.
The Krivo Difference.
Unlike most magnetic pickups on the market today, Krivo pickups are specifically designed and voiced for their particular acoustic instruments—they are not simply modified off-the-shelf designs from electric guitar and bass! Each design is player-tested and approved before being offered as a bona fide model. Here are some of Krivo’s innovative features:
Krivo pickups use neodymium magnets for high output, clarity, and tight bass response. Because neodymium magnets are extremely strong, I am able to make pickups which are very small and thin and thus are able to fit in tight-quarters and on hard-to-fit instruments.
My proprietary Optimized Microphonics™* enables my pickups to sense sound and finger board vibrations in addition to the vibrations of the strings. This enables my designs to provide a much more natural “acoustic” tonal pallette than typical magnetic pickups whilst retaining a very high degree of feedback resistance.
All my pickups use audiophile-grade Mogami™ cable inside and out as well as the highest quality Switchcraft (guitar pickups), or Mojotone™ (upright bass pickups) connectors.
I use vintage-spec 44 AWG Formvar magnet wire rather than the thicker (and significantly cheaper) single polynylon 42-43 gauge wireused by most big overseas companies. The thinner gauge enables more compact designs as well as, I believe, contributes to the tonal clarity by keeping more of the windings closer to the magnets.
“Scatter” winding and mismatched coils: Like many renowned pickup-makers, I scatter-wind and slightly mis-match the coils on all my humbuckers. This enables my pickups to recapture the high-end “air” that is cancelled-out and lost in traditional humbuckers. Scatterwinding also keeps my pickups from sounding “sterile.”