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Piezo pickups

All ideas to make piezoelectric

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Bass Uke set up?

Started by Tom Lauten on Friday. 0 Replies

Hi everyone.I'm building a bass ukelele (the kind with rubber strings). I have chosen a rod piezo under the saddle. I want to add a a Tillman preamp plus a tone and volume pot set up to get the most…Continue

Tuneable water bottle bongo

Started by C Cook. Last reply by Wade Nov 11. 2 Replies

Hey guys, Looking at stuff on YouTube the other day I saw where they were making Bongo's using those five gallon water bottles. One guy was wishing he could tune his so I think I came up with an…Continue

Cable Piezo

Started by micky rooney Feb 10. 0 Replies

Hullo All.I was wondering if anyone has tried the soft flexible cable version of the piezo pickup and if so.what sort of results they've had? I've used the rod piezo and I'm really pleased with the…Continue

Piezo rezo

Started by Bert the Welder. Last reply by nailtown slim Dec 16, 2013. 7 Replies

Just thinking out loud here.......The idea of gluing a piezo inside a tuna can, or the like, and then mounting the tuna can under the bridge, open side up. Thinking being; the can will capture the…Continue

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Comment by PhilUSAFRet on Friday

Anyone try these bar type pickups?  Seems like they would be great for kalimbas.

Comment by micky rooney on May 27, 2014 at 2:30pm

Hullo One and All.I've recently finished a one string diddly bow that has a rod piezo located in the bridge with a bone saddle.The volume and sound are great but if I turn the volume any higher than 2 on my amp,i'm getting a lot of screaming feedback.Is there any way I can eliminate or supress this?.....

Comment by Wichita Sam on May 5, 2014 at 10:28pm

Bear, thanks for the feedback...

Comment by Bruce Trappes on May 5, 2014 at 10:28pm

I built Justin Johnson's latest Alabama licence plate guitar.

It has a cut down rod piezo with a PS-900 slider volume & tone control with corian bridge.

He liked the sound so much, he took it back to America with him.

I've pretty much given disk piezos away....very hard to reduce the harshness in them. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

Comment by Ellwood T. Bear on May 5, 2014 at 10:07pm
Sam, I have found out the same as you. I do not place directly to the sound board, but I will take a 1/4" thick scrap and use a Forester bit and drill a hole 1/8" deep and then "HOT" glue the disk piezo to it then I use double sided tape to to attach the scrap to the sound board. NOW the DOUBLE SIDED tape that I use is for Wood (not for paper or crafts), I get mine at Woodcrafter's. It can be a little expensive but WORTH it, it holds really well.

I use the process in not only, CGB Guitars, also Diddle Bows, 1 & 2 string, as well my 12 string Harp (used two wired in series on the harp), and in my Strumblys.

Experiment, have fun!!!!!
Comment by Wichita Sam on May 5, 2014 at 8:48pm

OK gang.... I was reviewing some of my really old YouTube videos... I'm now wondering if simple disc piezos sound better wired straight to the jack without any pots in the line.  I know it sounds a little crazy, but some of the songs recorded on simple CBGs with no volume pots seem to sound clearer/clean that songs recorded on later builds after I started putting volume pots on almost everything for the sake of ease during performance....

Anyone else come to this conclusion, or am I hearing something not really there

Comment by Wichita Sam on March 17, 2014 at 9:33am

jantan, most piezo's can be cut...but rod and disc.  experiment to find best setup.

Comment by Jantan ux on March 17, 2014 at 9:10am

I would like to install piezo for bass. I can only fit in half of the piezo.

Cork under piezo maks it sound lower. What hertz?

What is best parameters? 

Comment by Darren Wolbold on November 1, 2013 at 2:44am

I would go with what cigarbox triplestring said about grounding, bend one leg and solder it to the case of the volume pot also ground from there to the black on the jack plug. You can also open up most guitars and see the same thing which is what I did and made me solder it the same after I had the same issue

Comment by Bruce Trappes on October 31, 2013 at 10:06pm

check to make sure the pos wire goes to the correct terminal on the jack. Common problem & a mistake we've all made at one time or another. Vol control should also have one end tag soldered to the pot metal covering as well as an earth lead that goes to the jack. Think I got all that right.......


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