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Piezo pickups

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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

Piezo location

Started by Jack Noller. Last reply by Bert the Welder Dec 15, 2013. 8 Replies

I would like to know the best Piezo location for the best sound quality and why.  I know there are many different opinions on this subject. I personally like to locate 2 piezo inside the bridge, this…Continue

Compressor for piezo

Started by Wade Aug 2, 2013. 0 Replies

Has anyone experimented with a compression pedal with your piezo pickup? I started playing more fingerstyle and I notice that without the pick the sound is less harsh. I'm thinking maybe a compressor…Continue

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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 Cigarbox Triplestrings 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.......

Comment by PapaSimone on October 31, 2013 at 9:00pm

Hi Nation,

I need help!  I have a grounding buzz on a piezo pickup.  It has volume control and the buzz stops when I touch the jack input.  It is not currently wired to the bridge or tailpiece.  Would that help?  I always seem to have grounding issues.

Please Help!

~Papa Simone

Comment by Mike "Katfish" Karash on January 23, 2013 at 4:23pm

Tried some 20mm (smaller than my usual). No noticeable difference, great sound...

Comment by Ted Crocker on January 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

I've found no real noticeable difference, even with a small piece cut from a disk.  Read more here.

Comment by Kevin M. Kraft on January 21, 2013 at 9:47am

What difference does the size of the piezo disk make in the volume or sound quality? I have read thus far that size doesn't matter much at all. True?

Comment by Michael Recchione on January 12, 2013 at 5:18pm

I just finished my first CBG build, with two piezo disks harvested from Radio Shack buzzers and mounted, respectively, under the sound board near the bass side of the bridge, and at the midpoint of the part of the neck inside the box.  I used hot glue to mount them.  I was worried that the sound would be too harsh and tinny, but the opposite was actually true - it was bassier than I expected, and I have to compensate at the amp to make the sound brighter. 

I've wired up passive tone controls, that essentially shunt high frequencies to ground through a pot - basically low-pass filters.  I was thinking of using a selector switch on the next build, that would let me choose between that same sort of RC network going to ring (ground) or to tip (to make it a high-pass filter).  Has anyone done anything like that, and if so, how did it work out?

Comment by Chris on December 16, 2012 at 3:55pm

Stereo jack is fine, just wire it up as usual and don't use the third terminal.  Look online for a diagram that shows the difference between the two

 

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