Hello everyone, this is my first post here at CBN, although I've read through quite a few threads here.Yesterday I decided to build some surface mount piezos for an archtop I have, the plan being to…Continue
"By the sound of that Aaron, it seems your wiring of the pots is wrong, unless in the very unlikely case of 3 non functional pots. Are you running the pots in series to one jack? Or 3 individual pots in parallel to the jack? Either way, just add 1…"
"I know this is really old, but did you find a solution? I'm running into the same thing. 3 separate piezos that are at a whisper when going through 3 different volume pots.
I've undone everything, and wired all three straight to input…"
"It sounds like something isn't right. Disc piezos generally have really good volume. I'm wondering if there is a cold solder joint or an almost broken wire. It is rod piezos that generally need ampreamp with some gain.
"hey folks thanks for the replys, I assumed (wrongly) that I didnt need a preamp,when using a firewire sound interface, as if that WAS the preamp. I will probably try and build a simple preamp next. These are my first builds, and Im having a fun time…"
"Try a Tillman FET pre-amp. Google it for build instructions. You could either build it into the guitar (requires a 9v battery), or into a separate box, but in any case, blending with mag pickups may be difficult. You may want…"
"The closer to the bridge (where there is more downward pressure and string energy), the louder the piezo will get. Directly under the bridge or saddle would be the best spot.
An archtop bridge is a little different animal. I have an archtop I was…"
"It sounds quite odd as they usually but out quite a health signal and you usually ahve to dampen them abit
hot glue on the disk is good
Is there more than one pick up in there and how did you wire them ?
I guess they could be over…"
"Your issue, most likely, is that to play it properly (e.g., with sufficient volume) through a 40-watt amp ( or most any other amp) you need a pre-amp. You gotta boost that low voltage that a piezo generates just from string vibration bending the…"