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Quiet piezo's

Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan May 18. 16 Replies

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

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darryl kernaghan replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
May 18
Aaron Wood replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"*would like ... and *through the volume pots.."
May 18
Aaron Wood replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
May 18
EzMac replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"that will be my next test. thanks."
Apr 19, 2013
Darren Wolbold replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"Have you tried  de soldering the volume and testing the signal from just one of piezos ? I would do this in this situation"
Apr 19, 2013
EzMac replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"the wire isnt really thick at all, its just the rubber insulation, they are pedal to pedal cords..."
Apr 18, 2013
Medicine Man CBG's-Mikel Doktor replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"That wire doesn't look right. What guage is it. It seems way too thick. The right guage and material  makes a difference."
Apr 18, 2013
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Apr 17, 2013
David McQueen replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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. When soldering,…"
Apr 16, 2013
EzMac replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
Apr 16, 2013
Brian Dechant replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
Apr 16, 2013
Skeesix replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
Apr 16, 2013
Darren Wolbold replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
Apr 15, 2013
Ron "Oily" Sprague replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"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…"
Apr 14, 2013
t-belly johnson replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"A rod piezo is the way forward.I`ve used them alongside single coil pickups with volume and tone pots to good effect.No issues with volume but I would certainly copper foil insulate."
Apr 14, 2013
darren brown replied to EzMac's discussion Quiet piezo's
"a disk piezo noisey i find ,maybe a rod piezo under the saddle be the way to go ."
Apr 14, 2013

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