i actually got this idea from crocbite so he gets any credit due but wanted to share with others
i found a new way to mount piezo rods without having to have direct string pressure. i know some of you may already know this but i for one was struggling with finding a way to mount the rods that allowed me to use a much simpler bridge set up. a photo of one of crocbite's guitars gave me the idea of mounting the rod between the neck and lid of the box. the rod is inset in a channel i route on the neck between where the strings attach to the neck/box and the location of the bridge. the channel is only deep enough to seat the rod yet still have it proud enough of the neck that when you close the box lid it sits directly on the rod. then when you string up the guitar the pressure from the bridge on to the lid is transmitted to the piezo rod
before doing this i would have to route out a channel in the bridge for the rod to sit in and also a hole in the lid of the box and make sure everything lined up properly and that the saddle (brass rod is what i normally use) sat evenly on the piezo.
anyways here is a picture of what i came up with. hope this helps somebody
heres a pic of the box closed and strung up
wow thats a cool new way...but think i`ll stick to using them in bridges....Thats 1/2 my biz....lol
haha yeah well your bridges are like little works of art, mine, not so much!
I have to try this. I like making rod bridges but I'm by no means an expert
I have drilled a 1/8' hole down the centre of a brass rod and it worked well. I didn't shorten the rod to suit a 3 stringer.
That is a creative solution. You get good output from the pickup with this technique?
I have not had a great lot of experience with rod piezo but I think it was better than a disc. Next time I am going to use a cable piezo in the rod. The hole was very easy to drill with a battery hand drill.