I prefer the rod piezo's over the round disc type piezo for quality sound.
That being said, every type can sound good if they are placed in the right spot and have the right wiring/electronics schematic.
Tone is always subjective to who is actually hearing it too. What one person deems horrible, another one will like it.
I apologize if I asked this previously, couldn't find evidence of it. Getting ready to do my first resonator build. If I use a rod piezo under the bridge in the center of my pie tin, will it actually amplify the reso tone, or simply sound like any other guitar with a rod piezo?
Hi, Undersaddle piezo pickups have a more string-focused sound, and often have the "quack sound" referred to by many guitarists. but will exhibit a different sound on a metal surface.
Disc piezo's on the other hand are more driven by the timber vibrations so have a different tone. Resonator guitar piezo discs are normally attached to the cone in my experience. I would suggest a pre-amp be fitted.
However if there is a video of me playing my reso on here, it has under saddle pick-ups. and sounds fine. I'll see if I can find a photo or a video clip
Hope this helps.
Actually, there are several good rod piezo systems out there for biscuit bridges that are well worth the money? Most people don’t like the idea of cutting into expensive acoustic instruments, but I’ve seen & heard both magnetic & piezo pickups on resonators, sad to say, a microphone actually captures resonators the best?
Forgot to add, yes the resonator sound will be retained with the rod piezo. If you really think about it, the piezo is absorbing all that vibration coming from the cone on one side & the strings on the other? Fishman has some real good resonator pickups, but if you’re looking to spend less for a professional system, K&K has some great resonator pickups? They usually come with a driver circuit integrated within the endpin jack, which is a great feature! Let us know what you end up with? :)
Hi again, I forgot to mention this earlier, but Paul touched on it by saying the player also has an effect on tone. Some areas worth a mention are, the type of material, and thickness of the plectrum, playing with fingers, and the direction/angle that the flat pick hits the strings can have an effect on tone and volume.
Correct, and also the area where the player picks has a bit to do with it too. Picking close to the fretboard gives a darker tone than picking towards the bridge.
Gauge of strings help too.
"Gauge of strings help too."
Stevie Ray Vaughan thought so (13-60 set). Of course, a slinky set of strings would have not held up to his style of playing.
Hi, yes and he also tuned his guitar down, so that may contributed too.
Hi again, Just to add to my comments earlier about Piezo pickups and Timothy’s observation about the quality of the sound they produce, I found this interesting. It is in line with what I was saying about the quality and placement of these pickups.
The better-quality ones are used in Red Dog CBGs.
This is from the JJB website…
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