I have a desire to build a CBG using a licence plate and a piezo pickup. Should the pickup be in contact with the plate, similar to my cigar box builds? Or could I recess it into the neck?

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I built mine with a piezo rod and placed it under the bridge. I'd certainly recommend having it touching the plate if possible.

Did you recess the rod into the bridge or simply mounted it onto the plate internally?

Since I ended up with the bridge spanning over the characters on the plate rather than a flat surface, the rod is imbedded between the bridge and saddle. Getting ready for another build soon using a pie tin for a resonator, hoping to have the piezo directly touching the metal on that one.

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