1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TalkBass iphone/android app is NOT WORKING currently. We're working on it. Tapatalk IS working, so if you need to use an app, use Tapatalk. Try using your browser though - TalkBass is now 100% responsive to your phone/tablet screen size ;)

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

What basses have piezo bridges as an option?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hamlet7768, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm just idly curious. I know MusicMan has them available, as does ESH. Searching through both the forums and google kept getting me bridges alone.
  2. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2000
    Likes Received:
    5
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yamaha TRB5P-II has a piezo bridge.
  4. MysticMichael

    MysticMichael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yes, indeed. My fretless Bromberg 5 has the GraphTech Ghost system installed, and let me tell you, for that particular instrument it is a thing of wonder. Combined with the output of the magnetic pickups, it provides a range of tones & timbres that are most musical - and most impressive. I love it! :cool:

    MM
  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    ZON basses can be had with an RMCs system that utilizes a Polyfusion preamp, IIRC.
  6. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just looked through the build-a-bass thing for Carvin's B40 and SB4000. Are the piezos only available for certain lines?
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bromberg, Icon, LB, XB, Brunel.
  8. ArvindJayaram

    ArvindJayaram

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    Spector Artcores have them. More for an acoustic type sound, I guess.

    - Jimmy Rage
  9. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    I see, thanks!
  10. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Godin A4 has a piezo bridge and it can be had with a magnetic pickup too as an option. Kinda the converse of what you asked about!

    Ken
  11. kjpollo

    kjpollo Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Rob Kelly does them and many of the custom builders will install them too. I know Tom Clement has done a bunch.
  12. Immigrant

    Immigrant Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Likes Received:
    8
    Hipshot makes a piezo version of their "A" bridge. I have two basses with As on 'em already and it's hard not to think about a swap and re-wire.
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    Rick Turner uses the Hipshot with piezos (his own, I presume) on his Electroline series.
  14. zackthompson

    zackthompson Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm not sure if it's in the bridge, but I know you can get a EBMM Stingray with a piezo.
  15. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Spectorcore bass is one of the best sounding piezo/humbucker basses I've played and they're relatively inexpensive used (frequently under $500). I didn't like the fretless version but loved the fretted 5 string.
  16. Wallace320

    Wallace320

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    +1

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  17. drTSTingray

    drTSTingray

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    Musicman offer piezos on several models ( I think only on single pick up versions of the Stingray, Stingray 5). Piezo's in the bridge saddles.

    The Bongo 4 and 5 can be had with them in various pick up patterns - I have a 5HHp and the piezo adds a great alternative sound. As it's mixable with the magnetic pick ups it's very versatile - basically zero to full.

    I also heard a Stingray fretless demo'd by a pro artist - from an audience point of view it added a nice amount of string sound to the sound so sounded a bot more acoustic. Once again, it's a mixable sound on the Ray via an extra pot.
  18. tjclem

    tjclem

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2004
    Likes Received:
    0
    Disclosures:
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    You will have to do some additional routing for the piezo wires that run from each saddle.
  19. Immigrant

    Immigrant Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Likes Received:
    8
    Of course! Sorry I failed to provide that in my earlier post, but I also would be leaving installation up to a pro. I'm afraid of this bass. I nearly had a panic attack during the first string swap. When I replaced the existing Audere with a different Audere, I suddenly questioned the capability of the repair guy I've taken basses to for years.

    I still do setups (rarely needed) and string replacements, re-glued the nut once... But I'm scared to do anything beyond that to this bass.

    Polar opposite feelings than you've experienced, huh? ;) (I've seen your work- nice!)
  20. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wow, that bass looks really cool! Is it like, say, an ES-335 with a center block and hollow wings?

Share This Page