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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.

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    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

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  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yamaha TRB5P-II has a piezo bridge.
     
  4. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

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    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
     
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  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    ZON basses can be had with an RMCs system that utilizes a Polyfusion preamp, IIRC.
     
  7. Hamlet7768

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

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    I just looked through the build-a-bass thing for Carvin's B40 and SB4000. Are the piezos only available for certain lines?
     
  8. Hobobob

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

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    Bromberg, Icon, LB, XB, Brunel.
     
  9. ArvindJayaram

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    Spector Artcores have them. More for an acoustic type sound, I guess.

    - Jimmy Rage
     
  10. Hamlet7768

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

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    I see, thanks!
     
  11. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

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    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
     
  12. kjpollo

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    Rob Kelly does them and many of the custom builders will install them too. I know Tom Clement has done a bunch.
     
  13. Immigrant

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    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.
     
  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    Rick Turner uses the Hipshot with piezos (his own, I presume) on his Electroline series.
     
  15. zackthompson

    zackthompson Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure if it's in the bridge, but I know you can get a EBMM Stingray with a piezo.
     
  16. GBassNorth

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    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.
     
  17. Wallace320

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    +1

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  18. drTSTingray

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    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.
     
  19. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member

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    You will have to do some additional routing for the piezo wires that run from each saddle.
     
  20. Immigrant

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    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!)
     
  21. Hamlet7768

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

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    Wow, that bass looks really cool! Is it like, say, an ES-335 with a center block and hollow wings?
     

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