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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.

    Jun 5, 2011
    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

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
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  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yamaha TRB5P-II has a piezo bridge.
     
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    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
     
  6. Jeff Scott

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

    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.

    Jun 5, 2011
    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

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Bromberg, Icon, LB, XB, Brunel.
     
  9. 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.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I see, thanks!
     
  11. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    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

    kjpollo

    Mar 17, 2008
    CT
    Rob Kelly does them and many of the custom builders will install them too. I know Tom Clement has done a bunch.
     
  13. 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

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

    zackthompson Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I'm not sure if it's in the bridge, but I know you can get a EBMM Stingray with a piezo.
     
  16. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    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

    Wallace320

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    +1

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  18. 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

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Disclosures:
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    You will have to do some additional routing for the piezo wires that run from each saddle.
     
  20. 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.

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



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