Where is The Piezo on This Godin A5?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bachlover, Jan 18, 2014.


  1. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    I just bought this and really like the upright thumpy sound I get from it. I'm a noob as far as piezos go and can't find much on this early pre ultra A5. I've been researching on line a little about piezo pups and assume that the characteristics of the piezo pup is what's giving the thumpy upright sound. Is this what is also causing the output to be so hot? Anyone know where the pup placement would be on this guitar? Thanks.

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  2. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

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    The bridge, under the saddles.
  3. groooooove

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    piezos are always in the bridge.

    i diddnt know godin makes basses... i've got a godin guitar that is absolutely killer for the price.
  4. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    I wasn't in the market for one, but once I heard the tone of this, I had to get it. The more common is the Ultra A5 which allows for a synth hook up and also has a soapbar as well as the piezo. So, the pup is under the bridge in the body of the guitar?
  5. line6man

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    As mentioned, piezo elements are always in the bridge.

    Piezos are not traditional magnetic pickups that can be placed wherever you want them. They are pressure-sensitive elements that must be placed under a vibrating string, and hence, they always go either under bridges, or in the saddles.
  6. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    I thought that they can pick up the vibration from the body by being placed there. This is where I thought the thumpy sound was coming from, more from a body placement then from the strings.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Not really. I mean there is certainly body vibration in there, because the whole system vibrates; but the main thing is the string pressure, and the thump is the fundamental of the notes, plus subharmonics from hitting the strings, that are not as prominent with a typical mag pup.
  8. line6man

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    Some people put piezo elements in the body to get sound effects. For instance, Michael Manring has three in the body, and one under the nut of his Hyperbass, to allow him to tap on the body and make percussive sounds.

    Piezo elements in the body can be used to pick up vibrations, but it won't ever sound as good as when the elements are placed in the saddles.
  9. Fretweld6

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    I have a Godin BG-5 Active and it IS fantastic !

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