1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

Consistent distortion from a piezo

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jgregpegleg, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. I hope this is the appropriate forum to file this under. As long as I have played, I should be more savvy about electronics.

    I have a Godin A4, fretless, with a piezo bridge p/u. I love the sound of the bass, but it has some problems that I cannot troubleshoot.

    There are some spots on the bass that produce distortion and not typical fretless buzz. The open A when played slightly hard produces distortion in any cab I play it through. Same with a G on the E and a B/C on the A. I can play the low open E hard as possible without distortion as well as other open strings and lower and higher notes all over the bass.

    The bass is about twice as loud as my ernie ball musicman. I do some percussive playing and the Godin clips the speakers. I do not play very loud, but do play from very soft to very hard. I have some K and K transducers I have been messing around with on the bass, but have yet to see if the distortion problems happen with them.

    I am in the early stages of solving this but thought to put this out in this learned forum to see if there is any experience or ideas out there.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. I suspect this may be caused by the kind/type/uneven contact of the bridge onto the piezo transducer, but I have little experience here. Others (I hope) will know more than I.
  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    You might want to get you fingerboard checked out to make sure there are no humps in it. I have the original Godin Acoustibass fretless and have had to dress the fingerboard twice in the last six years or so to deal with small humps that developed.

    BTW, have you tried TI flats? I really much prefer them over the Chromes. But it's a question of personal preference I guess. Worth a shot if you haven't tried them though.
  4. bigd4207


    Apr 28, 2006
    In the clouds
    I have peizo's - monorail system, one of my strings distorted bad. I took apart the strings bridge and the ground wasn't conducting right. It was touching but I guess not good enough. I just put a little exposed wire on the end and viola, you might check your grounds. 9 times out of ten when a bass distorts it's something in the grounding.
  5. Thanks so very much for the initial ideas for this.
  6. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Jan 15, 2021

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.