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Fingerboard transducer placement

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by Stephandeleuran, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. Stephandeleuran


    Jan 31, 2018
    Hi. I bought the kk fingerboard transducer for my slap. Where did you put yours? Would love pictures. And is the volume Low? I am running it without preamp. Havent testet live yet. Only my Home amp on 120 w
  2. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    There's a few threads on this I think if you search. I've got the k&k fb pickup on both my basses, one with the kk wing and the other with the copper realist. I shuffle the dual preamp to whatever bass I'm using. Both basses are pretty different volume setting wise, but on both I have the fb pickup very low. I can't imagine not having the preamp honestly.

    Both my basses have the fb pickup right by the fb/neck joint. I played around with it quite a bit but liked it best there for both.
  3. Stephandeleuran


    Jan 31, 2018
    thanks. Do you have a picture of the Dual with your piezos plugged in? It sounds like a lot of wires in my head so i Would love to see
  4. bassburner

    bassburner Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Same here.
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  5. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    You can tap-tune your fingerboard pickup placement based on the best sound your fingerboard makes when you tap it. I've found my best pickup location under the fingerboard is a few inches below the neck joint area.

    I've placed my fingerboard pickup within a velcro sandwich that runs the length of the freestanding part of the fingerboard so I can easily move it. I'm using a Vic's Model C, and both pickups are double-piezo pickups, so they are extremely sensitive, as such the velcro causes no perceivable muting. Other pickups may not work so well with this.

    I'm using a K&K Dual Channel Pro ST pre-amp, primarily for blending the two pickup signals into a mono outbound signal which I split into two available mono output sockets. It also includes EQ and gain control inside the box. This pre-amp is discretely mounted on the back of my stiff-leather bow quiver.where I can easily reach the volume/blending knobs.

    I also have a Sennheiser e604 mic mounted on my bass for more volume-sensitive situations. And I use wireless for any connections so there are normally no cables attached to the bass at any time (although I carry a cable just in case).

    I've used all of these on stage. I prefer to use the e604 mic into an FOH whenever possible because it reproduces acoustic tone more nicely, but if I'm playing with other amplified instruments I'll often use the pickup system at least for a personal monitor, and possibly also for the FOH to blend with my mic signal.

    I have a number of pickup, mic and pre-amp pics in my Alcoa media library which is available for members to view. Rather than waste bandwidth with lots of pics here, feel free to peruse there and if you have any questions bring them up here. I don't have pics of my fingerboard pickup under the fingerboard because it's pretty hard to get a camera underneath there and see anything recognizable inside the velcro sandwich.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2020
  6. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    Top is my Eastman, bottom is the Kay
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  7. Stephandeleuran


    Jan 31, 2018
    Thanks man. Bought the Dual preamp and put Both pickups Through. It’s perfect
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