Fishman BP-100 Installation

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by rknea, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. rknea


    Jan 16, 2007
    Nampa, Idaho
    I've fought the battle to get a good sound (not nasally or full of finger sound) out of my Fishman when it's installed on the bridge with the clips and couldn't get the sound I was looking for. After looking at the Realistic and others that were mounted under the bridge feet, I decided to experiment and put the BP-100 sensors under the feet as in the picture. Have to admit...the sound is amazing and full and much better than I anticipated. Has anyone else tried this?

    I know the bridge feet aren't level and I plan on putting some cork under them to even them out...but as an initial experiment, I was quite surprised at the quality! IMG_4716.JPG
  2. lurk

    lurk Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    You're gonna damage the table. Not worth it to use that pick up. Try using a drop of super glue to adhere the pick up to the bridge rather than those heavy, muting clips. For $100 that Kna pick up Gollihur sells is pretty nice.
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  3. You'll likely damage the piezo elements either.
    This solution is used on the KYDD electric upright though, where all the surfaces are flat.
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  4. rknea


    Jan 16, 2007
    Nampa, Idaho
    Thanks guys! This was an experiment to see what kind of sound I'd get. I'm seriously leaning towards the David Gage Realist Copperhead.
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  5. Inky13


    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    I had decent results with paper clips.
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  6. Roger Davis

    Roger Davis

    May 24, 2006
    If you’ve got an adjustable bridge the Gage Lifeline is excellent.
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  7. Chris Symer

    Chris Symer

    Dec 13, 2009
    Did you already try mounting the bp100 on the back side (tailpiece side) of the bridge instead of the fingerboard side? In my experience it is a much better location than on the front as the pickup is VERY sensitive to how it’s mounted and really needs a completely flat surface to get the best sound. How tight the clips are also makes a noticeable difference, as well as having a high impedance preamp to go with it.
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  8. birgebass


    Nov 7, 2011
    Fwiw I've seen guys mount the bp100 under the bridge feet and get a good sound. Not sure on what kind of damage it will cause, though. If you are worried about damage to the bass, the copperhead realist will leave an indentation in the top where the piezo disks are. I would try as others have suggested first. Also, I really like the Lifeline pickup.
  9. logdrum

    logdrum A person! Supporting Member

    The shiny side face each other and then use a wood shim, hard rubber or pick to get it in there tight. Completely changes the sound , no quack and less string noise, even OK bowed. Notice the rosin flakes :)
  10. Inky13


    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    Interesting. How do you think it would sound with an element in each bridge wing? Or is there not enough slack?
  11. logdrum

    logdrum A person! Supporting Member

    I tried that too. This was the best one for me so far. On this bass the PO glued it to the back. I tried the binder clip as well as the original clips. Someone here told about this method.
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  12. rknea


    Jan 16, 2007
    Nampa, Idaho
    Well I took the BP-100 off and installed a new Copperhead and OH MY! I'm in love with the sound out of my Kay now!! It's AMAZING!!!
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