home made pick up

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by pdmackie, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. pdmackie


    Feb 8, 2005
    I play bass in a bluegras band and i've always had problems wiht pick ups.
    i've used a shadow and a fishman and i've tried them on the bridge and various places on the body but they have never been satisfactory and after about 4 years the fishman pickups have detached from the metl contact plate.

    our banjo player has suggested a pudding - a speaker wedged under th the tailpiece. he made one for me from a cheap oval speaker and a transformer (total cost £8). i tried it last night for the first time and it produced a more natural and better balanced sound than i ever achieved with the fishman.

    has anyone used this method and if so is there any benefit in using better materials i.e. a decent speaker
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    D'Armond (and old Toledo, OH company) made a pickup quite similar to this in the '50's. I had a chance to play a bass with one of these on it, and it didn't sound half-bad. It did tend to want to feed back, though.
  3. Jazzman


    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    That isn't a pickup, it is a microphone.
  4. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Would you settle for 'contact mic'? I think the Schertler is a similar idea on a micro-scale, no?
  5. JonB


    May 27, 2003
    Dean Markley makes a contact mic I think they call an "accelerometer" or something that attaches to the instrument with putty. I paid about $45 for one new and it works as advertised - good natural sound. Never was able to get it to work well live, though.