pickup for rubber strings?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Slap_embrutex, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Slap_embrutex


    May 25, 2005
    hi, i´m thinking to build an ashbory like bass with rubber strings, but i´m doubing in what kind of pickup use (no dealer for original parts). i´m spanish and at my local music store they have a small stock, my options are:
    -under saddle transducer for guitar
    -twin disc transducer for double bass
    -multipurposal single disc transducer
    i don´t wanna spend much money in it so all this pickups are under 50$ and i´m going to use a homemade piezo buffer.
    by the way, wood or metal bridge?
  2. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I would use the 2-disc bass pickup with a wooden bridge.
  3. RaTTeR

    RaTTeR Don't forget your towel!

    Dec 25, 2005
    Riverside, Ca
  4. jburtonca


    Nov 25, 2000
    Ottawa, Canada
  5. Road_Toad


    Jul 7, 2005
    The twin disc piezos have much better output compared to an undersaddle unit. I use the K&K Sound pure bass and get a great woody sound, but I haven't gone with the solid body design yet. I do an ebony bridge & saddle with the 2 piezo discs mounted directly under the saddle- one disc for each string pair. Here's mine:

  6. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    +1 for the twin piezos. I used the K&K bassmax, the most powerful DB piezo pickup I know. In 3 years (until lost :( ) I never managed to add the preamp in the chain, the sound was plenty strong without preamp.