Piezo bridges

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Geoff St. Germaine, Sep 21, 2001.

  1. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Aug 31, 2001
    Halifax, Canada
    Owner - St. Germaine Guitars
    What is the advantage of having a piezo pickup in the bridge of a bass? What kind of sound do the piezos make? I am ordering a new bass and piezo is an option, but I don't know if it is worth it. Any help, feedback is appreciated.

  2. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Piezo pickups are pickups that pick up the sound of the string from direct contact using piezo crystals under the bridge. They are supposed to make a guitar or bass sound more "acoustic" - acoustic-electrics guitars generally use piezo pickups. The tone is generally brighter and has more clarity, but you get more string noise so you will need better technique. You can mix the piezo pickups with sound from your magnetic pickups for a nice tone.

    A simple explanation of pickups get be found here:

  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    IMHO piezos are much more useful for fretlesses than fretteds, but it can add an additional dimension to your tone. On fretteds, the additional dimension is likely to be fret and finger noise, unless you have exemplary technique.
  4. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass Guest

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    for that reason exactly, i wish i had piezo's for tapping on a fretted bass.... it'd add high end clairty for playing, then pan over to super-piezo for tapping..
  5. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    i actually have piezos under the saddles in my fretless carvin 5. and they allow me to play what sounds almost exactly like a double bass (ive played amplified double bass for 6 years so i would know) mind you ive got flatwounds on it too.