Piezo guys! I need help!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mat b, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. mat b

    mat b

    Dec 21, 2005
    Albuquerque, nm
    I've got a ghost equipped bridge and I was wondering what to do.

    Ok. Anyone used acoustiphonic for bass? I can't find anything! No sound clips, no YouTube, not nothin'!

    How do they sound?

    I'm going one of two ways, acoustiphonic, or piezos to Bart buffer to a passive tone (roll off some of that quack). I've got a nordy fat stack in the bridge, coil tap, active passive switch, piezo/both/mag switch, Bart 3 band, kill switch, Jack... I want a rob Allenish sound from the piezo, any thoughts?
  2. mat b

    mat b

    Dec 21, 2005
    Albuquerque, nm
  3. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I haven't used the Acoustiphonic system, but I do have a piezo-equipped electric bass with a buffer preamp to combine it with magnetic pickups.

    Honestly, with or without something like the Acoustiphonic, I don't think you'll get that much of a Rob Allen tone out of a piezo-equipped solidbody-type bridge on a solidbody bass using roundwound strings. I've played a few Rob Allens (courtesy my friend spade2you), and a big part of the sound is the resonant lightweight chambered body combined with the nylon-wrapped flatwounds that they're designed to use. I think if you really want the Rob Allen sound, you might consider using those strings (along with the piezos).

    That said, I think the Acoustiphonic looks like it might work just as well as the Bart buffer to blend the piezos with the magnetic pickups.

  4. mat b

    mat b

    Dec 21, 2005
    Albuquerque, nm
    I have the Bart buffer, I'm just curious as to what the acoustiphonic sounds like, the guitar stuff is pretty cool, but the bass stuff scares me without being able to hear it...
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    that bart is made for piezos?

    if so, i don't see a night-and-day difference happening with a different buffer. once the initial impedance issue is taken care of (so you don't lose all the low end) the rest is just EQ.
  6. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
  7. mat b

    mat b

    Dec 21, 2005
    Albuquerque, nm

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