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piezo only solid body bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by dlmarquez, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. I am planning on building a solid body piezo only bass.
    I am not sure but I am leaning towards either an RMC pickup or a Rick Turner pickup
    I'd appreciate any thoughts or experiences if anyone has gone this route?
  2. tercesyrev

    tercesyrev Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    for what its worth I've spoken to a few luthiers who swear by RMCs. I haven't heard the bass pups but the acoustic guitar piezos are phenominal
  3. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    Solid bridge (ala Renaissance or Rob Allen) or standard metal with individual saddles?

    Rob uses a fishman.
    Turner is sweet.

    Also check out the super cool Schertler Bluestick. Its actually a tiny condenser element that sits under the bridge. John Shuker has used them in his cool Artist basses.

    Still plotting on how to apply one and the new filter preamp from John East and ACG.

    For your piezo pleasure:

    My latest from Tom Clement

  4. Skelf


    Apr 15, 2005
    Moffat D&G Scotland
    Builder AC Guitars.
  5. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    I've only used the RMC's and if you want to do midi they might be the way to go. The owner uses them with a V-bass but the direct piezo sound was fantastic when testing it. I have them on the top 6 strings of my Warrguitar and they trigger like nothing else.
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass

    Damn that is one pretty bass. :bag: :D
  7. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
    I don't think I've ever seen a piezo only bass before. Very cool.

    Is there a place with sound samples of such a beast?
  8. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Line6 Variax basses have only piezo pickups:


    I actually had a magnetic passive pickup installed in one of mine (right; stock on left), just in case I was ever without batteries or the power supply.
  9. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Zeta made them back in 90's

  10. honestjohnny


    Nov 24, 2006
    Resurrection!! Hallelujah!!

    Would some of you who have a solid-body piezo-only (or the ability to select piezo-only) bass comment on the QUALITY of the tone? Does it really sound acoustic or just different than a mag?

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