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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MrFortuneCookie, Jan 10, 2001.
Do you guys think that it is worth having a piezo on a fretted bass?
Not on a fretted solid body. They're usually too bright. They sound much better on hollow-body instruments.
i like the sound of piezos on my fretted basses - sounds a bit like a classical guitar.
Carvin does. Their new catalog offers piezos as an option on their fretted basses. I'm sure they did some market research to see if there is a demand for such a setup.
I recently bought a MusicMan Sterling (fretted) with the piezo. It adds more lows, but the treble is harsh. I really haven't found much use for the piezo on stage..its been more of a toy to play with at home. Luckily, a pan knob allows me to dial the piezo in/out. I wouldn't count on it to give you that radical revelation that marketing hype typically generates. As for fretted vs frettless, the piezo adds a bit of the character a frettless typically has...smooth whah as it seems to be termed. Don't know that you would necessarily gain anything by adding piezo to a frettless.