Retrofitting in a piezo bridge

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by akuma12, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. akuma12


    Aug 25, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    Hi All,

    This is mostly a curiosity question, but I was wondering what is needed to add piezo pickups to an active bass. I have a 6 string that I've considered adding piezos to to enhance the sound of the instrument, and was wondering what steps I'd have to go through to add it. It has the ABM single string bridges on it, and I've seen that DiMarzio has those with piezos installed on it. How difficult is the wiring, and how much would this run me, approximately? Thanks for the assistance :)

  2. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I would like to know this also, so bump!

    I've seen the piezo bridges you can buy, do they all need a preamp? Does it have to be a special piezo preamp or will any OBP work?
  3. Tim__x


    Aug 13, 2002
    Alberta, Canada
    They need a preamp with a high input impedance, and they need to be buffered seperatly in order to be blended with magnetic pickups. Bartolini, among others, makes an onboard preamp module for piezos.