Should I add a bridge pickup or piezo bridge?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by rwagne2, Aug 3, 2001.

  1. rwagne2


    Aug 2, 2001
    I have a fretless G&L L-1000, and am looking to 'invigorate' my sound somewhat. I've narrowed my choices down to either adding a passive j style pickup in the bridge position, or to using a bridge equipped with piezo elements. I want to minimize 'intrusion' into the existing sound of the bass (Which is killer, IMHO) whilst adding new sounds to the 'sonic palette.'

    As I see it, there are drawbacks to both procedures:

    Adding a j-pickup will require routing, which means that the change will be permanent.

    Adding a piezo bridge will introduce the need to have a battery and an active preamp for at least the piezo, thereby complicating the electronics of the bass.

    So as far as difficulties are concerned, I'd say that they are both equal in my book. So it falls down to - Which modification will present me with better, more usable tone combinations? Comments anyone?

  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    If you want to sell it at some point the piezo option can be reversed.