Stingray5 - Piezo or No Piezo?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by optikill, Aug 8, 2003.

Would you get the Piezo Bridge?

Poll closed Oct 7, 2003.
  1. Oh Yeah!

    21 vote(s)
  2. No Thanks........

    2 vote(s)
  3. I don't care........

    6 vote(s)
  1. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    Well, I think I have pretty much decided to get a Stingray 5. I had the intentions of spending considerably more, but I think that I want to buy a new head and cab in the coming months so I'm going to go this route. Besides, I've always loved the sounds that you can get out of them. I'm a huge chili pepers fan so... it's only logical - or at least I think.

    My question is: Should I get the Stingray 5 with Piezo bridge or not? I don't mind spending a little more for a few more tonal possibilites. I've searched around here and the one post I found on it the guy initially loved it, but parted ways because the soldering job on the bridge wasn't very good. I was looking for opinions from people who have played both - both long term and short term impressions.

  2. RAM

    RAM Guest

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    IMO, few fretted basses sound good with the piezo option, though many fretless basses benefit significantly.

    I'd personally opt out of that.
  3. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I own three stingray 5's, none of them with piezo's. I think they sound a bit harsh and not at all useful for what the "stingray tone" is famous for. Piezo's would be useful for fretless, but for fretted I didn't care for them much.

    Look at it this way, if the price isn't much more get the piezo's and you can always turn them off if you don't like them.
  4. fcoda

    fcoda Guest

    Jan 23, 2002
    I have had my SR5 with piezo for over a year and have had zero problems with it. I was able to A/B the two at the time I made the purchase and with the piezo the SR5 will give you more tonal choices . IMO well worth the extra money.
  5. Masamax

    Masamax Guest

    Jun 11, 2003
    Edmonton AB, Canada
    I would HIGHLY recommend the piezo. With the piezo and the right amp you can get a LOT of tonal varieties out of it. The piezo on full blast certainly doesn't sound the best, although I like it, but what it really helps with is giving the instrument more thump for when you need it. One of the bigger complaints people have with SRs is that they lack the thump of other basses (precision specifically) and although they aren't SUPPOSED TO, the piezo really allows you to get some wicked thump and bass in.
  6. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Honestly, I've wonder what the hell the piezo bridge really IS, & have NO clue or what it's function is... That said, I went with I dont' care.
  7. Masamax

    Masamax Guest

    Jun 11, 2003
    Edmonton AB, Canada
    piezo bridge is another pickup built inside the bridge that uses crystals and not magnets to pickup the sound signal. It has a distinct sound that is very warm and bassy (at least IMO).
  8. I never thought of this. I recently bought an Ibanez EDA905F, which has piezos, and they really add so much to this particular bass' sound. Without them, the bass would be a little too dark, but, mixed at about 60/40 or so (magnetic/piezo) they add just the right amount of percussion and openness to the sound. The piezos by themselves do sound warm, but, if you go past a certain point on the piezo treble control, they tend to get harsh quickly and hurt your ears.

    Remember, this is a fretless we're talking about.

    As Eric M. said, order them, and if you really don't like their sound, just turm 'em down.

    I' ve never heard them on an Ernie Ball bass.

    Good luck.

  9. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    has anyone used them on a fretted 5 string? I just want to know if I should get this option or not, but I don't want it to take away from the "original MM Sound".

    Also do you think my this bass is a good choice for someone who plays a lot of chili peppers, stone temple pilots, aerosmith, mudvayne, godsmack etc etc.... I like the metal/hard rock/funk stuff....

    (we'll talk about amp selection in a different thread) :bassist: :D
  10. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    a little bumpage.....

    Am I pursuing the wrong bass or is there another (nonfender) I should be checking out?
  11. oddio

    oddio Guest

    I do know that Dave Larue does recommend them on MM basses to folks who are doing a lot of chord work. Apparently they sound great for that.
  12. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again??

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    After I bought my Conklin hollowbody with a piezo bridge I'll never own another bass without them!!

  13. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    that good eh?

    what about my question pertaining to the musicman and the type of music i play?
  14. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    If you have the money, i don't see why not. I didn't get it since it was a several hundred dollar upcharge, and for me it was either the burst finish or the peizo bridge and well-i was dead set on my first American made bass was either gonna be a burst finish. I ended up w/Cherry Sunburst. Now, i could see times where having a more thumpy/acoustic tone would be nice as for marching band there's 1 song where the director decided it wasn't worth hauling out the upright for me to play for just 38 bars vs. 200 and some odd bars on bass guitar. I'll end this now so i don't ramble on for much longer, if you have the money get it; like what has been said, if you don't like it, you can just turn them off/down. That's all
  15. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    i was just concerned about reliability issues. What's the likelyhood it's gonnna break?
  16. Masamax

    Masamax Guest

    Jun 11, 2003
    Edmonton AB, Canada
    It's made by Ernie Ball, so I'd say the chances are less then with anything you would get from Fender. BTW, my piezo is on a SR5 (maple neck) and it sounds fantastic.

    I turn it off when I need some punch, but when I want some warmer and smoother sounds I bring the piezo in at 50/50 ussually and it really makes the bass sound very different.
  17. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    I'm still going to get that original MM sound even with the piezo bridge - right? as long as the piezo is turned all of the way down....
  18. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    So go for it!!!!!
  19. Masamax

    Masamax Guest

    Jun 11, 2003
    Edmonton AB, Canada
    Yes. It will sound exactly the same when it's turned down. I only use it when I need it, but when I need it I sure am glad it's there.
  20. optikill

    optikill Guest

    Aug 1, 2003
    will i have a problem as far as ease of slapping with a 5 string?