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Two PUPs one Piezo - rewire questions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by chuck1073, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. chuck1073

    chuck1073 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    Preston, CT
    Just picked up a fretless 6-string whos preamp has been deactivated. Previous owners felt it was too noisy. Opening up the contraol cavity the pre looks like a real cheapie...plus there's no obvious was to hook it back up to evaluate it myself.
    Anyway, the upshot is that both soapbar pups and a piezo under the bridge have been wired straight to the jack. I'd love to simply wire the whole thing passive V-V-V-T but...I know piezos typically don't sound like much without a buffer pre.

    Any suggestions from the experts?
  2. Bartolini makes a really nice system, but if it has cheapie electronics, is this an instrument that you'd want to invest more $?
  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Bump - Chuck, what did you wind up doing with this one?
  4. chuck1073

    chuck1073 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    Preston, CT
    Disconnected the piezo and installed a new pre.

    Sounds great. Thinking though of going to better pups down the road.

    BTW - That's the bass in my avatar.

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