What is Piezo?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by grungtertl, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. grungtertl


    Aug 2, 2004
    What is a piezo pickup?
  2. Piezos are basically little crystals that cause an electrical current when moved, they are used in the bridge of the bass and pickup the string vibrations
  3. grungtertl


    Aug 2, 2004
    can they go on any bass? What do they sound like?
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    A few weeks ago, after receiving my new EBMM Bongo with two humbuckers and piezo bridge, I recorded some sound clips trying to show the versatility of this great instrument. There's a very noticeable fret buzz because I hadn't setup my instrument yet, but I think these examples will illustrate you about how a piezo equipped bass sounds (please read the enclosed document first). Here's a link for downloading the clips (it will stop working after one week):


    Hope this helps.
  5. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon Dark Star pickups

    May 13, 2005
    Awhile back, Rick Turner wrote an article about
    piezo's for BP Mag.
    It's worth a read if you really want to know.
    Here's the link:

    RT on Piezo pickups

    Here's another much more in-depth interview
    with Rick which covers a lot of interesting stuff
    both technical and historical including more on piezo pickups.

    Rick Turner Interview
  6. grungtertl


    Aug 2, 2004
    so can you install piezo's on any bass?
  7. grungtertl


    Aug 2, 2004
    Those clips helped alot, thank you!