Why piezo on electric bass is so underrated?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gigetto, Sep 26, 2021.


  1. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    I've two basses wit magnetic and piezo. Personally piezo is a beautiful add-on for more punchy sound. Why is not commonly used?

    Famous basses with piezo for example, Yamaha TRBP, Music Man Bongo...and many more.
     
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  2. Because no one knows how to pronounce it ;)
     
  3. PrairieThunder13

    PrairieThunder13

    Dec 21, 2015
    Rick turner makes a great piezo. I like his a lot, in fact.
     
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  4. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    I pronounce Piesso
     
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    just like it's written. Pee-A-zo
     
  6. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Too bad Dean didn't use their piezo and the Aphex System in some of their solid-body basses as they did in the older Exotica acoustic basses...even without blending it with a magnetic pickup, so very versatile.
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  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    And too bad Aphex then got bought out and threw away that preamp design. :(
     
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  8. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Yes, one has to wonder why.
     
  9. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Wisconsin
    Peezo?
     
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  10. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Vermont
    I've heard it pronounced pie-zo.

    Pumpkin pie-zo, apple pie-zo, cherry pie-zo.
     
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  11. I love 'em and prefer 'em. There is a closeness and an immediacy for me that I don't experience with most magnetic pickups. Yes, Rick Turner is quite the piezo guru and the Fishman that Rob Allen typically uses in his "Mouse" short scales is warm, deep and rich.

    Plus nothing looks better than the purity of a bass with no annoying pickups in sight. I love the clean look:

    Here are a few of mine:

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  12. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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    Hell, where I come from, me and my kin say pie-zo.
    I mean, this ain't no Italy or France, this is the good old USA, boy!
     
  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    :drool:ing all over myself here!
     
  14. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    I had a Rob Allen MB-2 with a Pee-zo (!) and it sounded great. I'd have one on a P or J bass, if they were an option.
     
  15. OptimalOptimus

    OptimalOptimus

    Jan 4, 2019
    Canada
    I had a few basses with Piezo. Carvin had an option for those.

    on fretless basses it was amazing but on fretted it was more of a spices.

    only piezo on a fretted bass sounded a little hollow to me, it needed a totally different EQ to sound nice. Again to me
     
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  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, definitely need different EQ to get good sound with piezo on fretted. It is possible, though.
     
  17. turcmic

    turcmic Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    A guitarist I know installed one on his strat in order to get a more « acoustic » feel. It sounded great.

    I had a fretless with a piezo only that I sold 15 years ago. Sounded good but not versatile enough for my taste at the time.

    Fir those who have both magnetic and piezo, how does it sound? Any issue when blending them?
     
  18. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    I built my 5 string fretless with Bart J pickups and a piezo bridge. When blended just right, it sounds like an upright. Very woody and acoustical. Wouldn't seem useful on a fretted IMHO.
     
  19. ETJ

    ETJ

    Aug 27, 2021
    Seattle-ish
    I had a 5 string fretless with both mag and piezo pickups. It sounded nice but I had trouble dealing with both fretless and 5 in the same instrument.

    i sold it to a guitarist who called me an hour later, furious I had sold him an instrument with a severely bowed neck. I told him it was fine when he picked it up (and tested it).
    What did you do after you got it home?

    “well, it was tuned WAY flat so all I did was tune it up”

    he was satisfied when I pointed out the low note was B, not E.
     
  20. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    They did.
    USA Spire and USA John Entwistle.
    Aphex only, not piezo.
    So half of what you mentioned.:)
     
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