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Piezo pickups sense the vibration of the string; they are crystals that produce a signal. Two main types you see used with bass guitars are those built into the bridge saddles, and those used for acoustic bass guitar that are either a strip below the saddle or transducers beneath the bridge. Strings made of any material can be used.

 

Magnetic pickups sense the string's movement, and strings must be designed of the proper materials for the best results.

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OK I did it, I resurrected this forum after carefully searching around for more info on this topic (yes, I could've missed something in the 180-plus hits I got, but I didn't have all morning to read everything) and my reasons are selfish:

 

I now have four acoustic-electric basses with piezo bridge saddles, and have come to the conclusion that the right bridge-saddle pickup and electronics make a significant difference. My Cort and Michael Kelly sound better than my Epiplone and Hohner thanks to the Fishman setup, but I understand there are newer alternatives out there to piezos.

 

Sometimes playing too hard tends to give me that annoying piezo squeak (patient says to the doctor "it hurts when I do this..." and the doctor replies replies "then don't do that" :D ) and eventually I'd like to record with some of these instruments. I know about the Feedback Busters and I'm currently modifying one to fit my Kelly for an open jam tomorrow evening. Haven't decided on new strings for that one yet, I'm going to try it out with the bronze ones that came with the bass first.

 

I can testify to the benefit of experimenting with different strings on the instrument. Last week I put a used set of D'Addario Chromes on the Epiplone, and besides being smoother it wound up cutting down on the upper end making the bass sound a little deeper and more like a standup. Ditto with the Cort and LaBella nylon tapewound strings.

 

So I'd really like to know about the alternatives to piezos. I don't want to carve up anything, so I'm looking basically at replacing the under-saddle pickup. I am interested in on-board preamps, but that job I'll leave to an experienced guitar tech with woodworking experience.

 

BTW, I'm selling the Hohner on eBay this weekend. Not that I don't like it, but the other three are more useful to me at the moment and I have way too many instruments to play in my lifetime. End of crass commerical pitch.

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If I can follow your crass commercial pitch with one of my own, check out http://www.urbbob.com/bassteng.html

 

Their location makes all the difference in the world. Personally, I would blend them with the onboard piezo transducer set for the best of both worlds, so you can have the mellow/warmth with an adjustable amount of bite.

 

Check out the Two Channel Preamp at http://www.urbbob.com/preamps.html - it's ideal for the job. There is also a new onboard preamp available, similar to the one shown on the first page to which I referred you, that is a two channel unit. I prefer the outboard units myself.

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