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    Default Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    First of all,

    Sorry for all the threads I'm making. My last thought before I fell asleep last night, was "I should collect all my questions and topics into one big thread instead".

    but,

    I see these "piezo disc" pickups, one or two, usually with a mini jack plug at the end.

    Designed to be put on top of an acoustic guitar /mandolin /ukulele-

    Some are more expensive than others.

    But I wonder if I could get a good result, by mounting them inside my Wildkat , inside of the lid-
    with a volume pot or switch, and then solder to jack. (or use the included mini jack connection, for a outboard preamp setup).



    Anyone tried this?

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I could put the discs on top of the lid aswell-

    But the guitar would look like it was doing an EKG.
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    Those discs are designed to be mounted inside the guitar. Not outside. I'm a K&K dealer and they sound great. I'm not sure I can visualize what you're saying because I'm not sure what a Wildkat is. Lid? Got a pic or link?

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    A wildkat... is something like a hollowbody Les paul, with a "wood block" between lid and back, where the bridge is.

    With F-holes... I can't figure out how to post a picture.
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I think it's an interesting idea, though you would need to put an additional hole in the guitar for the output, or have a cable hanging out one of the F holes. If I did it. I think it sounds like an interesting way to get a more acoustic type tone without buying an acoustic.

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Those discs are designed to be mounted inside the guitar. Not outside. I'm a K&K dealer and they sound great. I'm not sure I can visualize what you're saying because I'm not sure what a Wildkat is. Lid? Got a pic or link?
    Standard Semi-Hollowbody construction, usually with P90s.

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    It has been done. But it requires considerable experimentation as to placement of the pickup(s) for best sound. That is difficult to do with a Wildkat, you'd have to remove the pickups and work through them and the F-holes.

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I wouldn't mind a cable hanging out of the F-holes...

    if i would get a cool sound, that is
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I use one to amplify...get this...a 22 string nylon string Celtic harp. It works well. I don't know what kind of sound you could expect inside an F hole. Maybe it might be ok if it is going to an acoustic amp, but probably is no substitute for something like a piezo pickup system. You would also have to process it separately- I use compression and reverb.
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I would just get a piezo saddle bridge replacement and use a stereo jack to split the signal. An archtop with a center block isn't that 'acoustic'. If it were fully hollow I might consider a body mounted pickup or mic.
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erlend_G View Post
    A wildkat... is something like a hollowbody Les paul, with a "wood block" between lid and back, where the bridge is.

    With F-holes... I can't figure out how to post a picture.
    Sorry man. It took me a minute to figure out that maybe English isn't your 1st language. And the "lid" is the top half of an arch-top guitar.

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    ^^ OK thanks

    If I can find a really cheap "piezo disc" pickup, for let's say 5-10USD, and not a pro model, for 10x the price-

    I'll try to mount it in every possible way, and post back on the results.

    A piezo bridge replacement is just way too expensive, atleast the options I've found.

    thanks

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I think I paid $20US for mine, and it sticks there with some kind of putty.
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erlend_G View Post
    If I can find a really cheap "piezo disc" pickup, for let's say 5-10USD, and not a pro model, for 10x the price-
    I've done business with these folks many times with no problems. http://www.suntekstore.com/goods-150..._mandolin.html

    Select the "Electronics" catagory at the top, and then type "piezo" in the search box. Tons of cheap piezo choices.

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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    Thank you very much ArtieToo!
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    Default Re: Piezo disc pickups (for acoustics) inside archtop electric?

    I'll make a setup-

    With one, or two piezo discs, inside the arched top.

    A "mini jack" plug, on the top of the guitar, with a thin cable, going to a cheap mixer-

    blended with the output jack/ magnetic pickups-

    And try how it sounds!

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