September 11th, 2008, 08:53 AM
I'm thinking about a piezo bridge for one of my Teles.
I have looked at the Fishman VT Powerbridge with the Powerchip Preamp.
Also looking at the Ghost Prewired Saddle Pickup Set with the Acousti-Phonic Onboard Preamp.
Anybody have any experience, thoughts or info on either of these?
Any other suggestions?
September 14th, 2008, 12:13 AM
I've got a Nashville power tele with the fishman powerbridge & powerchip in it..... I'm loving the sound onstage - you can hear the solid body, but in a good way IMO... it's great not having to cart an acoustic to gigs anymore (for the 1-2 songs I'd use it for).
My only complaint with it is that there was no switch for switching between the piezo & pickup sound (roll out one volume pot while rolling the other in got old real quick!) but the powerchip manual very kindly shows you exactly how to wire this in - I actually use this guitar a lot more now I've done the mod (gonna start looking for a classic 50's neck for it now, I'm not a fan of the factory neck)
September 14th, 2008, 09:42 AM
Thanks for info Capel.
I'm not entirely sure how these pickup systems work. Do you think the body itself colors the sound of the Fishman or is it just the sound of the strings over the bridge that generates the acoustic tones?
September 14th, 2008, 07:23 PM
The body does add to the sound a bit - the tele sounds "solider" than my Guild acoustic that has a Fishman Matrix pickup, but its still recognizable as an "acoustic" piezo pickup sound
September 16th, 2008, 08:24 PM
I use a Graph Tech/ Mike Christian system in a Tele, and it works very well. I have the tone pot wired as the master volume, and don't mind that route, as I usually use a little bit of neck pickup blended with the acoustic saddles to fatten it up a bit. I just turn up the volume a bit on the piezo's, and switch the selector up to the neck position. I've been using this for more than 10 years, so it's just 2nd nature to me.