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Cello bridge pickup?
« on: Jul 21, 2003, 02:27:35 PM »
I've been requested to build a solid-body or semi-acoustic cello.  Looking for suggestions.  I can do the neck and box/slab OK, as well as the endpin and so on.  I can use, I suspect, a normal cello bridge over a "soundboard" of carved maple.  But I don't know what type of pickup would be good.  Help!!!

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Re:Cello bridge pickup?
« Reply #1 on: Jul 21, 2003, 06:52:18 PM »
Is this Cello intended for acoustic simulation or does the future owner want to become involved in sound mangling as an option?
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Re:Cello bridge pickup?
« Reply #2 on: Jul 21, 2003, 10:28:00 PM »
One interesting benefit of a solid body over a semi-acoustic is pizz sustain and character.  While bowing an acoustic admittedly sounds more organic, a resonating sound board sucks so much energy off of the string that pizz notes die off way too fast.  A full solid body is MUCH more fun to pizz.  You can get that long Jaco growl that fretless electric basses get, but with much more frequency range.  Its worth the trade off in my opinion.

Pickups?  Dunno.  Barberra are well respected for piezo.  StringAmp?  Lightwave?  Electromag?  Theres way too many options.  

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Re:Cello bridge pickup?
« Reply #3 on: Jul 22, 2003, 03:38:56 AM »
I haven't received an answer on exactly what the ultimate usage is.  I believe I'll draw up a solid body with wings using a regular cello bridge and neck.  Sound doable?

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Re:Cello bridge pickup?
« Reply #4 on: Jul 22, 2003, 05:09:46 AM »
Sounds like a place to start Steve you can probably work out the pickup issues after a bit more research and a little more info from the client. I would consider the hollowed or chambered approach if they after an acoustic sound of coarse then you need to work on feedback considerations. If the other route of sound modifiers and high level amplification is a factor then the solid as xylenz suggested would probably be something to consider. These can obtain great sustain especially if you can imitate the Gibson guitar Neck Through concept. I still think the intended usage is really the key to satisfying the customer here.
Let us know how it progresses.
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Re:Cello bridge pickup?
« Reply #5 on: Jul 22, 2003, 01:30:55 PM »
I really don't want to do it.  I'm pretty busy.  But he is a good customer having bought several violins.  

 




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