How to Insall a Piezo Pickup

Written by sam owens
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How to Insall a Piezo Pickup
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More often than not, a guitar player starts out on an acoustic guitar. These guitars require no other equipment in order to be played. Once the beginner crosses over into performing live, where amplification becomes necessary, the piezo pickup provides the boost required. These pickups are readily available at any music or guitar shop and can be installed with just a few tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Piezo pickup
  • Clean cloth
  • Soapy water
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Drill

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    Self-adhesive pickup

  1. 1

    Wipe down the top of the guitar with a clean cloth removing all dirt, oil or other residues. If particularly dirty dampen corner of cloth with soapy water and clean until no dirt remains. Dry any moisture immediately with dry portion of cloth.

  2. 2

    Remove adhesive backing from pickup.

  3. 3

    Select a place for your pickup. The location of the pickup should not interfere with your ability to strum or pick. Place the pickup adhesive side down onto the top of your guitar. Press down firmly.

    Under-saddle pickup

  1. 1

    Use the tuning keys on the guitar's headstock to loosen all strings. Loosen strings until you can easily put your whole hand between the strings and bridge of guitar.

  2. 2

    Insert your flathead screwdriver between your guitar's bridge and its body. Then gently apply pressure to the bridge of the guitar to remove it. The bridge is the piece of plastic or bone that your guitar's strings run over between the sound hole and where they are secured.

  3. 3

    Drill a 3mm hole underneath where the bridge sits. Slide the wire that connects to the end of the pickup through the hole in the bridge.

  4. 4

    Place the pickup flat along the space the bridge occupies. Replace the bridge being careful that it is secure and pressed flat.

  5. 5

    Tighten strings using tuning keys on the headstock and retune guitar.

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