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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:04 PM

I have an old Status Electro Mk1 (no magnetic pickups, just a piezo bridge) that I've owned for in excess of 12 years and while I love playing it I've never been in a position to gig it because, even with amps maxed out, it sends too quiet a signal to compete with a classic rock band. It's just very low output.

Is there anything out there on the market which will boost the output signal without (and that's important) colouring the tone. I don't want any tonal distortion - I just want *more* of its regular output.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:19 PM

Google clean boost pedal.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:33 PM

View PostScoop, on 15 March 2017 - 12:04 PM, said:

I have an old Status Electro Mk1 (no magnetic pickups, just a piezo bridge)...

Many (most..?) piezo pickups need a specific pre-amp to adapt their output and impedance to a standard amp. Perhaps you could try out such a pre-amp; they're often used by acoustic bass players.
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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:41 PM

View PostEBS_freak, on 15 March 2017 - 12:19 PM, said:

Google clean boost pedal.

I'm not much of a pedal head (I own a couple, bought 15 plus years ago, hardly ever used) so I had no idea such things existed. An Electro Harmonix LPB-1, a simple linear power boost, seems ideal. And cheap.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:49 PM

Worth trawling Talkbass as well - the general informed opinion is that you need a preamp capable of handling the very high impedence of a Piezo pickup otherwise your tone will be shot to pieces..
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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:53 PM

 markstuk, on 15 March 2017 - 12:49 PM, said:

Worth trawling Talkbass as well - the general informed opinion is that you need a preamp capable of handling the very high impedence of a Piezo pickup otherwise your tone will be shot to pieces..

Yes indeed. Radial do a range of pedal preamps with a 10M ohm input for just this need :)

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 03:04 PM

I wasn't aware of those Electroharmonics pedals either. Always nice to know such things exist....

I know the OP didn't really want to "colour" the tonal output of his bass, but another alternative could be to use a D.I. Pedal, and set the tonal controls to "flat". I mention this because these pedals are quite cheap. One here on ebay is around £25. Luckily, I got mine for a tenner, second-hand locally (Though a local Facebook "guitar gear for sale forum"). Though it's quite noisy when you boost the higher frequencies - there's a really quite good degree of tonal control with it... I'm sure you could get very close to original tone

Indeed, I'm glad I bought mine. Now I have a supposedly better quality option - I use this for rehearsals and for gigs in "certain venues"

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

I have a fishman rare earth in my martin acoustic & it certainly does need the little belt-clipped preamp I got at the same time.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 11:16 PM

I have a status electro 3, it has a piezo and a mag pickup. I use a fishman platinum pro and it works wonders for the signal.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:43 AM

I have the Mooer Pure Boost, lots of clean boost, for around a hundred bucks. Has a boost knob and bass treble and volume knobs as well IF you want to change the tone.

I also have a Wounded Paw Boost,also great.
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