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Offline Platypus9

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One piezo quiter than the others?
« on: January 29, 2006, 01:37:24 AM »
Hi,
I love my piezo's, but the low E string plays at half the volume of the other strings.  I've tried changing the battery, and there's no problem with the magnetics.  Can this be repaired, or do i have to order a new saddle?  I'm reasonably handy with a soldering iron.
thanks,

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Offline 908ssp

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2006, 09:06:50 AM »
It probably needs to be replaced. Remove the Low E string. Unscrew the two bridge height adjuster screws and the whole bridge will rise up and eventually come off. Turn it up side down on a towel on your guitar. You can do this without removing the other strings or un-soldering the piezo signal cable just be careful. Then you can easily get to the solder points for the individual piezos. Call Parker service the number is in the description of this forum category. [^]

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2006, 05:28:28 PM »
How does a piezo wear out?

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Offline Platypus9

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2006, 09:33:06 PM »
thanks for the input.
the really strange thing is, it seems to be working perfectly now..!
and i did absolutely nothing to it.  I'll have to keep a close eye on it, because it definitely wasn't my imagination.
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Offline 908ssp

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2006, 10:24:55 PM »
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Originally posted by Bill

How does a piezo wear out?

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Hi Bill
I don't know if they wear out probably just fail. The crystal is a thin film and the wire is connected to it some how. The crystal can break from a blow or the wire can corrode and loose contact. They seem to just fail. I wish there was some way of testing them or fixing them. [^]

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2006, 06:48:08 AM »
Thanks, Alex.

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006, 07:52:18 AM »
Had a similar problem with the low E except it was too loud and popped when played hard.   I bought the guitar used and it was way out of adjustment.  I took off the strings and readjusted the whole bridge assembly, making sure that each saddle was as horizontal to the body as possible, set the intonation; that seemed to cleared up all my problems.  It was a P-38.
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