Tech Tip:What’s The Deal With Piezo Pickups On Solidbody Electric Guitars?


Piezo pickups use tiny crystals that generate a signal when you pluck a string. Unlike electric sounds of magnetic single-coil and humbucking pickups, the piezo’s crystals create a very acoustic, natural sounding tone. Some popular solidbody models sport both piezo and magnetic pickups. Electric guitarists can easily mount piezo pickups on their solidbodies to add a warmer, acoustic sound to their magnetic array. Piezos are typically located in the bridge, either under each saddle or as a strip that lies under acoustic-type saddle bridges.