Piezo under the nut, Getting your Frank Zappa on….

A while back Trevor, before moving back to the East Coast,  got a request to see what would happen if a piezo pickup was put under the nut.  We read up on Frank Zappa putting something like a Barcus Berry on the peghead of his guitar.  Fred Frith (cool article here) has a magnetic pickup over the strings in front of the nut.  We asked Pick Up The World to make a piezo to fit.  The sound was amazingly responsive and picked up the string mainly behind the fretting hand and acoustics off the neck.  Trev ran a channel down the neck just under the fingerboard to run the cable down to the control cavity.

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