I have heard of a piezo pickup used in some guitars, like John Petrucci's signature Music Man.

What is a piezo pickup and how does it differ to a common pickup?

1 Answer 1


A piezo pickup is a type of microphone. It picks up the physical vibration of the the instrument and converts it to a voltage. It is usually used on acoustic guitars/instruments.

A "common" pickup - generates a signal by disturbing a magnetic field generated, you must have metal strings for this to work.

There's a very good page covering pickups on WikiP : Wikipedia

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.