Any way to retrofit piezos in a lo-pro?
Yeah, for some reason, all the guys I've met in the piezo business seem to be these ultra-cool guys. *The Fishman guy is about the nicest guy you could run into at NAMM and even looks like he's having fun on Sunday while hauling the booths to the loadout. *I don't think I was able to tempt him to add MIDI to a National Tricone as a production item, however, but I think he liked me for being crazy too.
It seems like it would be relatively easy to handle the electronics for the Ibanez by using RMC's internal item that mixes piezo and magnetics and provides the various outputs needed. *If everything can be made to fit inside the guitar, the hard part seems to be getting some piezo saddles to fit the 1017 bridge; routing the wires from the piezo saddles into the body should not be a big problem.
So there's something I hope you guys can help me with in my own quest for a midified Ibanez baritone with piezos and 13-pin output: I need the dimensions of the 1017XL bridge saddles, ideally a good diagram, but I would welcome partial information, even the approximate length and width as measured while installed in a guitar with a finely-marked ruler. This would start me on the path to finding some piezo saddles that might be modified to fit the 1017XL.
Another piece of information that would help would be from someone familiar with both the 1017XL and other models with a similar bridge: do the saddles on the baritones appear to have the same dimensions as the saddles on the other models? *If so, perhaps I could at least track down an instrument with the saddles as used on the 1017XL at a local dealer (Los Angeles) so I can get a close look and measure for myself. *Having a good idea of the dimensions and how it looks would allow me to estimate whether saddles can be made with a reasonable effort.
My expectation is that adapting some other piezo saddles is probably doable with some limited resort to a machine shop. *Normally, the critical shapes on saddles are not very complex. *Also, since it appears that the Conklin shop can do floating bridges with piezos, and since I don't think anyone makes an off-the-shelf piezo kit for any floating bridge, it seems that Conklin is making or having made piezo saddles for some floating bridge and might be convinced (their prices are pretty steep, unfortunately) to do the same as a retrofit for an Ibanez bridge. *But this is not work that needs to be done by a luthier who has a large marketing overhead to support.