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Sometimes pickup doesn't work depends on what amp I use. Thanks, Ed

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These pickups have a very high impedance so you must run into a high impedance input. Many amps expect low impedance guitar outputs and these piezo pickups just can't drive them.
We currently use an X2 wireless system which has over a 1.5 megohm input impedance which works well with these piezo pickups. Long guitar cables degrade the signal as well and running into a DI just won't work.

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