In chamber mic style pickup?

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  1. tjclem

    tjclem

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    I am working on a project, a 5 string heavily chambered 80mm thick bass. Right now the customer just wants the hipshot piezo saddles. He is considering an internal mic in addition. I have never done that any suggestions? Links to products to look into? Thoughts? Thanks all.
  2. bassteban

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    Bumpin because we dont have a *like* button
  3. RickBlair

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    http://www.gollihur.com has some upright bass mics that could possibly be used. I guess the biggest concern will be feedback at higher volume.

    Rick B.
  4. Musiclogic

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    Check into acoustic mics by Barcus Berry, Fishman, K&K, and David Gage. I believe Graphtech has a plug in for their Acoustiphonic board. You can Contact Gray at Graphtech, and he will give you some guidance on graphtechs capabilities with the piezo saddles and a mic. There are many buffer based systems that use both a mic and a piezo contact in the same system. Stew Mac used to carry a few, so did LMI
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  6. kevteop

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    You could also look at the Ehrlund EAP I suppose. Great on double bass. Resists feedback well too.
  7. tjclem

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    Thanks all. Graphtech was the first place I looked. I thought they did have a mic system. I can't find it any more.

    I will look into the other options.
  8. Matthijs

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    +1 for the Ehrlund. On the DB side people are quite happy with it and I think it would be possible to build it into the bass.
  9. HogieWan

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    check acoustic guitar pickup makers
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    daveman50 Supporting Member

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    I think we'd all like to see some more pics of this one!!
  11. tjclem

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    Thanks just installed the frets. I hope to play her tomorrow night. Waiting to hear if the customer wats to add another unit to the bass or not..t
  12. ctmullins

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    Beautiful instrument, Mr. Clement!

    I've been thinking about doing one of these too, using the GHS Acoustic Soundhole Microphone that StewMac sells (for $50). Anybody used that particular mic? The price is certainly attractive, but I've been around long enough to know that you usually get what you pay for....
  13. tjclem

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    Thanks. He decided against the additional mic. I did get it up and running for last night.
  14. HaMMerHeD

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    Are you going to put inlay around the soundhole?

    ...because I like it just how it is.
  15. kris pung

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    Stunning, how does it sound?
  16. tjclem

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    Hostly I have never done that and the customer didn't ask for it. I wouldn't know how.
  17. tjclem

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    Different, very crisp. I am uploading a video of it to my business FB page now. I hope it loads right. I would like to make one for myself. I don't have a fretted 5. I would go B-G though and would like to try Deep talking flats on it.
  18. Triad

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    AKG makes a contact microphone called 411 (L version has to be connected to an external transformer, PP version can be used with phantom power). I got two for a bass that's not conceptually too different from this but ended up using piezos+magnetic.

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