A bass with Movable Pickups?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zac2944, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    My apologies if this is in the wrong forum.

    Has there ever been a bass with movable pickups?

    Imagine a bass with pickups that could be located anywhere between the neck and bridge. I think that a bass like this would have infinite tonal possibilities.

    Anyone ever seen or hear of anything like this?
  2. I vaguely remember seeing something like that when I first started playing. No idea who made it though. Time to call upon Google.
  3. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
  4. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Gibson made some with sliding pickups, though I forget the model name.
  5. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
  6. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    If I'm not mistaken, one of the Ovation basses had a movable pickup.
    On the other hand, Ampeg made a bass with removable pickups
  7. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I do beleive that the Gibson Riper had one. It moved just a couple of inches either way in the middle of the body. Also, I do beleive that Spalt Basses are made to have a moving neck pickup.
  8. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    That is sort of what I had in mind, but I hate the way that Rail looks, and the Turner pickup just rotates.

    I'd like to combine the Rail's range of pickup motion with the body and style of a jazz bass. And, do it with two pickups.
  9. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
  10. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
  11. Gibson Grabber

    One for sale in a local shop round here actually
  12. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    That's what I was thinking as I was reading down the page. Played one, nice, a little heavy, but nice.
  13. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    couldn't you get like 3 MM pups w/ coil switches? that would move it right?

  14. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass

    The Ovations just look this they're movable due to the elaborate "rail" system on them but they are fixed.

  15. Yggdrasil


    Aug 16, 2001
    Alembic #1 had a rail/moveable pickup design.
    Jack Casady has said it's intention was for him to experiment; IOW not meant to be a design feature, if I understood him correctly.

  16. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    ehh...I'd just for a for a Line 6 Variax. They're advertised all over this site haha. Check them out!
  17. notrt


    Jun 29, 2004
    :ninja: that was my understanding of where this idea came from, too...
  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
  19. diptixon


    Oct 29, 2004
    I remember the old Gibson Grabbers had a moveable pickup; Gene Simmons played one for a while...