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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Jan 12, 2006.
I remember them and played on a few of them,they were not bad at all.
I dig the adjustable pickup. Should be an option in more basses. Change of tone at the drop of a hat!
Or it would totally ruin the sweetspot..
One of those
When you position the pickup where you want it, is there a way to lock it so it doesn't move around while you're playing?
When I last saw and played one it was still going thru the proto stages,but it would sit very firmly in what ever position it was placed in.
I fail to understand the point. why not just install a second p'up in the other location and have a toggle switch?
Seems gimicky to me.
supposedly elimates phase issues.
what phase issues?
Put another of the same pickup in the other location with an on/on switch. Only one's ever connected to the electronics, no phase issues.
I stand by my 'gimick' statement.
The concept is logical,there are some frequency spots(positioning of pickups)that normaly are not touched on most basses(even two pickups models) and with this type of pickup some extra ground is/can be covered.rememeber Gibson offered this concept once on a Bass(the grabber).
whether it's a gimmick or not the Bass played well and sounded very nice and no matter what position you would place the pickup you could hear a difference in tone.
just repeating what i heard.
i'm not an electronics kinda guy.
JAUQO III-X makes the best points here. better than i can for sure.
i like seeing different concepts in a product that rarely sees change.
whether the idea is valid or not, if it sparks creativity in other designers - i consider it a success.
But what happens when it wears down enough that the pickup moves easily? I still think some sort of locking mechanism would be a good addition.
there's a screw on it(connected to the base of the pickup bar)that allows one to adjust the firmness as needed.I played several versions of the Spalt vViper and again it really has/had potential.
I recently spoke with Tanya Spalt and was informed that the vViper model is still in production,but most of the companies time has been spent on custom orders
I just went to their site, and man, I REALLY DIG the Hybrid basses!
Ok, resume speaking on the vViper...
the vViper i have (pictured at the start of this thread) plays like a literal dream!!!
That was the model with pre-tuned strings, right? No tuners necessary.
I had a Grabber years ago and I didn't hear much of a change in tone when I moved the pickup. I thought it was a good idea though and I'm glad to hear it works on the Viper.
I agree,I've played my share of Gibson Grabbers and didn't notice a big difference in tonal change and I think it's because the pickup really wasn't getting in that much of a distance in tonal range to begin with no matter what position it was sitting in.the pickup positioning of the Grabber does not cover the positioning possibilities(length of positions to place the pickup) of the vViper.like I said I've played on several vVipers and was asked on many occasions from the Creator what my thoughts were on it and when a luthier consults with me on an issue I have to be honest and the main concept behind the vViper is to give the bass player a very good range option.you really can hear the difference each time the pickup is repositioned.
but beside the oddness of the pickup concept the Bass reall sounds nice and the construction is top notch.
As long as we're on the subject of moveable pickups. Is that what's going on in Mike Pope's Fodera here?
Looks like that bass has gone through a few changes
I remember hearing somewhere that his bass looks like that because of how many times he has torn out his pickups and put other ones in. As far as i know his bass doesn't have movable pickups.
The Ebony part of Mikes FB is removable,it's held on by a magnetic attachment.