Bass without Pickup's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dave_clark69, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    My teacher went up to the NEC a few weeks ago. He told me about this bass he tried, and the bloke said it was £7,000 and then £1,000 for the case. he said sorry i won't be buying it. He said it's ok i have already sold 7. The bass had no pickups, just light sensors that i would guess sense the resonations from the string. he also said it was made from really special metals, like the ones used for surgical implants
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    He is probably referring to Lightwave optical pickups. The bass has pickups, just not conventional magentic pickups.

    Like this.

  3. warwickbass


    Dec 8, 2001
    now it would seem to me that they would then just pickup the level of vibration, wich means that theres no tone involved, nothing from the wood or frets or strings. i should imagine that it would be very much like playing a wood computer.... fill me in on this a little more.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The vibration would be affected by the wood, the bridge, the neck construction and your playing technique, just like any other bass.

    Check out the website. They explain how it works in better detail than I can.
  5. Actually, it's just the opposite. Lightwaves are designs to reproduce the acoustic sound of the bass without the coloration that magnetic pickups have.
  6. I inquired to Matt Pulcinella about a lightwave equipped bass he built. He described the tone as "a 30 ft tall p-bass". (loooong scale!)

    Somebody else said "p-bass on steroids" and I think Lee Sklar had one installed on vintage P-bass of his. So I'm guessing they would sound a lot like a p-bass.

  7. Lenko


    May 3, 2003
    OMG! :eek:
  8. i have 4 lightwave basses.

    all sound diff.

    i don't want to bore the group with all the info i've posted millions of times before.

    so, if you want my opinion, PM or e-mail me.

  9. why would this theory be unique to lightwave pups? since magnetic pickups only sense ferrous materials, according to your process: since wood has no ferrous properties, there shouldn't be any impact on the tone.

    which we all know is not true.

    actually, what happens is the materials of the bass act as a filter on the string vibration. so, different materials will cause different filtering creating the various tones we so commonly associate with various woods.

  10. warwickbass


    Dec 8, 2001
    I was to a completly diffrent understanding of how they picked up the sound... i see how dumb my question seemed now :rolleyes: