Childish things to do with your pickups..

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by xxxBassJunkiexx, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. My bassist friend and I were screwing around with our basses a few weeks ago, and discovered the miracle of paperclips! All we did was hook about 3 of 'em on each string, around the 5th fret), and played. Utter greatness. Try it yourself, and discover InStAnT-MeTaL!
    (P.s I don't play metal. Punk and Jazz, that is all)
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    What do you mean?
    And what is metal to you?
  3. Yeah, I realize I didn't make myself to clear. The clips make a terrible rattling sound, and it's even worse when it hits. As for metal,I think of heavily distorted, squealing guitars, and too much percussion. :D
  4. Chris Wood's been doing that for awhile now.
  5. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    You can also make a strange sound if you wack p/ups really hard when you have a reverb amp.
  6. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    You have to hit it with something FERROUS to make it produce sound, PoT. So that wouldn't be because you're hitting the pickups, it's because you're making the bass vibrate.
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    When I was installin' the DiMarzio Split-P into my
    cheapie Yammer, the instructions mentioned that
    each section of the P-type pup was a humbucker
    unto itself and that one option was to send the
    "E-A" and "D-G" sections to different outputs.

    Hmm...wire it thataway and tune the bass D-G-D-G?...
    play some wacky, stereophonic Disco octave lines?

    Nahhh :p
  8. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    well, if I'm hunkerd down with a good amount of my body touching the bass, i.e. sitting down, chin resting on the upper horn, and not touchin the strings, my pups will pick up my voice, and I make "Help, I'm stuck in the amp" noises.
  9. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    if i remember correctly, victor wooten does somethign simaler to this on one of his recordings on the "a show of hands" album. i forget the track title, but i read somewhere that he sent the low strings to one output, clean, and the high strings to another with a chorus effect. it was amazing. like two players at once! only they were both victor wooten!
  10. Lets not forget Eddie Van Halen's attempt to record a Mikita power drill on Poundcake
  11. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Attempt? ;)

    The other day when I started my computer, with my bass on my lap, it made a weird noise. Is that childish? You be the judge.
  12. OK he made a GREAT recording of a mikita. I can't get my guitar to sound like his and I can't get my cordless drill to sound like his either. Man I am jealous.
  13. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    :D That sounds temptin'.

    :eek: Can you imagine the possibilities with a Bart Quadracoil
    and a 5-pin DIN connector?...1 coil per string / each string to a
    separate ouput / 1 amp per string. It just might bring back
    Quadraphonic sound :) .
  14. AND A BIG Rig. 4 stacks around the room. You would need your own sound man just to mix your signals and send them to the house. But what an AWESOME sound you could have.
  15. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I thought EVH stole that idea from Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big).
    What Paul did though, was mount three picks 120° apart off an
    extension stuck into the drill chuck. Then he spun the whole mess
    over the string(s) to give a "bowing" sound like the old Gizmotron.

    I remember hearin' Billy Sheehan tell a story of how Paul was really
    gettin' into it durin' a show. Paul got his long hair all wrapped-up in
    the extension thingie -- end of guitar solo. They had to duck
    behind some amps with a pair of scissors :eek::(.

    I think EVH was using the "noise" generated by the drill motor
    bein' picked up by the pickups (no extensions, picks, etc.)
  16. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    yea he does it on the title track "a show of hands" it sounds awesome through headphones.. but he uses piezo's for that sound.. and each string saddle has its own piezo pickup in it, and to me it sounds like E-D going to one side and A-G going to the other... but yea.. the doesn't use split coil pickups.. its piezo's.
  17. Hey notduane, the story that Billy Sheehan tells is about a gig Mr Big did in the Edinburgh Playhouse about 9 years ago!!!! One of my mates went to see it - oh how they laughed!!!:D
  18. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    They didn't cut Gilberts hair off, though...they took the chuck out and unwound it. The took scissors out, but Gilbert wouldn't let them get near him.
  19. what about the thing that you can do with light wave pickups and have each string wired to a different output. that would be cool to have 4 different effect for each of the 4 strings and play chords.
  20. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ

    and people put me down for using an eraser as a pick...:rolleyes: