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First 100% Passive Analog Bass Guitar Modeling System

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smithy78, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. smithy78


    Mar 15, 2009
    Obbligato, Inc. has released Turnstyle, the world's first 100% analog bass guitar modeling system that installs directly into any Fender® Jazz Bass® Guitar and most similar instrument. This marks the first of many Turnstyle applications born out of the Obbligato Custom Shop.

    The design uses the bass guitar's magnetic pickups and a convenient rotary switch to enable bass players to seamlessly switch between six instantly recognizable bass guitar tones. The growing Turnstyle product family continues to offer a significantly lower-cost alternative to most digital processor guitars and can be installed by anyone with basic soldering skills.

    Anyone got one, or heard about it?
  2. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Sounds like you've heard of it (and maybe that you work for the company). Do you know where we can get more information?
  3. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Gibson did this back in the day with their Vari-Tone circuit, and Stan Hinesley from HAS-Sound does his own version of the varitone now. Put simply, it's five tone knobs turned completely down rolled into one rotary switch.

    ...Or maybe it's just a pickup series/parallel switch with some in and out of phase options thrown in...
  4. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    OOD likes this.
  5. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
    sounds like a stellartone, changes resonant freq of pup via changing caps on a rotary. just a thought, could be wrong
  6. smithy78


    Mar 15, 2009
    Lmao, na I wish, could get a bunch of free gear. Just copied and pasted the first bit... And the harmony central link that "nobody" provided contains more information.. They could be really cool, or completley suck, one of the two lol.
  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Sounds like:


    Although, this one is just a 6-way switch routing the signal through varying levels of capacitors.

    I wonder if this "Turnstyle" thingy also gives series/parallel options as well.
  8. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    Nothing's really showing up on the website.
  9. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Here's a closeup shot:


    The Harmony-Central info makes it sound like it's a Jazz Bass wiring plate with a varitone switch instead of a tone knob.

    Other than being prewired on a Jazz control plate this is nothing new.

    Here's a link to the switch I pictured above:

    Rothstein Guitars

    Scroll almost all the way down to the V6B Bass Varitone.
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Rawsound also makes/sells jazz plates with a varitone and series/parallel switching. Good quality, I've bought two of theirs.

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