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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mongol, Oct 6, 2005.
just checked site of mikeyguitar.com amazing two basses in one never saw it before take a look
Mongol - Welcome to talkbass. We were talking about this ealier, but somebody deleted the thread. Oh well. I'm not sure I could get into the flat fretboard / fingerboard - but it's certainly an original idea.
Whattya mean? He's been registered less than a week.
Seems cool, but I'm skeptical how well it'll work.
Yeah - I can't read. Not sure what happened. I edited my last response to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and not imply that anyone is a spammer.
Finally checked out the video, really looks interesting, however Steinberger tried something similar, but not as well thought out back in the 80's. Never made it past prototypes for a reason.
I'd be interested in trying these out, but not sure about shelling out what they want.
Well, just got an email back, it's patent pending so no specs available... $7000 and you can get your very own.
I think I'd rather have a fretted/fretless pair of Sadowsky's.
http://www.mikeyguitar.com/ at mikeyguitar.com
Thats is probably the COOLEST thing ive ever seen. So this guy is getting a patent on it. Surprised no one ever thought about this before. I watched the clip of that guy switching it. Amazing.
I'm sure others have thought of it before, but not executed it. It's a nice trick, too bad there's nothing I like about the instrument besides the trick.
Too bad my computer went crazy and wouldn't let me watch the video... Exactly how does this thing work since I can't see it first hand?
The ugly, cheap sounding bass has a lever at the base of the neck which when flipped retracts the frets into the neck. That bit's pretty neat.
I'd rather just have a fretless and a fretted.
I smell more spam
well the basses do look like just about anything out there. I'll admit that. I guess it's a cool concept. Someone mentioned 7,000 for the bass?? Thats taking a little to far. Though i wouldn't see my self buying it anytime soon. I would like to try it. And move that lever up and down to see how times it will work before it binds up inside the neck.
Yes, there have been a number of threads on fretless/fretted instruments. I believe that there are three patents on various designs fretted/fretless design, so others have reduced their ideas to practice, but as far as I know, none of the patent holders are currently making the basses. tplyons is also correct that someone working for Steinberger developed a prototype. Rumor has it that it didn't sound particularly good because of the hollow neck.
Mikey's design has been researched before. There are two potential problems with this design. The first is the steinberger problem; it is difficult to have the neck contain the apparatus, be sturdy enough, be thin enough and still sound good. Second, if the action is perfect in fretted mode, then it is likely too high in fretless mode. To have perfect action between the two, the bridge and nut would also need to adjust.
All this being said, I think that video is pretty impressive. Then again, I'm a sucker for new things, and $7,000? That's just plain crazy. Buy a fretless with a carbon fiber neck and you'll have a convincing slap tone. (Some autotune magic could also assist those with less than perfect intonation. Not that I condone that...)
mongol and mns -
Are either of you affiliated in any way with the manufacturer of this bass?
Yes, I do. but not for money. it's a cool concept. There are no basses for sale.
"Rumor has it that it didn't sound particularly good because of the hollow neck" - not in this invention.
Check it out http://kronoson.station185.com/kronosonic/forum/index.php?showtopic=3361
What is the specific nature of your relationship with this company?
Also, mongol, still waiting for your reply. The clock is ticking on this thread... and your TB membership.
I play this bass on video clip
How could you have never seen a bass like that before if you played it in the video clip? You are being dishonest and spamming.