Fretted/fretless switchable neck(on the fly)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J.D.B., Jul 24, 2009.

  1. J.D.B.


    Mar 11, 2007
    Anyone seen this awesome idea in the flesh? I looked around here and didn't see anything so here ya go!
    Watch the vid, especially towards the end when the musician throws a switch on the body of the Bass that raises metal frets UP through the fingerboard! Impressive execution.

  2. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the Mad Hatter Gold Supporting Member

    There was a tread on here earlier this week where the OP was a designer of this system and he was testing the economic feasibility by the TB vocal (by written word) response...
  3. Correction, the guy that was on here had a different system where the fretboard/fingerboards actually came off and were interchangable. This is the old flip a switch bass, and its been mentioned on here a time or two. Not quite to the level of hte headstock bass thing, but its been seen
  4. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    this has been posted what seems to be every few weeks for quite sometime.

    IMO it lives in the category of cars that run on water, household robots and personal jet packs.

    very cool as an idea, functionally challenging in reality, usually very expensive.

    Wouldn't it easier to just get a second bass or even a doubleneck.

    Then again I'll probably be the first to buy one if it ever goes into production.
  5. and ill buy it from you when you post it in the TB classifieds.
  6. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    As has been said by others in the other threads about this type of system: If the mechanism lowers the frets, aren't you left with a fretless that has action much high than a typical fretless with a proper setup?
  7. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
  8. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The result of high action on fretless mode would bug me.
  9. its an optical illusion.
  10. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    And an aural illusion as well?
  11. yep. its all done with a projector and a trapdoor. Haven't you ever watched scooby-doo.
  12. KPAX

    KPAX Inactive

    Mar 22, 2005
    That's awesome and ridiculous. I like it.