Glowing inlay's !!! cool

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by terms bassist, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. I saw a advertisment in bass player magazine about installing a lighting system in your bass to make the inlay's glow so you can see your fretboard in low light situations. they call it "Sims Custom LEDs" It look's dam awesome, apparently you just send your neck to them and they wire it up for you and it only requires a 9 volt battery.

    I know the bass player from limp bizkit uses red one's, but you can get all differnt colours. I just want to know, do any of you use these? how much does it cost and what does everybody's thinks about this system?

    I've also attached a picture of one.
  2. Hmm thats not too hard. wire them all in parallel with protection resistors to each LED. Buy a crappy bass from Cash Converters or some where and try it.

    LEDS cost about 60 cents, resistors 3 cents and well wire about $1 a metre.

  3. and how do you implement them ? where do you put the cable ?
  4. FYI, SIMS LEDs on roscoe basses are a $695 option and $780 on the Warwicks. Sure they look cool, but hey, you could buy a bass for the price of a couple dozens LEDs?

  5. During my senior thesis project one of my concepts was a fretless bass with plexiglass fretline inlays lit by a piece of plexiglass rod running on top of the truss rod. I decided to only run with practical concepts though.

  6. Well i can think of one place...!!!


  7. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    ah merls....
    ur one in a million....
    yeh sam rivers (limp) has them and when he is on stage and its dark....u get the idea...
  8. Pea-NUT


    Jul 1, 2001
    Jerseyville, IL
    Ya they look cool, someday when i can get the time to fool around, im gonna try making my own on a cheap bass. Just run a parrell circuit like the guy before said, it wouldnt cost too much. Just a thought, something for me to do.
  9. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001

    those things are awesome!!!! :eek: :cool:

    hey merls, great idea.... merlins illuminators inc. hmm......

    actually, ive got a really crappy yamaha .... and this would be a pretty cool upgrade ....
  10. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    If your problem is that you just want to be able to see your fret markers in low or no light situations, wouldn't it be easier (and cheaper) to paint 'em with some glow-in-the-dark paint? I would think that could be cool too. I think you can even get it in different colors.
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Glowing inlays! Expensive!
  12. I'm still wondering how they hookup those leds...
    where do they put the cable ?
  13. hehee if u think glowing inlays are last week
    then i go back to ww1 i still got the good ol trusty yellow stars!!!!

  14. Intrepid


    Oct 15, 2001
    Does anybody know how to wire this in the neck and what materials to use...I'm gonna go out and buy a neck and would like to this as a project if its not to difficult...would look awesome in school...the glowing jazz bass...if I ever buy one.
  15. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    is it possible to run it along the truss rod ...... uh ..... what ever you call that thing .... the truss rod channel ...... :confused:
  16. yeah led fret markers are a cool ideal .but thats alot of loot . i found they have a version that doesnt alter you instrument and is under $100 i think.also some pretty cool laser thinking about getting the position markers if i do ill let you know how they work