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lightwave+pickup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by artistanbul, Jan 27, 2004.


  1. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    is there anyone making it. will there be too much routing. how will it sound. etc. opinions please.
     
  2. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    how funny, i just posted these pics in another thread minutes ago:

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  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i'm not sure i understand your question.

    but, www.lightwave-systems.com is still making the optical pickups.

    there is considerable routing. i like to think of my zon as "chambered"

    :D

    they sound...well, different. some like. some hate.

    i like it to drive my V-Bass and blend in some of the Lightwave.

    sounds great to me.

    hope this helps.

    f
     
  4. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    lol. let me rephrase. what will be the chances of a lightwave optical pickup and a classic magnetic pickup working together for a better tomorrow :)
     
  5. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Edit: Your post popped up while I wrote mine...

    Do you mean combining the lightwave pickup system with a magnet ("normal") pickup? I believe Devon made a bass with that setup. I think it had a MM pickup.

    Personally, I think I'd rather have just the lightwave, as you'd lose some benefits of the lightwave system by adding magnetic pickups. But, that's just my opinion...it certainly would be able to get a huge range of tones!

    As already noted, the system usually comes with considerable routing. Every one I've seen looks like that.

    If anyone's interested I'm selling a cheap four string fretted Lightwave with a soft tweed case (Just bought a Spector). It's in the classifieds. My buyer seems to have evaporated.

    Marshall
     
  6. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    The makers of the light wave pickup are pretty clear on their website that they will not let luthiers use their pickups with magnetic pickups.

    That being said, Id love to find a really *cheap* used lighwave that I could drop some mags into.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  7. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    I just found this.
    http://www.seibass.com/millenium.html

    oh and I am thinking about the same thing myself nickman. my two concerns are will the further routing damage the sound drastically? and how well the blending will be..
     
  8. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    Lightwave via TBC debut'd (SP?) a HYBRID at NAMM 2004.

    so, now mags are available with the Lightwave pickup system.

    LW sys just hasn't updated their site yet.

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  9. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i'm considering selling my TBC Lightwave twins. nice basses.

    let me know if you want pics.

    the fretless has a spalt maple top, the fretted has a purpleheart top.

    f
     
  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    here are the twins:

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  11. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    uh... I doubt if they can be called cheap :) I am also interested in one..
     
  12. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I heart that fretless! :)

    Marshall
     
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    reasonable?

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  14. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    :D
    As reasonable as it can be I will never have the heart to mess with those beauties.
     
  15. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Yeah, Im talking about a bass I wouldnt feel wrong about routing out a big fat hole for a MM pickup.

    Id cry if i saw one of those torn up.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  16. luknfur

    luknfur

    Jan 14, 2004
    DIXIE
    I bought a Lightwave nearly a year ago. I had such a hard time accepting the sound of the thing that I contacted Keith (designer of optic system) and inquired about throwing a magnetic pup in. His response was essentially:

    Yeh, we've done a few of those. You have you're luthier route the bass and install the pup then send it to us and we run the wiring. I don't recommend tying the systems together. Even just installing a mag pup will exert pull on the strings which is one of the things the optic system was designed to overcome.

    If the mag is going to be a seperate system, to me, theirs not much point. The blend of the two strikes me as more appealing.

    But I've have seen Lightwaves with a mag pup, don't know if they were tied together or not.
     
  17. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Ask David King:

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  18. luknfur

    luknfur

    Jan 14, 2004
    DIXIE
    Now there's an interesting bass.

    For any of you interested, there's a Lightwave group on the net at lightwavebass@yahoogroups.com

    I even think Steve (vice president of Lightwave) may be in the group
     
  19. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Lightwave offers their own model with Mag and the LW pickup system called a Hybrid.
     
  20. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    do they blend or is it a switch between magnetics and optical.