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Lightwave??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fenderboy, Oct 15, 2002.


  1. fenderboy

    fenderboy

    Jun 21, 2002
    I see everyone posting pics of them all the time and talking about them on here just curious on what the definition of them is and why they dont have pickups.
     
  2. fenderboy

    fenderboy

    Jun 21, 2002
    thanks for clearing that up. so basically it just brings more of the strings tone out with vibrations strait into the body?
     
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Well, the main difference is that it's an <b>optical</b> pickup as opposed to a regular electro-magnetic or piezo pickup.
     
  4. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Atlanta
    Lighwave doesn't get the coloration in sound that regualr magnetic pickups do.
    - The strings are freer to vibrate (no magnetic pull ).
    - More harmonic content.
    - Monstrous low-end.
    - Very responsive to individual technique.
    - You don't need play strings with a ferous (?) core.
    - Works nicely with MIDI
    - Just plain looks cool.

    I think it's a lot more worthwhile on a fretless, though.
     
  5. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'd still like to hear some lightwaves...I haven't as of yet.
     
  6. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Atlanta
    I think Fred posted one where he was using the V-Bass.
    He did it more justice than I can.
    I might try and work one up eventually.
     
  7. fenderboy

    fenderboy

    Jun 21, 2002
    Hrm, these lightwave basses sound very intersting. so they get a good harmonic response? oh name some companys that produce some good ones for under 2,000 u.s.a. by the way what is midi i know you plug it into the computer but, what is it for
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    MIDI is a protocol that defines controller data, mostly for synthesizers and other music electronic devices. E.g. with MIDI you can tell a synth what note to play and when, etc.
     
  9. fenderboy

    fenderboy

    Jun 21, 2002
    *Scratches head in confusment* SO hrm what do you plug it into a synthesizer? or like a keyboard or whatever?
     
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    yup.
     
  11. fenderboy

    fenderboy

    Jun 21, 2002
    Can someone tell me some good company's that make lightwave. iv'e been looking for a fretless and this just might make it even better if it could be lightwave.