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Luminlay marker dots?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Force, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Force


    Aug 18, 2005
    Canberra, Australia
    So, I'm in a metal band and we play live on a regular basis. Pretty much every gig, the stage is very dark at times and I just can't see what fret I'm on at all and it's very frustrating, hitting the wrong notes etc.

    Anyway, I've been reccomended these luminlays to be able to see where I am, and I was just wondering what are your guys' thoughts on these? I really don't like LED lights all over basses already, and I am worried these will look really tacky and everyone in the crowd will notice them. Are they discreet? Any other suggestions besides luminlays?
  2. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    I've used reflective stickers (sold for mail boxes) and a handheld hole punch. End result: Large dots, good visibility, minimal cost.
  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    You could put dots of white glue over the side dots so that you can feel them with your thumb to make sure you're in the right spot. I do that on my fretless basses.
  4. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    I use Glowdotz on my Bongo basses and they work great.
  5. I think the Luminlay looks cool, wayyyyy cooler than LEDs, and wouldn't mind if the audience noticed the glowing dots, but I wouldn't want them distracted by LEDs.

    You could also buy glow in the dark modeler's paint, that way you'd have both the visual and tactile sensations.

    Lastly, my main suggestion...

    *Practice at home with your eyes closed.*

    I'm sure it will benefit you, and I'm not suggesting it to replace the Luminlays or other tactile or visual aids you may choose to use. Every little bit helps.
  6. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I guess I am in a snotty mood, but how about practicing so you know where you are without looking?
  7. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings - DR Strings
  8. Force


    Aug 18, 2005
    Canberra, Australia
    Thanks for the replies.

    Just bought some glowdotz so I will see what these are like.

    Bitterdale - What is the hole punch for?