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magnetic frets patented

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by loogy1, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. loogy1


    Feb 23, 2013
    richmond, va
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the hell?

    my understanding is that patents were granted in the 1800s for hot-air balloon-mounted death rays, too.
  3. That sounds like a PROFOUNDLY bad idea. :help:

    And it also ensures you sound like crap, because the natural vibration of the string is influenced by a bunch of magnets in the neck.:eyebrow:
  4. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Pros: Capos are no longer necessary.

    Cons: How do I unfret a note?

  5. BassinCT

    BassinCT Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    If you embed coils throughout the fingerboard, you could hear every click, clack sympathetic vibration, buzz and every harmonic that would otherwise be dampened by the magnetic pull. Wire each coil in series, run it through a ring modulator, distortion & delay and you'll be making sounds that have never been heard before.
  6. loogy1


    Feb 23, 2013
    richmond, va
    that'd be awesome
  7. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Kill the power to the fret field coils.

  8. loogy1


    Feb 23, 2013
    richmond, va
    How come i can find the patents but not a single trace of a instrument with this feature. I mean cmon. NOTHING not even a prototype or any talk about it except the forum I started.
  9. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    You could program it to play much like a player piano!
  10. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    I'd be interested!
  11. loogy1


    Feb 23, 2013
    richmond, va
    speaking of pianos, that brings back an older idea i had to put some sort of mallet system with springs on the end of the bridge. I thought that might produce a similar tone to a piano.

    seems simple enough. have sum sort of stopper so the "mallets" aren't resting on the strings the entire time, and have enough force from the springs to allow the "mallet" to strike the string and be stopped by the "stopper" on the bounce back. that way you could play normally and use the "mallet system" whenever you wanted to spice it up or w/e

    never followed through with a design or anything besides mental pictures.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  13. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    A separate coil for each fret? Yowsa. I imagine this would push the price of a Squier to Sadowsky territory
  14. Did he realize the super magnetic strenght a fret would need to attract the string with the same preassure of a left hand finger?
  15. I bet it'd be noisy as hell.
  16. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Why stop there? How about a separate set of frets for each string? Then you could just program the thing phone your gigs in. And the cost would be minimal - compared to a stealth bomber!
  17. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    And if they're movable, you could change temperament and add microtonality! Endless possibilities.
  18. topcat2069


    Dec 2, 2007
    Palm Springs
    Good idea for a fretless bass.....:rollno:
  19. mflatau


    Aug 19, 2008

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