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Optical Pickups, what are they?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tomd03, May 25, 2005.

  1. tomd03


    Oct 8, 2004
    Alberta Canada
    Hey I saw one of those "Lightwave" (i hope that's what it's called) basses, and I was wondering... How does the Optical pickup work, and are there any advantages or disadvantages?

  2. +1 I have really been wondering about these things too.
  3. DubDubs


    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    They sence vibration through light insted of magnetically.
  4. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Gnomes. :cool:
  5. bassjus


    Mar 30, 2004
    With laserbeam eyes :D

    Actually, lightwave does a good job explaining it on their site.


    Pretty interesting, I've been wanting to give them a try, but I have yet yo find a store that sells them.
  6. tomd03


    Oct 8, 2004
    Alberta Canada
    yeah that is a good explication

    i'm gonna have to try to find one to try too, thanks for the link :D
  7. westland


    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    Their advantage is supposedly zero colouring (no feedback / interaction between string-pickup) of tone, and response from 5Hz to 50kHz. The sensors are infrared diodes rather than ''lasers'' (sorry Dr. Evil)

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