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. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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)