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So why isn't there an active bass powered by solar energy lol?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by villarddefender, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
    I'm sure I'm not the first one who thought about it (and if I'm the first one I don't care if someone steals my idea just do ittttttttttttttttt lol). We'll soon be in 2018!
    How about a fretboard with solar energy cells :hyper:

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  2. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    It better have one heck of a charging/battery system onboard to support the large amount of time that it would be played inside (i.e. Out of the sun).
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  3. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
    My old solar powered calculator could work with ambient light though with 4 mini-cells

    The size of a fretboard should contain enough cells to get 9V I think
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  4. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Ha! Some of the places I've played there would barely be enough power to bias a diode let alone run a whole preamp.
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  5. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
    Unless there's a rechargeable battery that recharges itself with ambient/sun light while your bass is not used but of course if the bass is inside a case forget it lol
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  6. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
  7. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    If it works as well as solar FIELDS do, I say keep a lid in that recipe for a few more decades.

    What we're going to do with all those toxic panels a few years from now will be a huge problem for our kids to deal with. Don't add toxic fretboards to the pile please.
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  9. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
    Haven't thought about the toxic aspect of it. It's good to hear what other people think :D

    Btw I'm a happy passive bass user but had some free time to think about something "cool" for active bass players :bassist:

    Time to go back practicing
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  10. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Hurst, tx
    You should probably guard your idea more carefully before someone gets rich off it. Although my idea of a coal powered bass has been around for decades and nobody stole it.

  11. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    easy for me .. i believe batteries are for Flashlights not basses .. !
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  12. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Probably because it would be a lot easier and safer to just use a solar-powered charger for the 9v battery that you would put into the bass.
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  13. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    ....because most bars/clubs/venues have bands inside and at night? Also, 9v batteries aren't expensive and last a long time with active preamps.
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  14. How about solar powered coal miners helmets?
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  15. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
    I guess I won't be seen at this show :roflmao:
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  16. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    You could play under a light that's connected to a solar panel outdoors.
  17. Crash 56

    Crash 56

    Mar 13, 2014
    Spokane, Wa.
    Now if you could come up with a bass that would run on the stench of stale beer, and cheap perfume, you would really have something!
  18. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
  19. They'd all have to be painted green.
  20. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
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