(I just wanna start by saying I'm not sure this is the right section for this post, I just couldn't find a better one so I decided to post it here) Hi everyone! Last night I just couldn't sleep, so I started thinking about a DIY version of the famous V-bass system by roland. (for those who don't know, check it out here) Ok so basically I just can't understand why it costs that much, I've heard it's around 1500$ which, in my opinion is just too much. So the other night I was like....why not try to make one of my own? I know I won't get anything that will be sounding that nice and probably will get lots of added noise that you don't have with the original, but seriously...I don't really care that much, I just need a hobby for the summer. So basically I decided to ask you guys help, mainly for the pickups part, not the processing system, as this last part seems pretty doable to me, with a little effort of course. The hard part would be getting information about what string and fret is being played by the bass and then you just associate it with a pre-recorded sound on an sd-card and play it. I have already used atmega-based (atmegas are microcontrollers, basically small processors that can be programmed with a computer to execcute "stuff") sound boards and the sound plays instantly when you want it too so, as long as the playbacking of sound is concerned, latency shouldn't be a problem. Now...as I said before...pickups? Any idea on what I could use? I've seen that the v-bass uses so called "divided pickups" which, as far as the name suggests, should give you a divided signal for each string, right? Theirs cost like 250$. Still too much for me If they're just divided and that's it ( = no other electronic circuit inside or conversion of any kind ) couldn't it be done with any regular pickup? Instead of having a single cable come out of them you'd just need to separate the coils and have a wire coming out of each one and a common ground wire. Alternatives would be...cheap MIDI or cheap divided pickups? Any info about those? ...well i guess that's it for today. Sorry if the post looks like a mess, hope you'll excuse me. If you have any other idea please tell me!