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A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:11 am
by BJG145
I came across this gadget the other day; apparently there's a new version out shortly. It's a special guitar pickup which lets you assign the lowest one or two guitar strings as bass, like a selective octave effect. Billy Gibbons is a fan, and there's also an acoustic version.

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Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:23 am
by blinddrew
That is interesting, but a $250 pick-up is not something you're going to experiment with...

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 10:09 am
by Sam Spoons
My experience of bass on guitar using pitch shifters is that it's very hard to do convincingly, particularly with acoustic guitars which is my need. I have a Boss RC300, a GT3 and a Mooer Pitch pedal, I tried countless others over the years. The RC300 is the best and has a dedicated guitar to bass patch but it's still only just usable with acoustic.

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 11:29 pm
by adrian_k
I was gigging with a Submarine pickup through an MXR octave pedal on my acoustic. Worked pretty well for me. And the submarine is a lot cheaper than the Thunder (think it was about £80).
https://www.submarinepickup.com/

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 9:11 am
by BJG145
...that looks interesting; similar concept. In fact there's been some debate about whether it was A Little Thunder that shut down Submarine's US distribution for patent infringement...

https://www.submarinepickup.com/usa

Both have their pros and cons. Eg Submarine Pro lets you choose any combination of strings, while Thunder offers a low-note-priority option. Submarine simply clips on while Thunder is a a pickup replacement. Thunder has the octave processing built in, while Submarine would let you use any effect on its outputs.

(There's a demo of someone jamming on an acoustic with Submarine bass here. With the Submarine the quality is going to depend on what effect you run it through...but I think the acoustic Thunder demo posted above is pretty hard to beat...)

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 9:39 pm
by Humble Bee
I would love to try this one out. I’ve been researching this (bass on guitar) on and of for years and so far the most convincing (pretty good actually) is Les Paul P90 neck pickup into a T-Rex Quint...

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 11:04 pm
by Humble Bee
And 250 bucks is a bit steep. And I don’t know if I need to replace any of my humbuckers. The submarine concept is much more interesting and much more affordable. I can see that one on my telecaster...
Thanks for the link! :thumbup:

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:55 am
by adrian_k
Having read that link on supposed ‘patent infringement ‘ I wouldn’t have a Little Thunder if you paid me. Don’t like that way of doing business.

Re: A Little Thunder (bass on guitar)

PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 12:41 pm
by blinddrew
Patents. The second most abused of the IP big three...
;)