"The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Boutique bass guitar effects pedals that require no battery or power supply. Includes multi-channel boosters and drivers in a compact, aluminium casing with D.I. output.
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"The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Post by Cave Passive Pedals » 14 Dec 2014, 17:24

Hi Guys,

Today I created The Cave Monster pickup. Why call it "Monster"... 'cos it's freaking loud!! (The "Cave" is self explanatory.)

I've been working on this project for a while with varied results, but today was a major breakthrough. The original idea was to create a pickup that would work better than standard units and activate the Cave pedal's circuit to the maximum, but this design has gone well beyond that; the amount of voltage created is incredible.

What I intend to do is modify a bass guitar, equipped with The Cave Monster pickup and on board effects, for a tour. Obviously, the only drawback to a tour of duty like this is the cost of postage!

An alternative option is to demonstrate at the OzBass GTGs...

Your thoughts...? Anyone willing to pay postage...?

Cheers
Heath

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Post by Petebass » 14 Dec 2014, 17:30

I'm curious. Is it single coil, humbucker, soap bar, or split P-bass config?
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Re: "The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Post by Cave Passive Pedals » 14 Dec 2014, 17:33

Petebass wrote:I'm curious. Is it single coil, humbucker, soap bar, or split P-bass config?
Four individual coils, one for each string. At the moment, will not be a simple replacement pickup.

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Re: "The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Post by basshack » 14 Dec 2014, 19:55

You have a PM Heath.
... dial in some "J" to angry it up!

Got gear but little talent!

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Post by basshack » 14 Dec 2014, 21:03

And another PM.
... dial in some "J" to angry it up!

Got gear but little talent!

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Post by BazzBass » 15 Dec 2014, 17:22

what sort of postage cost are we talking about? $70 ?
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Post by KirBass » 15 Dec 2014, 20:07

like

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Post by Cave Passive Pedals » 15 Dec 2014, 20:22

BazzBass wrote:what sort of postage cost are we talking about? $70 ?
Should imagine it will be around $50 to $70. Not sure if that price would include insurance...

What I may do, if it suits Mark or Eden, is get a demonstration bass ready for the Sydney GTG and send it a week or two before the event... or fly down myself with the bass.

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Re: "The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Post by weemac » 15 Dec 2014, 22:02

H,mmm curious....

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Post by rodl2005 » 15 Dec 2014, 22:19

weemac wrote:H,mmm curious....

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Me too 8-)
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Post by rodl2005 » 15 Dec 2014, 22:19

weemac wrote:H,mmm curious....

Eden.
Me too 8-)
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Post by slave » 16 Dec 2014, 08:04

Mee three.

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Post by Macbass » 16 Dec 2014, 15:01

Me four
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Re: "The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Post by Cave Passive Pedals » 17 Dec 2014, 18:15

Hi Guys,

Just a quick update...

This isn't as simple as--take your old pickup out and put the Cave Monster in; there are a few things to consider that "normal" pickups don't have. Much like the new aluminium Fender Lace design, there's an impedance matching circuit; on top of that there's an effects circuit.

The effects circuit comprises of: overdrive, octave up, tone and compression (so far...). Switching between these effects is going to take some thought; don't worry, should all fit into a small cavity... maybe Jazz body size hole etc...?

The whole point of this was to create a pickup that could be matched to the Cave effects circuits, where other pickups failed. Going to the signal source seemed to be the best option.

Another subject to consider, are stereo outputs; one jack for a standard pickup and another for the Cave Monster. When the selected effect is octave, this could be used to create an octave up plus original signal.

Maybe you just want a big output pickup, with no effects circuit...?

More updates to come.

Cheers
Heath

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Re: "The Cave Monster'' Bass Pickup

Post by weemac » 17 Dec 2014, 19:56

Perhaps worth fitting in a special eight string bass....

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