Types of Pickups For Violin Bass Guitar
A violin bass guitar has a lot of parts that need to be lubricated from time to time. Many times the strings get stringed too tightly and/or the violin bow has to be tightened. When this happens, the nut which holds the strings in position loosens, allowing the strings to go out of tune or even break. Music stores sell music books with music theory at the back. Buyers should know what each part does and the music theory behind each piece of equipment.
Pickups And Cases Music makers use different types of pickups and cases for their basses. Neck Dive Pickups: A neck dive pickup is made like a big cone head with a large magnet on the front. This magnet attracts the guitar pick up, which then attracts the strings. The neck dive pickup traps the energy of the note, resulting in a fuller bass sound.
Hobo Heater Cabinet: Most violin bass guitarists prefer a set of 12 inch speakers mounted to a cabinet. The cabinet has holes drilled all around it so that the cables can be run through it. Most violinists like to mount their cabinets on their floor. Most guitar players like to buy a set of multi-purpose speakers with a subwoofer for practice. But, most musicians also like to buy a hofner ignition and place the speaker box over their computer.
Cabinet: Most violinists who play with other musicians find it very helpful to have a dedicated "hardwood" pickup for their instrument. "Hardwood" pickups are made of solid wood and are not hollow like the magnetized variety. Because they are solid, they require no electricity for operating and require very little maintenance. They can be tuned as accurately as a magnet pickup and provide much more flexibility in the way that they can be used.
Chrome Bridge: A chrome bridge is an upgrade for the classical guitarist. Usually used on classical guitars that have a lot of high-end resonance, the chrome bridge produces a much smoother tone when the volume control is turned up. It produces a richer sound than a solid bridge. It is ideal for producing a rich classical tone on a classical guitar.
Single-Coil Pickup: Other types of guitars can be fitted with single-coil pickups. However, this is not recommended for violin basses. The low frequencies produced by the violin combine with the vibrations from the strings to produce vibrato. This can lead to a situation where the pick ups will not resonate well or produce a clear tone. That's why most electric guitarists avoid the use of single-coil pickups on their violin basses.
Fender String Pickups: There are also fender style pickups available. These are usually called "stomp-pickups". They have a round body and have volume control knobs that set the level of the sound that is produced. There are also "buzz" types of stomp-picks that produce a less continuous tone instead of a sharp single-coil pickup. They are ideal for producing a rock type of tone on the lower ranges of strings.
Custom Guitar Pickups: There are custom made pickups for bass instruments that are made to order using special materials. They will most likely be louder than stock pickups but will also create a more defined tone. There are also fender style pickups available for purchase. Fender basses typically have their own tone stack so they can be easily changed to suit the players needs.
Maple Strings: Maple has a rich, warm tone that comes from the heartwood of the tree. It is very responsive to playing and is considered one of the most versatile wood types for a violin shaped bass guitar. The maple neck is often joined in a drop neck style so it may be difficult to place a bolt on the neck directly. This often causes headaches due to the constant adjustment needed to get the neck in position.
Low-end Pickups: Pickups are available in a variety of different styles, sizes and shapes. A good bass boost is important to get a great tone on your instrument. There are several different types of pickups used to achieve this goal. Most instruments will do well with a low-end output. However, some basses are made with a certain amount of treble boost so it's a good idea to try different combinations and experiment with sounds.
Playing a violin bass can be an incredibly expressive and fun musical instrument to play. It's an instrument that gives a sense of depth and clarity. As a musician, you want your sound to reflect your true personality and not be distracted by playing something just for the sake of playing it. By using the correct type of bass guitar pickups, a person can get a great sound on their instrument.