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Just wondering if anyone has had these fitted and what the results are like?
Also, anyone know how they do it without removing the fret-board?

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I was at looking at something earlier with a strip of LEDs - had a quick look but couldn't find it...I'll persevere.

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[quote name='Billy Apple' timestamp='1461012257' post='3030704']
Would they not go up the truss rod channel?
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The cabling could foul the operation of the truss rod I guess. I read in the past that lathes similar to those used in gun making (long drills as mentioned above) are used to make the channels for the cabling and LEDs.

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[quote name='Billy Apple' timestamp='1461010701' post='3030679']
Just wondering if anyone has had these fitted and what the results are like?
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The results are very very good indeed!

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[quote name='TheGreek' timestamp='1461011468' post='3030689']
I was at looking at something earlier with a strip of LEDs - had a quick look but couldn't find it...I'll persevere.
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FretFX?

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Martin is a class act with regards to fitting LEDs.

He goes in via the side of the neck, lower side.

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I have a Warwick Thumb that was fitted with front and side leds about 18 years ago. Can't see anything on the neck to indicate how it is done.
Never had any problems. I wonder though if the sides ones are leds or fibre optics.

Edited by goingdownslow

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Each to his own, but I've had several basses with them fitted (not by me I hasten to add) and I can't remember ever actually using them. I haven't gigged for a few years though so maybe things have changed in the meantime... :unsure: Or maybe I just wasn't good enough to be doing the kind of gigs that would require them. :rolleyes:

I would add that they were fitted to the side of the fretboard so that I could see them but the audience couldn't (which I've always thought was the main reason for having them at all - otherwise it's just bling IMHO). Also very expensive to fit and even more expensive to repair if they go wrong.

Edited by leftybassman392

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I have Fretfx on one of my basses and have had them on several others, it is the non surgical and totally removable solution that works very very well, highly recommended and substantially cheaper than the sims route.

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I've got SimS LEDs in my Sei - bloody awesome things, plus they add a crucial element of showbiz to proceedings, with the added advantage of giving this overweight 40-something bloke something to hide behind. :D

However, maybe the era of LEDs is coming to an end - I think fibre optics are the new coolest thing... http://www.noshadowsoptics.com

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Bernie down at GB Basses does a sound to light built into the bass:

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um--AdrSfBo"]http://www.youtube....h?v=Um--AdrSfBo[/url]

Edited by TheGreek

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I knew I'd see something somewhere:

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281984874580?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT"]http://www.ebay.co.u...K%3AMEBIDX%3AIT[/url]

http://www.fretlord.com/FRET_OPTIX_Fiber_Optic_Fret_Position_Markers_p/frtoptx.htm

$20.00 +P&P

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[quote name='Dropzone' timestamp='1461234813' post='3032663']
Wow, I need those in my life. I dread to think how much though!!!
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http://www.gbguitars.co.uk/gb_leds_stl.asp
A mere £1280...probably explains why you don't see them very often..

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[quote name='TheGreek' timestamp='1461254287' post='3032960']
I knew I'd see something somewhere:

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281984874580?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT"]http://www.ebay.co.u...K%3AMEBIDX%3AIT[/url]

[url="http://www.fretlord.com/FRET_OPTIX_Fiber_Optic_Fret_Position_Markers_p/frtoptx.htm"]http://www.fretlord....s_p/frtoptx.htm[/url]

$20.00 +P&P
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Aye. Trouble is the battery covers up Stuarts art-work.

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[quote name='goingdownslow' timestamp='1461056129' post='3030929']
I have a Warwick Thumb that was fitted with front and side leds about 18 years ago. Can't see anything on the neck to indicate how it is done.
Never had any problems. I wonder though if the sides ones are leds or fibre optics.
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If I shine a torch on the front marker the side one lights up, so I presume they are only fibre optics, which makes me now wonder about the pricing which says front and side leds.
I wonder if it too late to get on to trading standards over this.

[attachment=219106:Sims Leds..JPG]

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[quote name='goingdownslow' timestamp='1462890063' post='3046671']
If I shine a torch on the front marker the side one lights up, so I presume they are only fibre optics, which makes me now wonder about the pricing which says front and side leds.
I wonder if it too late to get on to trading standards over this.

[attachment=219106:Sims Leds..JPG]
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Hmm, well Sims tell me they can install front and side LED's that can switch independently, so I don't see how that would work if it was all one connected system?

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