Sorry about the deceiving thumbnail, but you know you've all wanted to play a double neck guitar, with one neck as a bass and one as a regular guitar. Wait, how would that even work? It's kinda lost on me, and likely just one of those "cool" guitars to have. Unless you REALLY like bass solos?
But anyway, there may be something on the horizon for those guitar players who want more low end, but refuse to have a bass player in their band. After all, we all know, thanks to the incredibly wise words of studio master Glenn Fricker of SpectreSoundStudios, that bass players are useless!
So if your bass player just got their feelings hurt by you showing them that video and has now quit your band, or if you refuse to FIND a bass player period, or since you can't clone yourself to play the bass while you shred away on your six string; there may STILL [somehow] be hope! While this new thing won't take care of the drums (you can always buy a drum machine for that), it WILL supposedly fulfill and replicate those low notes, without ruining all those lovely high notes which constitute your brilliant guitar performance!
How?! Well, it's a brand new pickup you can install in your guitar called "A Little Thunder"! It is built to fit in your existing humbucker sized pickup cavity, and adds a bass signal to the low 2 strings, while still preserving the signal of all six!
GuitarWorld explains HERE:
The three controls are on the custom-designed pickup ring: an on/off switch, a -1 or -2 octave switch and a polyphonic (two bass notes at once) or “low note priority” mode (The pickup detects the lowest note being played and applies the bass effect only to that note).
Because the technology is housed within the pickup, players will experience virtually no latency or tracking issues, which they might experience with external technologies, such as octave pedals.
It is hard to say if this thing really plans to oust the almighty Octave Pedal! After all, most of the demos sound exactly like the DigiTech Whammy pedal on the -1 or -2 octave setting. Plus that pedal gives you far more versatility, and does not require you to gut your axe, leaving you tone-bound with a defaulted humbucker. So if you have a signature pickup preference, this thing will probably be a no go. But to travel light to a gig, to keep your rig "simple", or to do something just totally different, this thing totally takes the cake! In fact, it is safe to say that the uses of this pedal may hardly be known yet. You know how creative musicians can be... What would Tom Morello do with this?
If you would like to learn more about this new technology, or contribute to its Kickstarter campaign, watch this video to learn more!
Pictures courtesy of aliexpress.com and the folks at A Little Thunder