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    Good to hear from you!Yes, mine will be entirely built from the ground up specifically for the purpose of being a fully polyphonic midi bass, while at the same time being aesthetically pleasing, having great playability, and a killer tone.I come at this from the wood angle, not the electronics side... i built my first instrument (a classical guitar) 20 years ago, and in addition to my hobby projects, i have spent around 8 years employed by a well known maker of electric basses and guitars... so.... ive got the mechanical side of things covered.Building a carbon fibre neck will be a first for me, but i remain convinced it is the only way to go if i want to have nicely hidden wire-runs and not sacrifice neck stiffness.I am currently mulling over a few different options for getting a...

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    Good to hear from you!Yes, mine will be entirely built from the ground up specifically for the purpose of being a fully polyphonic midi bass, while at the same time being aesthetically pleasing, having great playability, and a killer tone.I come at this from the wood angle, not the electronics side... i built my first instrument (a classical guitar) 20 years ago, and in addition to my hobby projects, i have spent around 8 years employed by a well known maker of electric basses and guitars... so.... ive got the mechanical side of things covered.Building a carbon fibre neck will be a first for me, but i remain convinced it is the only way to go if i want to have nicely hidden wire-runs and not sacrifice neck stiffness.I am currently mulling over a few different options for getting all the fret segments done, and done well...The current "promising" idea involves soldering the hookup wires (5 per fret) to the bottom of the tang using a licator jig id make on my maketspace's cnc. The fret slots will be cut on the cnc as well, with thru-holes located appropriately. Then the fret board is fretted like normal. The final step: mount the fretboard back on the cnc, and with the smallest endmill that will do the job, slowly cut through the frets, one by one to electrically seperate them.I have only scratched the surface of the whole arduino thing... just enough to know that it is possible and that there are options... an awful lot of learning syill to come.

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  • DIY Guitar Midi Controller (a.k.a. "Guitorgan")

    Lol... i put up a reply, looked like it got deleted, so i rewrote it. Lol... they both say more or less the same thing. Id delete one of them if i could, but that doesnt seem to be an option. .

    Are you still currently working on this project, or have you shemved it? I found this page while doing research for my project... Which is essentially identical to yours.I am hoping to solve polyphonic problem though. If i cant find a decent way through the programming, i fear i will have to go with segnented frets. (Major pain! A wooden neck wont have enough strength after having wire channels carved out... segmented frets will mean i need to make a carbon fibre neck)I am also planning to use piezos for each string to generate the attack, sustain, and decay data...I would love to hear your thoughts!

    This is pretty awesome. I came across this because i am pursuing the same thing (arduino based 5 stting Midi-Bass).Are you still making improvements to this project, or have you shelved it?I am hoping to differ from yoyrs in a few ways... 1) i really really want it to be fully polyphonic... i'd love to find a way to solve it using standard frets, but i fear i may have to go with segmented frets, and a whole lot of wiring... (meaning it will have to be a carbon fibre neck if i have to run all those wires inside)2) i plan to use the string/fret switches to determine note values, but not play the notes: i plan to incorpirate puezo transducers for each string to generate the volume, sustain and decay data.Beyond that, who knows?!!! Id love to hear where you are at with yours, or even...

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    This is pretty awesome. I came across this because i am pursuing the same thing (arduino based 5 stting Midi-Bass).Are you still making improvements to this project, or have you shelved it?I am hoping to differ from yoyrs in a few ways... 1) i really really want it to be fully polyphonic... i'd love to find a way to solve it using standard frets, but i fear i may have to go with segmented frets, and a whole lot of wiring... (meaning it will have to be a carbon fibre neck if i have to run all those wires inside)2) i plan to use the string/fret switches to determine note values, but not play the notes: i plan to incorpirate puezo transducers for each string to generate the volume, sustain and decay data.Beyond that, who knows?!!! Id love to hear where you are at with yours, or even see some video!

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