Introducing A Little Thunder™ - a revolutionary humbucker pickup that adds a bass signal to electric guitars. The addition of the bass feature comes at no physical modifications to your beloved guitar: no drilling, routing, adding extra strings even replacing 9V batteries or using MIDI. Players will simply remove their existing humbucker and with about 5 minutes of installation time, will have the ability to push a button and add bass to their lowest notes, leaving all 6 guitar strings in-tact.
Electric Guitar Clean:
Electric Guitar with A Little Thunder™ engaged:
The controls for the pickup are on-board a custom designed pickup ring, allowing players to turn the bass sound on/off, choose a -1 or -2 octave sound and a polyphonic (2 bass notes at once) or “low note priority mode” (detects the lowest note being played an only applies the effect to that note).
The pickup was conceived, patented and created by Andy Alt (Online marketing director for Steve Vai, Co-founder of GuitarTV.com & current lead guitarist with Drake Bell of Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh”).
10/25/2014 Update: A Little Thunder has met our $35,000 manufacturing goal after just two weeks and have signed the production agreement in Costa Mesa, CA! Thank you for your incredible support & we will be publishing updates as they come in. As a new reward for our backers, if we reach $60,000 on the Kickstarter through all of our sharing and spreading the word, WE WILL PRODUCE 100 EXTRA A Little Thunder Humbuckers TO RANDOMLY GIVEAWAY TO ANYONE WHO PLEDGES $25 OR MORE! **11/7/2014 Update: YOU DID IT!!!! THE KICKSTARTER HAS REACHED $60,000 & NOW 100 EXTRA A Little Thunder Humbuckers WILL BE MADE TO REWARD BACKERS WITH!
A Little Thunder™ uses DSP, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and a unique third method to process the organic signal to arrive with a bass sound. Unlike octave pedals, our pickup detects and converts signals based on frequency, amplitude and an additional methodology that is currently on file with the USPTO (the main patent has already been fully issued). This allows extremely accurate translation and incredibly minimal latency while preserving many of the organic qualities of the string. A Little Thunder™ also processes notes at a much higher sample rate that traditional polyphonic octavers use. The size and power of our mobile phones led us to believe we could achieve outstanding quality without sacrificing play time. With all of that in-place, the fun begins! It's up to you to get creative and experiment with A Little Thunder™
“Prototypes of A Little Thunder have been incredibly fun & addicting to experiment with and now it’s going to be available to anyone who wants to go deep into the depths of the guitar's dark (but beautiful) soul," says Andy. "Metal players can get uber heavy sounds without having to relearn an instrument that has more strings, jazz players can subtly add bass to comp along with their lines; singer-songwriters will sound fuller and my favorite configuration is the duo setting, where two people can sound like much more. The most exciting part is to see what musicians will do with A Little Thunder.”
In this campaign, A Little Thunder™ is seeking to meet our $35,000 fundraising goal to go into production. All intellectual property and R&D has been secured. Rewards for backers include a Steve Vai autographed 1987 Ibanez RG550 prototype, a trip to Disneyland with Drake Bell, guitar lessons with Adam Ross (Rihanna), Pete Thorn, Gretchen Menn, Daniele Gottardo, Alex Noice, limited-edition design by artist and musician Trisha Lurie and many more. Check out the right side of this page to see all rewards. Contact us at email@example.com for additional questions or inquiries.
Risks and challenges
Some of the challenges include meeting our shipping goals with acknowledgement that FCC testing can take a few weeks. We are using pre-approved FCC components so this is not a major concern for us. There may also be some slight design modifications needed for actual production. For example, we all play different shaped and sized guitars. The pickup ring needs to work with flat-top, archtop and as-many-things-in-between guitars. Our engineering team has designed a solution and a custom part which is currently being molded, and thereafter, tooled & produced.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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