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Revolutionary Humbucker Pickup adds Bass to Electric Guitars. No routing, 9V, MIDI etc. Seeks to Shake Up Game for All Genres of Music.
Revolutionary Humbucker Pickup adds Bass to Electric Guitars. No routing, 9V, MIDI etc. Seeks to Shake Up Game for All Genres of Music.
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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.

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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!

Technology

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 info@alittlethunder.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.

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    Digital download of "Monsters of Echo Park" - the first studio recording with the current A Little Thunder prototype @ 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, CA (Incubus, Muse). This is a live recording so you'll hear how bass + guitar + vocals + drums interact using A Little Thunder™

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    Digital download of "Monsters of Echo Park" - the first studio recording with the A Little Thunder prototype + a special thank you on our website's "Friends of A Little Thunder" page + bonus video footage with A Little Thunder™ + pass to our NAMM party January 2015 in Anaheim, CA

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    A Little Thunder™ Electric Guitar Pickup - Make music with the pickup months before anyone else & enjoy a 20% discount from retail prices.

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    Two (2) A Little Thunder™ Electric Guitar Pickups - This option is for ordering more than one pickup as KIckstarter will only permit one reward/campaign. Both pickups are the same. Make music with the pickup months before anyone else & enjoy a 20% discount from retail prices. - If you want to order more than two, please contact us at info@alittlethunder.com and we will create a reward that reflects how many you wish to order.

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    A Little Thunder™ pickup + Guitar Lesson with Adam Ross (Rihanna/MKTO). Lesson is available in-person in Los Angeles and elsewhere via Skype. http://www.adamrossmusic.com

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    A Little Thunder™ pickup + Guitar lesson with jazz musician, Alex Noice. Lesson is available in-person in Los Angeles and elsewhere via Skype.

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    A Little Thunder™ pickup + Guitar Lesson with Daniele Gottardo, an incredible virtuoso with the most incredible technique. Lesson is available in-person in San Francisco for the next several months before he returns to Italy, and elsewhere after via Skype. Daniele is just.this.good: http://bit.ly/ALTDanieleLesson - This reward also includes a pass to A Little Thunder's NAMM Party in Anaheim, CA - January 2015

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    Three (3) A Little Thunder™ Electric Guitar Pickups - This option is for ordering more than one pickup as Kickstarter will only permit one reward/campaign. All 3 pickups are the same; for use in multiple guitars. Make music with the pickup months before anyone else & enjoy a 20% discount from retail prices. - If you want to order more than three, please contact us at info@alittlethunder.com and we will create a reward that reflects how many you wish to order.

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    Spend the day at Disneyland with Drake Bell (Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh). Bell loves Disneyland and you'll be taken on the best tour of the park in the world. Andy might tag along, he's never been #public shaming

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    Limited edition Trisha Lurie designed A Little Thunder™ pickup. Choose between skull, beautiful girl or thunderbolt for your design. Limited to 15. https://flic.kr/ps/2sZiNf

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    A Little Thunder™ pickup + Lunch with benevolent guitar tech, Thomas Nordegg (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, John Petrucci, Missing Persons, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page etc). Thomas has beautiful stories and you won't soon forget a single word. Lunch is in Los Angeles at a place Thomas chooses. Andy may tag along and live tweet it.

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    NAMM 2014 Party Pass + A Little Thunder™ pickup. You're rolling with us Saturday night January 24, 2015. Whatever happens in Anaheim, stays in Anaheim!

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    A Little Thunder™ pickup + Guitar Lesson with Gretchen Menn (Gretchen Menn Trio, Zepparella). Lesson is available in-person in San Francisco and elsewhere via Skype. Gretchen is a wonderful musician, person and friend! http://bit.ly/ALTGretchenMennLesson - This rewards also includes a pass to A Little Thunder's NAMM Party in Anaheim, CA - January 2015

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    A Little Thunder™ pickup + Guitar Lesson with Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cornell, Don Henley, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, Mylène Farmer, Guitar Nerd solo record & endless gear demos, Suhr PT100 Signature Amplifier etc). Pete is an incredible musician/personality and has generously offered a special guitar lesson for our Kickstarter campaign. Lesson is available in-person in Los Angeles while Pete is not on tour and elsewhere after via Skype. Pete rules! http://bit.ly/ALTPeteThornLesson

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    Steve Vai autographed 1987 RG 550 Ibanez Prototype in Road Flare Red with A Little Thunder™ serial #00002 (either installed or in a case w/original neck pickup included in hardshell case). The autograph is nested inside Steve's artwork. It's really, really, really flipping cool. Guitar will be setup by Thomas Nordegg to spec before it ships.

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    The "Guitar Builders" Package gives you a pallet of 50 packaged A Little Thunder units to use in your (independent builder's) guitars. Full support is available and the price includes 2-day shipping. This prize is limited to US residents or companies only. For questions, please email us at the support contact listed at the bottom of this page.

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