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Ashbory: Technical Topics / Re: bridge/pickup assembly
« on: March 24, 2012, 05:10:48 AM »
The bridge assembly for an Ashbory is two pieces. The large fixed section that the knotted ends of the strings fit into and which is fastened to the body of the bass has a relatively deep vertical slot in it.  The vertical comb portion over which the strings pass is held in place by some sort of flexible black mastic.  The piezo element is somewhere at the bottom of that groove, under the comb, amidst the mastic.

About a year or so ago I was able to obtain two Ashbory bridge assemblies (no pickup) from here:

Probably not useful in your design, but they may give you ideas as to how the original was put together.

@ProDigit: Take a look here and you'll see what I mean by the "nature" of the piezo element.

Since piezo cable is used for under-saddle pickups I suspect that may be what is used in the Ashbory, but if it's in a rectangular block then it's difficult to tell.

What is the nature of the piezo element?  Film?  Coax cable?  Other?

Ashbory: Technical Topics / Re: String life
« on: January 05, 2011, 10:22:04 PM »
There is no rhyme nor reason to why, where, when or how the silicone strings break.  Death, taxes, and a two-piece G-string (that's an oxymoron if ever there were one) are immutable facts of life...

Any way to add Captcha (sp?) or something similar to enable posting and (hopefully) limit it to sentient beings?

Just got two bridge/saddle assemblies (without pickups) from Fender, with the intention of trying to build some sort of undersaddle transducer.  Given the disparity in size between the saddle and the slot in the bridge that accepts it, it's obvious that there is a lot of stuff filling that space in a stock Ashbory bridge assembly.  Some of it would be the pickup, and the area immediately surrounding the saddle is some sort of black rubbery substance.  Is that it -- piezo pickup and flexible filler?  Or is there more in there than meets the casual eye?

Thanks for your time.

Ashbory: General Topics / Re: Old Vs New strings
« on: June 11, 2010, 02:44:13 AM »
Just curious -- the low tension/short scale pahoehoe strings have somewhat smaller diameters than the regular silicone strings.  Has anyone tried stringing the Ashbory with pahoehoes that more closely approximate the silicone sizes?  Is there a reason why this wouldn't work properly or wouldn't produce an adequate sound or sustain?

Ashbory: Playing Techniques / Re: How to begin?
« on: March 21, 2010, 02:14:41 AM »
Wiley --

Thanks for the response.  I don't necessarily consider it moving to the "dark side" (bwahahahahahahahahaha)...

So the same techniques in books designed for regular bass guitars apply as well to the Ashbory (except smaller finger movements and spans)?

Ashbory: Playing Techniques / Re: How to begin?
« on: March 20, 2010, 02:30:04 PM »
So everyone here picked up the Ashbory as a second instrument (you already played bass)?

Ashbory: Playing Techniques / How to begin?
« on: March 18, 2010, 02:42:09 AM »
I am a brass player looking to become a bass player as well.  I bought an Ashbory in part because I've been intrigued by it since first seeing one of the original Guilds several years ago, in part because it looked (relatively) easy to learn, and in part because the price was right.  I realize that the extremely short scale and lack of frets makes it significantly different from your garden variety bass guitar, and places greater importance upon your ear to tell you if what you're playing is in fact in tune.  That's fine; I'm up to a challenge.

What is the best way for me to begin to learn how to play this little beast, and how should I progress from there?

Thanks for your time.

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