To help them find their prey in the dark, most Bat species have developed a remarkable navigation system called echolocation. To understand how echolocation works, imagine an "echo canyon." If you stand on the edge of a canyon and shout "Hello," you'll hear your own voice coming back to you an instant later.
The process that makes this happen is pretty simple. You produced sound by rushing air from your lungs past your vibrating vocal chords. These vibrations caused fluctuations in the rushing air, which formed a sound wave. A sound wave is just a moving pattern of fluctuations in air pressure. The changing air pressure pushes surrounding air particles out and then pulls them back in. These particles then push and pull the particles next to them, passing on the energy and pattern of the sound. In this way, sound can travel long distances through the air. The pitch and tone of the sound are determined by the frequency of the air-pressure fluctuations, which is determined by the way you move your vocal chords.
Now apply this technique to the Bass Guitar. But change the vocal chords gage to a thiner gage (.030 to .080), and then add a Kahler whammy bar, and a Capo every now and then, and even an Ebow to it. Or take a six string lead guitar and have it configured into a Four String Lead Bass guitar with only four strings as E, A, D, and G. Run your vocal chords through Seven different amplifiers and split the sound. Take those Seven amps and use vintage and modern Kustom amps to produce your sound. Lets have Two amps being Lead channel, Three amps for the Middle channel, and Two amps being a Bass channel.
Take those Seven amps and set them up like a home entertainment system to create a Visual Aduio for the Live Performance. Lead Stereo channel, Rhythm Stereo channel, and Bass Stereo channel is the visual audio. The Lead Stereo channel has only two effects, Reverb and The Double Cross head with 8x12 cab and a vintage 1970 Kustom K200B-4 with 2x15 and a BullFrog Horn. Each amp has a specific channel for a specific sound and effect. So instead of layering the effects on one amplifier, add bass on top of trebble, on top of delay, on top of reverb, they all become seperate for each amplifier. Add two different effects boards for the Middle and Bass channels. Now add a three Wah pedals (Boss ME-20B, Morely Bad Horsie 2, and a Morley Dragon 2), one for the Bass, the Middle channel, and lead channel that can be played at the same time! Fot the Middle channel use a Steve Vai Mad Horsie II, and on the Bass channel use the Wah pedal on the Boss effects pedal, and the lead channel use the Morley Dragon 2, now use them at the same time and your ears see the audio being produced!
The Bass channel is stereo, and has a vintage 1968 Kustom K200 Bass Amp with updated two Eminence 15" speakers and a 1971 Kustom K250A-4 Lead Amp with an Eminence Red Coat 15" speaker and 15" x 5" horn. The Lead Stereo channel has a Kustom Double Cross amp with two Kustom Pro 412B, one Kustom Pro 412A cabinets, and a vintage Kustom 1970 Kustom K200B-4 with 2x15 speakers, and one 15" horn is also stereo. The Middle Channel is also stereo, and has one Kustom High Voltage HV100THD amps with one Kustom HV 412B speaker cabinets with four Celestion 12" speakers, and one Kustom High Voltage HV100THD amp with two Kustom PRO 412B cabs with four Celestion 12", and a Kustom KG100HFX amp with a KG 412 cab.
For stage setup the Bass Stereo channel amps are set one on each side of the stage. The Kustom 200 Bass amp is set on the far left and the Kustom K250A-4 is set to the far right. The Rhythm Stereo channel Kustom High Voltage HV100 and speaker cabinets are set on the inside of the two bass channel amps, and the Kustom KG100HFX set in the center of the stage. The Lead Stereo channel is the Double Cross and the K200B-4 cabs are set in the center of them all.
So whats behind this re-engineering of the Bat? The Bass guitars with light gage strings have now become a Four String Lead Bass Guitar, and the NEW Emulated Bass Guitar 6/ELB4 Washburn Washington Hollow Body, and the 6/ELB4 XS Washburn XS guitars have now become Emulated Lead Bass guitars, with separate Stereo Effects Channels and Triple Wah-Wah pedals, Seven seperate sounds, with 1050 Watts through 5 x 15", Two Horns, and 24 x 12" speakers. The prey will not get away in the dark as the mind now hears seperate sounds in stereo instead of a blurr of noise! What you now hear is Bat EchoLocation Visual Audio 7.1
Tonal and Music influences come from Duane Eddy, Frank Zappa, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Gang of Four, Kim Simmonds, The Screaming Blue Messiahs, Screamin Jay Hawkins, The Fall of Troy, Every Time I Die, and many more
All Guitar conversions have been done by Nate DeMont of Demont Guitars www.demontguitars.com
The Kustom vintage Foot Switches made bt Jim Carrol of Chicago Amps www.chicagoamps.com
Look for the next project guitar which will be an Emulated Bass 6 string made from a Hollow Body Jazz Guitar
2014 the release of Bat EchoLocation, "Hangin Tree "
Here are videos of the live recoding of the CD "Hangin' Tree".
This is the camera audio/video, NOT the studio board! Here are songs with NO overdubs, played LIVE through all Kustom amps and setup as 3 three different channels using Triplers, and amps are Tube and Solid State, from vintage to new, employing a controlled toneal feedback and sustain. A lead channel, a Rhythm channel, and a Bass channel. Notice the 3 Wah Wah pedals. 1050 Watts, 24x12, 6x15, and 1x15 horn, powered by Kustom heads, (1) Double Cross, (2) HV100THD, (1) KG100HFX, (1) 1968 Kustom 200 Bass, (1) 1971 Kustom 250A-4, and (1) 1970 Kustom K200B-4
Hangin Tree Title Song
Autumn Leaves Made of Glass Acoustic Bass Song
Watch for the "Masters of Thunderous Disasters" tour in Illinois
The World's Loudest Four String Emulated Lead Bass Player