Bat EchoLocation

The World's Loudest Four String Lead Emulated Bass Player

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

Dennis Bat

Watch for the "Masters of Thunderous Disasters" tour in Illinois

The World's Loudest Four String Emulated Lead Bass Player

2001 Black Beauty Hollow Body, Washburn Model Washington Lead Guitar with a Bigsby that has been converted to a Emulated Lead Bass configuration. A new nut has been made with the Bass spacing, a Bass Bridge has been added, and the Bixsby has been converted. A 5 position varitone, and a 2 position pickup switch has been added giving this 6/ELB4 over 35 different sound settings, not including volumes and tone knobs. This Washburn Hollow Body also has something no other guitar on the market has. With the custom pick guards installed it still has functional "F" holes. The pick guards Do No cover the "F" holes. It has the strings as a Bass guitar of E, A, D, and G, but they are Lead Guitar strings. The E string is .048 to .020 G. It is now designated as a 6/LB4 WW Washburn Emulated Lead Bass guitar.
2010 Washburn XS Model MGY Lead Guitar that has been converted to a Emulated Lead Bass configuration. A new nut has been made with the Bass spacing and a Bass Bridge has been added to the tremelo. It has the strings as a Bass guitar of E, A, D, and G, but they are Lead Guitar strings. The E string is .065 to .025 G. It is now designated as a 6/ELB4 XS Washburn Emulated Lead Bass guitar.
2012 Washburn AB10 Acoustic Lead Bass Guitar, Custom pick guards, with RotoSound 66 Electric Strings, .045 to .090
2012 Yamaha RXB 374 Lead Bass with RotoSound 66 strings
2002 Yamaha RB 374 Lead Bass Guitar with RotoSound 66 Flat wound strings
2012 Epiphone Goth Thunderbird Lead Bass Guitar with RotoSound 66 strings
2012 Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV Lead Bass Guitar with RotoSound 66 strings .030 to .085, with a Kahler Whammy Bar installed
1972 Gibson EB3 Lead Bass with RotoSound 66 strings
The newest edition in spring of 2014 is the Ampeg Devil Lead Bass
1968 Kustom 200B with two 15" Emminence speakers for the bass channel
1971 Kustom K250A-4 with one 15" Emminence Red Coat speaker and a Kuatom Horn for the bass channel
2011 Kustom HV100THD amp with two HV412B cabs for the lead channel
2011 Kustom HV100THD amp with two Kustom PRO 412B cabs for the lead channel
2011 Kustom KGFX100 with 412A cab for the clean channel
2010 Kustom Double Cross with one PRO 412A, and two Pro 412B cabinets for the main lead channel!! Screamer to the max!!
This is a 1970 Kustom K200B-4 amp paired with the Double Cross on the main lead channel. It's a Black Model 2J+1H-4. Features Reverb, Vibrato, Harmonic Clipper Selective Boost. Reverb on one side/ Harmonic Clipper Selective Boost on the other side. (Like two amps in one.) 1 Low input, 1 High input on each side. Speakers are 2 Kustom 15's. 1 Kustom Bullfrog. Like what John Fogerty and CCR used to record Suzy Q!
The Kustom Wall of Visual Audio
The Lead Channel Foot Swithches for the Double Cross, (2) HV100THD, Kustom K250A-4, Kustom K200B-4, and Kustom KGFX100
The Lead Channel Pedals: Morely Tripler, Morely A&B switch, Morely George Lynch Dragon 2, Hardwire Tremelo, and Mod Tone Atomic Phaser II

The top row is the Bass Channel pedals and the bottom row is the Rhythm Channel pedals. The Pedals: the George Lynch Tripler, the Steve Vai Mad Horsie 2, Hardwire Reverb, Time Pro Delay, and the Boss SD-1 runs the the Rhythm Channel. The Boss ME20B (with Wah), the 1980 Japanese Loco Box, Arion Digital Delay, and the Boss Bass Chourus run the bass channel. Thissetup allows the operation of two Wahs at the same time running through multiple channels! Awesome!!

 

 

The World's Loudest Four String Lead Emulated Bass Player

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