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tree63
Junior
Username: tree63

Post Number: 13
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post

I just ordered green LEDs for my Series I bass. They're from fretfx.com. Has anybody used these add-on LEDs...they fit on the side of the neck (no mods, no tools)...they have some sort of adhesive...

It's been really hard for me to see my neck when we play at this one club...so I thought these might help...less than 100 bucks...I chose green because they seem more "organic" than red or blue...plus, I'm color blind making red hard to see....the blue seemed too intense of a color...so green it is...any thoughts....thanks
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Advanced Member
Username: thumbsup

Post Number: 236
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:48 pm:   Edit Post

You'll love them...put a set on my Rouge for same reason as you are. Dont even notice them when scaling the neck

very easy to install..I will have a set on any of my basses that don't have factory side LEDs.
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Advanced Member
Username: thumbsup

Post Number: 237
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:57 pm:   Edit Post

Not trying to hijack....
But I was also wondering if anyone knew if the color of factory installed LEDs can be easiled changed?
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Advanced Member
Username: thumbsup

Post Number: 238
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:57 pm:   Edit Post

Not trying to hijack....
But I was also wondering if anyone knew if the color of factory installed LEDs can be easiled changed?
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4744
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

I believe changing the color of Alembic factory installed LEDs would require removing the fingerboard. I suspect that isn't cheap.

Bill, tgo
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1544
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 7:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi tree63,
I have three Alembics, one with red factory LEDs and two with Fret FX (one red, them other blue). I love them and can't imagine going without them on stage. You've made a good decision. Congratulations!
Mike
jack
Advanced Member
Username: jack

Post Number: 268
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 8:12 am:   Edit Post

Have Fret FXs on both my Alembics - love 'em (although I will say I much prefer the older battery housing/switch but hey, so far no problems with the new....)
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 543
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

My first Alembic had side LEDs. I loved having them there so much that I've included that option on both of the customs that I've ordered. They look great and serve a very useful purpose.

"Not trying to hijack....
But I was also wondering if anyone knew if the color of factory installed LEDs can be easiled changed?"

They would have to remove the fretboard and replace all the bulbs. Which may also require a refinish once the surgery is done. Roughly speaking I'd imagine you're going to be looking at $2000 if they don't have to refinish afterwards.
wideload
Intermediate Member
Username: wideload

Post Number: 166
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

FretFX are addicting, and you soon won't want to even tune without them on! Price is main factor, since retrofitting my bass would be large dollars and long time away from home. They are fragile, as in the can be damaged by well-meaning friends who pick up your bass without knowing how and where to hold. The good news is you get to try a new color if that happens!
murray
Junior
Username: murray

Post Number: 32
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

In the UK, we have Martin Simms who retrofits at sensible prices (320 for side fit last time I checked). I had them on my Orion and Martin Simms suggested red at that time (2000) as the colour that stood out best, although that is personal I guess. The retrofit is great - as we say in UK - you can't see the join.
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1503
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post

murray had mine done a couple of years ago..certainly a show stopper here in Teesside.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4745
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 7:56 pm:   Edit Post

I think there are other colors that "strand out" more than red, especially the bright blue LEDs. The thing with red is that it doesn't negatively affect your night vision, so you can still see your pedals, amp settings, etc. on a dark stage. The other colors will cause your pupils to contract and you won't be able to see as well in the dark.

Bill, tgo
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1337
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post

For my tastes and needs, leds are essential. All my black basses have them in red. My new Status was also ordered with them. I always know where I am on a dark stage. I'm awaiting my 10er which also has the side leds in red. I'm amazed that the larger companies haven't caught on to the idea as well.

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