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John Brown to introduce merge of Kahler tremolo and MIDI for bass

Brown’s Guitar Factory has discovered how to merge a Kahler bass tremolo system with acoustic and MIDI saddles that can track and sound as accurate as the best performing keyboard synthesizers on the market. The system will be showcased at Winter NAMM show 2010, booth #3383 (hall D).
Master Luthier, John Brown of Brown’s Guitar Factory has successfully created what many musicians have been asking for: "Can you make my Kahler piezo MIDI compatible?" By developing proprietary saddle pieces that integrate Graphtech’s Acousti-phonic System, piezo elements and Hexpander Systems; along with the original Kahler saddle set, Brown’s Guitar Factory is now ready to ship these retrofits and installations.
As a performing musician himself, John Brown recognized the demand and the potential for such a feature but it took years of research, development, prototyping, trial and error before he was finally able to share his latest revisions with a select few. Fine tuned and on track, Brown’s Guitar Factory will be working with retailers and repair shops to provide the service and installation of the conversion but allow the retailer to capture the sale of the hardware such as the bridge and GraphTech Systems.
Likewise, Brown’s Guitar Factory is also looking to work with other luthiers, OEMs and directly with customers. “Our goal is to make sure we can provide this feature to any and all who want it, in a way that everyone can benefit,” commented John Brown.
The trick lies in the retrofit of the saddles, this is where the proprietary pieces and shape come into play, maintaining a consistent downward pressure of the string while the bridge device rotates back and forth. This provides uninterrupted tracking and superior tone. With the combination of the three systems, a bass player’s palette is now greatly expanded. This conversion system is available for four, five and six string basses.
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