The Voodoo Switchblade System Revealed - July 9, 2013

The Voodoo Switchblade system has been under wraps for about a year now. Other than the shop prototype, Or Lubianker has the only bass with this switching system.  I figured Or would be the perfect guy to squeeze the most out of what this system is capable of and give us the feedback we need. If you watch the video, I’m sure you’ll agree we’ve got the right guy on the job. So far he’s given it a work out in the extreme chops shows with Marty Friedman, Yossi  Sassi, Dave Lombardo among others.

Technical stuff: there are two coils per pickup which are normally wired together as one. This concept treats each coil separately, routing the 3 bass coils to a single 5-way blade switch and the 3 treble coils to a second 5-way.  The switches can be operated in tandem or independently to open up previously unheard of combinations. (One example would be the bass coil of the bridge pickup combined with treble coil of the neck for an extreme reverse P).   I came up with the idea (in the middle of the night as usual) while working on the details of Or’s Z3 build. Our tech Jeff Frey figured out how to make it happen and Ryan Marshall our go to guy for critical listening offered suggestions and input to improve the system. The system is still in R&D, we’ll gauge feedback based on Or’s video regarding it’s release. If you like the system and would like to see it go into production be vocal about it.

Thanks to Or for putting such a great video together. The man’s a genius!!


  1. John says:

    this is a fantastic innovation, it allows for much more flexibility and to highlight tonal differences,
    this seems to be ABSOLUTELY the right thing to do ESPECIALLY when building dual density bodies, of varying woods, resulting in subtle tonal differences in the bass and treble sides of the instrument ! BUILD IT FOR SURE! :) (and will you make it available for FD3′s in future?)

  2. Eric Kiefer says:

    I’ve followed Or on facebook for quite a while and I saw this video there earlier today. I IMMEDIATELY tried to coerce him into giving me his Z3 and have him ask Sheldon for a replacement. It didn’t work. The concept is brilliant and was executed as flawlessly as possible. I would ask if all 3 pickups are voiced the same, or are they structurally different from one another. Having more than one type (i.e. hotter output, ceramic or alnico, etc) would really open up a world of possibilities. Maybe TOO many possibilities :-)

  3. Bxious says:

    Sweeet, the palette of possibilities gives a chance to get some really original tones, something really creative. I enjoyed listening to this video, a great amount of musical skill and delightful technical informations ;)
    Seems like a great choice for bassists that like to play with their sound.

    P.S. As far as I remember it’s Glockenklang ;)

  4. sheldon says:

    Hi John, thanks for your comments. In talking with Or, I think it might work even better with FD3 pickups.

  5. sheldon says:

    Thanks for your input Eric.

  6. sheldon says:

    Thanks Bxious. Or’s got a great sense of humor.

  7. Darren says:

    P3 pickups……percussive palette of possibilities. Sweet bass.

  8. Peter says:

    Absolutely a must design! If you’re able to due different string tunings as in pitch(Hipshot extenders etc.) doesn’t it make sense that you should be able to utilize different EQ/tonal control between each string and build your own tonal signal characteristics?
    Now take it a step further and expand on the design giving individual control (vol/EQ) over each string and the ability to store those settings and presto…You’ve got the ultimate Bass! You can select a different tonal personality/application at the touch of a button.


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