here's another post for the dorks out there. i was playing my friend mike's rickenbacker bass and i've always noticed the two inputs. and every time i play the thing i try both inputs and i am constantly confused by them. so i decided to investigate. 

seems like the the standard plug is for a regular cord and the one labeled rick-o-sound is designed to work with a stereo cord. and essentially what it does is split the the two pick-ups into two separate signals that you send to two different amps creating the "rick-o-sound". 

but there's one problem, you need a decoder to split the signals and rickenbacker hasn't made the decoder in like 15 years. what the hell? they still have the rick-o-sound feature on the new basses but no way to use it? so i looked on ebay and this is what i found. 

way cool right? no. the starting price for this pile of crap is $200. so i went investigating and found out that you can use a splitter to do the same work. but is there dignity in that? rickenbacker would be rolling in his grave. i mean, they came up with the gimmick to basically sell these boxes and it failed. but let's think about this in a different way. 

when you hear the sweet bass line that geddy lee busts out in the beginning of red barchetta, is that a failure? no, it is not. and what you're hearing is the rick-o-sound. so i went investigating even more and found out that it's easy to make reproductions. so i'm back at radio shack listening to some kid talk to me about the xbox 794 or something like that, get the crap i need and start building. it was kinda hard because that cat kept trying to jump on the table while i was soldering. but i persevered. 

i found a schematic online and here are the results. i made two different models. not too shabby. but now after all that i'm not sure i can even find a way of justifying using this. i mean, it's a bass. it does what it does. what's wrong with me?


lot's of controversy over my last post. i want to clear this up.

here is the original track 'doctor'.

Doctor by novisplit

and here is the remix

doctor remix by novisplit

deets #4 (part 4) a step

so i'm working on the neck and i notice that the heel has a step in it. looks like some genius tried to lower the action by cutting a chunk out of the guitar. so i went to home depot for the tiniest piece of wood, cut that thing to a rough size, and here i am. my first glue job. i even busted out the vices.

please work!

free novi split remix featuring jay-z and tom waits

here is a remix of a song called 'doctor' that was on my last record. it's about going to the doctor.

please get your d.j. friends to play this at the club. and if you don't have d.j. friends, then i don't think we can hang out anymore.

you can download this by pressing the little arrow on the right. enjoy.

doctor remix by novisplit

bridge to nowhere

hell yes! just wanted to show some pictures of a bridge that i whittled. i'm not sure what came over me today but i just grabbed some wood and started whittling. next thing you know, i had a bridge.

it has the same radius of the original bridge and plays great although i have to see if it stands the test of time because i made it out of some broke ass firewood.

i even stained it a nice walnut to give it that expensive wood look. i just improved the curb appeal on this piece.

art for starters

living my dreams right here. singing my favorite 'art for starters' song with 'art for starters' at the trunkspace in phoenix. i love this song too much.

the five alives e.p. out now!!!

i recently had the honor of mixing and mastering the debut e.p. from detroit's keyboard-less 'the five alives.'

you can catch the feeling on their myspace page, where you can purchase the songs for a cool .99 cents each, or pick up the collectors edition cd. tell them david sent you and get a free 'five alives' sticker and pin.

a great back to school soundtrack for all those kids going back to school.

greatest rapper alive in hungary

i don't go looking for amazing rappers, they just have a way of finding me. my man speak from hungary does it real big. try to not find meaning in this.

more rap battles. gee vs. doc holiday

here it is! add one more rapper to my dream team. watch my man gee put doc holiday in his place. this dude is the real deal.


people have been knocking down my door to hear this vintage novi split interview. back when whfr was the hottest dearborn had ever seen, when cloak and dagger radio ruled the night shift. here it is, unedited, for the first time in years, the novi split comeback interview.

and here's the cloak and dagger staff doing what they do, saving detroit's airwaves.

the great daryl nathan

i've realized that i love music documentaries no matter how bad the band is. about a week ago, i stayed up till like five watching some insane clown posse documentary. so check it.....

i think we all have local hero's. in san pedro we have mike watt, in milwalkee there's jeffrey dahmer, detroit has dan mcmath, ect......

grand rapids has the great daryl nathan. just a man and his piano and his dreams and a public access show. check out what following your dreams looks like.

it's over


thanks to everyone who made the e.p. #1 for five days in a row.


if you think your spanish trio is the hottest thing around, better think again. take a note from the old school. los 3 diamantes lay it down nice. all live, never on a floppy disk.

deets #2 (part three) the almond

just a little progress on deets #2, aka/ the almond. for this guitar, i tried regular house spray paint. painter's touch almond to be exact. then hit it with the nitrocellulose clear coat. so far so good.

new ep for sale!

after much demand, the new self-titled ep is on sale. hand made by me and carrie sweet. $5, out the door. untitled