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post #1 of 11 Old 09-10-2016, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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My new lefty electric upright bass without the strings, pickup and tuners. The pickup goes into the bridge and is connected to the jack which sits on top of the strings behind the bridge or between the tailpiece and the bridge. Made from weathered douglas fir! lightweight. Its around five foot nine probably. Very simple to make. cut the parts out on a 12 inch bandsaw. No planer required! ha. The tailpiece is made of poplar though I think its 2 inches thick. I spray painted it first with Rust-Oleum seafoam, lagoon, then some black and then glossy lacquer.







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post #2 of 11 Old 09-10-2016, 06:09 PM
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That thing is wicked! Do you need a truss rod for an upright bass?

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That thing is wicked! Do you need a truss rod for an upright bass?
Thanks. To answer that I don't think so because the wood is thick enough. I've never really checked into it. So I made my neck thicker then they call for because its weaker then maple and ebony. I'm pretty sure the neck I have on does handle the pressure though. Well it better! Or I'd have to make the neck again. Its real shiny in person almost like it looks "wet" so very shiny! So I call it Ocean Soul ha! I just ordered the tuners and strings for it, but the strings take forever to get here for some reason from just a state away. I used 2x4 douglas fir boards and 2x6 douglas fir boards for the two horns on the sides.

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I guess you're right. If it's all one long piece of wood you'd have continuous grain, whereas if you glued one up (especially a hollow body acoustic) there would be a weak point that would require reinforcement.

Either way, it's awesome. Building a guitar or bass is on my woodworking bucket list.

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you'll have fun! I've never made a neck with frets though much easier to make them fretless!

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I got the strings real quick this time!





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I made another one! this time its white!














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I am still waiting for the video or sound bite of you playing some of those instruments.
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I am still waiting for the video or sound bite of you playing some of those instruments.
Well I might have, but I don't want to invest in a good camera or recording mic. I should say my digital camera don't even take video! I like how it sounds through a kustom kxb bass amplifier nice and clean sound. its got more of a 'thump' and low sound to it like an acoustic bass but its a little different then an acoustic bass! That probably doesn't help to much lol. It does not however sound like a regular electric bass guitar at all. It really suits my music well! So I guess the only way to find out is to build one and buy a double bass transducer and hook a bass amp up to it and play I got my dimensions fromhttps://www.gollihurmusic.com/faq/2-...IZING_FAQ.html Mine is a 3/4 scale bass for taller people like six foot and over I'd make a 4/4 electric bass. Or you can even make these for kids to! I buy the cheap strings off ebay called slap happy weed wackers they are based in the usa.

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Ya know never mind I might look around for some good camera, I'll post to youtube if I do so.

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