I am starting a cigar box bass project. 3 string, 30" scale. I was planning on using jumbo fret wire, but thought I'd ask what other builder's have had success with. Or, perhaps more important, what didn't work? Thanks in advance.

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Haven't built one with frets, but If I did I would use the Jumbo or Super Jumbo.

Well, I have a good bit of Jumbo, so that'll be it. Gracias.

I used Jumbo on my 30" three-string.  Worked fine and I think it looks in proportion.  Good luck !

Nice piece, Digly.

Hi Grandpa

I've made two short scale basses and as I used a second hand lead electric guitar neck I used ultralight bass strings - so if you used these as an alternative you could use normal size fret wire.  Ernie Ball 6-string Slinky Nickel Wound Short Scale

Got to say, after playing a Precision for years, it's a joy to play with light strings and short neck.

Jamie, that's a real nice build. A 6 string CBB. Awesome. Thanks for sharing your build. It looks like your tuners worked out well, even with the 90 and 74 strings. Wouldn't have thought to use standard tuners instead of bass tuners, which surely wouldn't fit on a Strat-style neck. How does it chord?

www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BassVI60sASG

Back in the 60's, Fender took a 3 pickup Jaguar and put a 30" scale neck on it with Baritone strings and called it the Bass VI. George Harrison used one on a few Beatles tunes.

They were usually tuned E - e one octave lower than the regular 6 string guitar. But you can do one in Baritone scale(27" to 30") using Baritone strings and tune in B, C or D. I made a 28" scale Dulcitar on a Strat body with regular scale strings tuned to C. works great.

Very Nice, Paul.

It sounds great playing chords - I'm actually in the middle of a build using half bass and half lead so I can add a bit of distorted lead as I am playing - kind of finger picking?

 I'm also going to try a build with a separate pick up just for the bass strings so I can run two amps - Paul Craig's great suggestion! bass hybrid

What a place. I asked a fret question about a CBB two weeks ago, and today I look back on your replies, and I'll tell ya, which frets I should use is so far in the rearview I had to re-read it to remember! Thanks for your posts and pix...I got questions answered that I didn't know to ask, and ideas from you that have me a couple of months out thinking about which way to go. Makes me sorry I do best one build at a time. I reckon I see three, maybe four builds out, as usual, with all your shared experiences. Thanks for sharing!

Oh yeah...Jumbos!

Bump:

I used regular ol' medium guitar frets on this one, and they work fine with the standard bass strings. I like the way it plays and sounds, both electric and unplugged, but...

Because of the extra large, acoustic-type box I built, the oversized headstock w/bass tuners, and long-scale (34”) oak neck/oak fretboard combo, it's big and much heavier than most players like. Also, I'm sure it would just look better with jumbo frets.

It's all part of the sickness and adds to your list of projects.

Bwahahahahaha

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