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First post, and I'd like to thank all the forum members here for the information they've shared. Thanks!
Each winter me and my daughter (11yo.) do shop projects. Keeps here off the pc and TV and gives up some quality time. I digress. About a month ago a friend sent me a couple Seasick Steve cd's. I'd never heard of him so was on youtube watching some videos and the kid walked by and goes "Hey, Dad! Let's make some of those cool guitars!" I googled info, landed here, and we've knocked a handful out. The first couple was a learning process, but we're getting good results now.
And that brings me to my question. Can you use the regular tuners CB Gitty sells for a bass? My kid wanted to try a bass. So I googled bass info, cut my straightest oak for a neck, glued a piece of maple to it...then saw bass tuners are like $500 a set! Well, I know they aren't that high, but I do want to get out cheap as possible. IMO that's kinda the whole point to a CBG.
Here's a couple me and the kid wrapped up after my Sunday afternoon nap today, along with an amp we put together.
I kinda screwed up the bottom f hole cutout on the top one, but it's not too bad.
Probably the only parts I used that you guys can't figure out from the pic is the bridges. The top one has a standard tile domino with a nail I cut the head off as a bridge. The bottom has a piece trim moulding I cut the ends at 45º and used a finish nail (head and all lol) as a bridge. The amp is just a Guitar Fuel kit, box, and piece of rope as a handle.
The problem is that bass strings (also expensive!) are way bigger in diameter than regular guitar strings, so they're not going to fit through the holes in the tuners.
How about making a baritone, instead? The strings are heavier than a standard guitar and the scale is longer (27-30 inches), so they are tuned lower, but the strings are what you would call "extra heavy acoustic" string size, so they'll fit the standard tuners.