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Weed whacker U bass....finished

Started this discussion. Last reply by Titch the Clown May 27. 3 Replies

Man I thought this thing was gonna be hard to build but it was way worse.  So many lessons learned, but I love this thing.  Not very loud acoustically but through the amp it sounds great. It has a 3…Continue

Weed whacker string gauges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick May 22. 4 Replies

Hey folks.  I'm just about finished with my next build, which is basically a 23" scale acoustic bass with weed whacker string.  It started out to be a U-bass but the tuners and the strings proved to…Continue

need suggestions on tuning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick May 14. 8 Replies

Hey all.  I'm currently building my wife a 4 string guitar and I'm trying to figure out what strings from a 6 string set to use and what tuning to use.  The guitar is basically a 4 string tenor…Continue

Questions about my first build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague Apr 29. 13 Replies

Hey folks. Just finishing up my first CBG. I'm pretty happy with it but it's got an issue or two. First of all what does it mean that it gets sharper up the neck? The notes are not getting…Continue

 

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Titch the Clown replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker U bass....finished
"Looks great I may have to steal that drawer pull tailpiece idea for my next build.  Is it an old fashioned uke bass in regular guitar territory or down in reaal bass territory an octave lower? I did a ubass not so long ago. Looking forward to a…"
May 27
JL replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker U bass....finished
"Beautiful!!"
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Larry replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker U bass....finished
"My first two builds have been brutal. I am learning alot so i can relate."
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Weed whacker U bass....finished

Man I thought this thing was gonna be hard to build but it was way worse.  So many lessons learned, but I love this thing.  Not very loud acoustically but through the amp it sounds great. It has a 3 piece headstock and a 5 piece neck.  23" scale and the string gauges are .130, .95, .80, and .50 tuned to EADG.  String tension with those gauges seems to be fairly even across the neck.  Also these strings are holding their tune surprisingly well. See More
May 25
Patrick replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker string gauges
"I was able to get the E with .095 string but it was a little loose. I changed to .130 and I worked much better. The G I got with .050 string. So I got it working and I took it all apart so I could stain it. Hopefully I'll have some finished…"
May 22
Lane Martin replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker string gauges
"I tried to build a Ubass also. 21.5" scale. I used .095 for the E string without any trouble (I guess it's an octave higher than a real bass, but it worked). Trouble was that I couldn't get the high G string up to that note, even with…"
May 22
Patrick replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker string gauges
"That's what I'm thinking too Jim.  I may have to tune it up a few steps.  thanks"
May 17
Jim Morris replied to Patrick's discussion Weed whacker string gauges
"That short 23" scale is gonna be tough to get down to standard bass frequencies. Even on my 39" scale bass I ended up using plastic coated wire clothesline from WalMart  to get decent tension on the low E. I think your idea of going…"
May 17
Patrick replied to doggylv .'s discussion CBG Bldg and Bad Back
"Work smarter not harder.  Nice going."
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Weed whacker string gauges

Hey folks.  I'm just about finished with my next build, which is basically a 23" scale acoustic bass with weed whacker string.  It started out to be a U-bass but the tuners and the strings proved to be more than I wanted to deal with. So I'm testing out some weed whacker string and it's going great except for the E string.  I tried using some .105 trimmer string and it was just so floppy at the E note I couldn't keep it on the nut or bridge...not to mention it had no sound.  So my question is…See More
May 17
Patrick replied to Patrick's discussion need suggestions on tuning
"Thanks.  I think that's what I'm going to do."
May 14
Michael Zack replied to Patrick's discussion need suggestions on tuning
"After trying many different 4-string tunings I have settled on DGBD/DGBE as my standard setup. This gives you a great open tuning that can be tuned up to DGBE (same as guitar high strings). It also means that you have access to chord charts online…"
May 14
Jim Saraceno replied to Patrick's discussion need suggestions on tuning
"Justin Johnson has a video about 4 string tuning... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmD-KZ5uPbs"
May 10
Tom T replied to Patrick's discussion need suggestions on tuning
"Many songs played in open G totally ignore the top (6th) string anyway. Since you still have a proper Open G tuning, things sound pretty normal to me."
May 10
Patrick replied to Patrick's discussion need suggestions on tuning
"How does it sound to play like that, ignoring the 2 bass strings?  Do the notes still sound right?"
May 9

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