"Hi, I,ve made short scale basses with scale length as short as 24.5 inches. Years ago Japanese builders built small basses with very short scales. I build them with 25.5 inch Scale and they play very well. To make it easy, use an old electric guitar…"
"Hi Will. I would start out by getting an old bass neck and grafting it onto a reinforced guitar box so you can learn how to set up and learn some basics. Since you play already it will be much easier because you know what a bass needs to feel like.…"
"Hi Peter. Nice plan. I would continue with the steel bar, and use the cigar box to cover it, but you have plenty of bracing to prevent any flex. I play the dulcimer bass like a dulcimer, except I play the bass line, playing the 1-5 or a…"
"Hi Peter. The rod was square. I used standard scale, (34" scale base). I just snip the string like a guitar string, but you need to trim on the narrowed part, (for the two biggest strings), so you will have to use a piece of string to figure…"
"Hi Pete, I made a bass exactly like the one you are working on. Before I installed the fingerboard, I routed a 3/8 groove and installed a 3/8 rod, then glued on the fingerboard. The added weight of the rod improved tone, and gave it the needed…"
"Hi "G". Use AD strings, tune to open A, and D. Locate where C note is, then where the F is on the D string. mark them. Then play 1-4-5 progressions until you can play them smoothly. A 1-4-5 in A would be A,D,G, then G,D,A. Use a tuner to…"
"Hello. The scale is the distance from the nut to the bridge. 41" is the scale normally used for a standup. but 34" is used a lot also. Most electric guitars are 34". You will have to use a commonly used scale because of the strings.…"
"Use steel. Cheap, and adds nice "heft" to the bass. At first the bass would try to swing around, it needs to rest around against your body to stay put, like a real stand-up does. I put a little "foot" on mine so I can step on it…"
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