I am going to build an upright bass. Does any one have plans or information that may help especially with scale length, tuning machines, use of piezo and any other helpful information. If you can point me in the right direction it would be a help e.g. stings, neck dimensions
Here's a link that helped me
and here's my blog
Hope it all helps Coppa!
Thanks for the help. I have decided on a hybred acoustic / electric double bass with the fret board tilting back at about 20 degrees.
I have a few question
1 What strings are best use . I am thinking of a 3 or 4 string model. I believe that weed eater line (grass trimmer) line can be used. If so what size or is there an alternative
2.Can normal guitar machine heads be used with the holes reamed out
3 Is it easier to play than a CBG because I am struggling to learn the CBG
4 Any other help or tips
Are both the bridge and nut made out of wood ?
I used ebony for my nut and hard maple for the bridge....it gives a nice bassy ring to the strings.. Also you were asking about what strings to use....I bought manufactured Weedwackers from Ebay( http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_odkw=weedwacker+bass+strings&_gt... ), and with these strings make sure to buy double bass machine heads, cause their very thick. http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=weedw......As far as if its easier to play one or the other, I look at it this way I couldn't play either one...so anything progress is a good thing :). Here's a website I use when leaning new tunes....as well as learning to play a cbg.....http://www.learncigarboxguitar.com/ .
Hope all this helps!
I'm building one from a wheelbarrow. Feel free to message me. Pics here of my progress so far:
you do realise this is a 6 year old post? you have been grave digging a few of these...lol BTW hows the wheelbarrow comming along?