Neck thru is good for this build. Depending on what the strings will be tuned to and gauge, I would make the neck with some renforcement. You could hide it under the fingerboard. Pegs that are light in weight would be good also so it would not be neck heavy. I play Bass myself and I use mostly flat wound strings. Personal prefrence I guess. Good Luck with the build. Blue Max Stringed Instrument Repair
I built a 2-string bass with a 20" scale (similar to the Kala U-Bass) using Aquila Thundergut strings and parts from Gitty (preamp, piezo rod, tuning machines). I don't have plans, but I put a video online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-2oyDjZCPA
I can tell you it's small, stays in tune and everyone wants to play it at my ukulele club.
28 - 36" would be the standard scale length range
Bass tuners can accomodate thickers strings, but regular tuning pegs can e drilled out, Danelectro uses the same tuners on bass and guitar.
Rype of string depends on type of pickups, if , steel ,steel strings work with magnetic pickups.
I'm in the same boat—found a nice cedar bible box (9.5" x 6.5" x 2.75") at a swap meet and bought an ash shovel handle thats 46.5" long. I'm thinking a 36" scale length—no real reason other than I want low. I'm aiming for a a Morphine-esque type sound, so it will be fretless and played with a slide. It will be played badly, I'm sure, as I've only dinked around with a bass on a few occasions.
I'm just not sure how to go about making the neck.
Are you buying a neck or making your own?
Mike, did you ever build that bass?