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first bass build

Started by Patrick. Last reply by BrianQ. Nov 8, 2018. 6 Replies

Hey folks.  Thinking of building a CBG bass and I have a question or 2. Does it matter what kind of magnetic pickup I put in it?  I mean is there one specific for basses?  Also, does the 3 or 4…Continue

looking for alternate tunings-

Started by Daniel Walter. Last reply by Ken Hutchinson Oct 14, 2017. 16 Replies

bass strings, either the ead, or adg.......thanksContinue

Building my 1st Cigar Box Bass with Cerrywood box and tiger stripe maple neck

Started by Mark Wood. Last reply by Mark Wood Mar 27, 2017. 2 Replies

Just introducing myself from across the pond. Built a 4-string cigar box guitar now tackling a bass. Having great fun in learning and being able to practise skills required. Didn't realise how much…Continue

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Comment by Where's Uranus? on March 27, 2017 at 10:20am
Build bass to suit?

What do you need to know?
Comment by Ro'Nique Staley on March 27, 2017 at 10:03am

hey everybody  i need full details to  at least  one  bass

Comment by Where's Uranus? on January 18, 2017 at 3:11pm

Don't know if I'd call it a build, i had this body and I originally put one of my porch rail canjo necks on it, came out at a 39" scale. I normally play them with a slide, but the flat area was so much fun, I got a piece of 1x3, and made a 35" scale neck.

Anyhoo, since I lowered the nut from a lag bolt to a machine screw I have a string rattle problem, so I'm looking for string holddown ideas, thinking maybe washers or bottle cap or maybe some small bar thing? What y'all been using?

Comment by David Cox on June 1, 2016 at 5:35pm

Geez guys...I just started what I thought was a discussion and I actually sent a message to everyone.  Sorry, you don't have to be smart to be me.  Anyway, here is a bass build I quickly did for a festival I attended this week.  Will answer any questions you might have.  It turned out well..sounds good and plays good too.  David at Po'Boy GuitarsIMG_0129.JPG

Comment by John on May 17, 2016 at 3:56pm

My first bass... I'm so-so on it. It feels good to play, but I think I need to work on the nut and bridge some. The notes get buzzy some...

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 26, 2016 at 11:09am

Very welcome...another satisfied customer...haha

Comment by Murdoc_420 on March 26, 2016 at 10:24am

Thanks Scott. Got it wired up and the hum is cancelled ;)

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 26, 2016 at 1:06am

Yes, piezos are passive. But even with mag pickups, there isn't a direct physical connection between the electronics and the strings. That is where electrical interference gets weird. The strings, wires, anything metallic act like an antennae, and will pick up things like the current flowing through florescent lights, radio signals, etc. and transfer that to your signal path.

If you have the brass of the piezos connected to the jack ground lug, then when your patch cord is connected to your Zoom B pedal and so on, the ground link should be connected throughout the signal path to the amplifier. There may be a different issue causing the static, like a loose patch cord, for example.

Comment by Murdoc_420 on March 25, 2016 at 7:59pm

 Thanks Scott.

 Don't know much about electronics, guess I thought piezos were passive and therefore no 'current issues'. I'll get a ground to the bridge asap!

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 25, 2016 at 12:32pm

And the bass looks great, too.


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First bass build got a few questions .

Started by Piht Bull (Delta Dawg Guitars). Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Apr 23, 2015. 23 Replies

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