Hello, I am currently working on building a 4 string 'bass' box guitar.  I'm not using a cigar box, as I am building my own.

I've attached the neck as it currently exists.  I will be putting a fretboard on.

Here is the plan I have for the fretboard (ekips.org):  4 string fretboard

I want a bass, as that I was I know how to play.  So my big questions:

1.  Will this design do what I want?

2.  What strings should I use?  (gauge/size) for an EADG bass style tuning.  Understanding it will be several octaves above an actual bass guitar.

3.  I'm planning to use Sapelle for the fretboard.  Thoughts?

4.  Any other thoughts or guidance that you have?

Gordon

Views: 103

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I'm curious why you are going a couple octaves above a regular bass. I did a three string bass at 25.5", EAD using bass strings (and bass tuners) with no problem. It's just a matter of finding the right gauges for your scale length, desired tension and desired pitch. 

I have no particular reason for going higher octave.  I made an assumption that a smaller instrument would have better sound at a high pitch.  I think (I don't know) that trying to get a 'bass' sound out of a smaller chamber will be very very quiet, or will have no resonance.  I could absolutely be wrong.  This is only my second instrument. :)

Oh, and I don't have any bass tuners. :(  Though I suppose that is a little less important as long as the strings will work with the ones I have.

How do I find the right gauges for my scale?  Is there a tool out there?  Or is it all experience?

This is the best tool I've found. Just fill in the blanks and it will tell you what diameter strings to use. The tension I was going for was 15lbs. You might prefer more, probably not less. 

That's great.  Thank you.  I will definitely check it out.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

 

Recommended Links & Resources

Featured Instrument Video

Forum

Etsy sales

Started by Angry Rooster Guitars in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Angry Rooster Guitars 11 hours ago. 17 Replies

Building to sell

Started by Mark Rinehart in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan on Thursday. 4 Replies

Latest Activity

Don Craig replied to Paul Craig's discussion Yamaha Silent Guitar
"I think you're right.  Any of us could build a silent solid-body that had…"
1 hour ago
Bob "Ambrose" Negus commented on Philip Hall's photo
Thumbnail

The Big D

"Definitely Different by design. I can see you have worked Dilligently on this unique build. Neat…"
1 hour ago
Don Craig commented on Brian Thompson's photo
Thumbnail

'Teardrop Twins' Finished! 4

"Beautiful necks, great profile."
1 hour ago
Don Craig liked Brian Thompson's photo
1 hour ago
Don Craig liked Brian Thompson's photo
1 hour ago
Don Craig liked Brian Thompson's photo
1 hour ago
Don Craig liked BeetleJuice!'s photo
1 hour ago
Don Craig liked Daniel Walter's photo
1 hour ago
Don Craig liked smilingdog1's photo
1 hour ago
Bob "Ambrose" Negus liked Donkey's blog post Do Write Songs On Your Cigar Box Guitar?
2 hours ago
Don Craig liked sparky37's photo
2 hours ago
Don Craig liked Philip Hall's photo
2 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->