I have been asked to make a double bass (portable) for a friends daughter, has anyone built one or got any tips?

Views: 279

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

By double bass I'm assuming you mean like an upright acoustic bass. If so here's a pretty simple one I made. It doesn't have a radiused fingerboard so it's not for bowing - just plunking. 

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/video/doodle-bass-ring-of-fire

It has decent volume and can easily be miked at the sound port if needed. It's tuned E,A,D,G as normal and uses weedwhacker line. I think a set of actual strings would help the tone but they're pretty pricey.

This design came from Dennis Havlena's fine plans.

Jim

Thanks for the advice, she wants to use a bow so I will bee to radius the fretboard.

Question 2. I have made a basic upright bass befor and used standard bass guitar strings, as these are wound would they damage the bow?

Jim

What strings did you use?

I used hardware store weedwhacker strings which have a pretty good tone when plucked but don't really bow very well - too slidy. I'm not sure how regular bass guitar strings would affect the bow hairs but I have used a bow on guitar strings with no ill effects. Good quality strings are pretty pricey but a compromise might be a set like this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLAP-HAPPY-WEEDWACKER-Nylon-Upright-Double-...

Which I haven't tried but have heard good things about.

Thanks, Jim.

if you are going for a 41.3in scale length (common orchestral double bass size) you will need orchestral bass strings, electric bass guitar strings aren't long enough.

If you are looking at building a 34in scale length (fretless electric bass guitar turned upright sized) then go with flatwound strings so that she can bow it as well as pluck.

JL

Thanks for the advice. Orchstralstrigs are expensive so it look like I will go with a  shorter scale .

Regards David

Very good advise here.

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

Forum

Piezo disc under fretboard

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Paul Craig 12 hours ago. 14 Replies

Bento Box peek

Started by Christopher G Daniels in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. yesterday. 2 Replies

Equalizer preamp

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on Tuesday. 9 Replies

Yamaha yg15 schematic needed

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Paul Craig on Sunday. 27 Replies

Pan for a resonator

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Paul Craig May 17. 8 Replies

Placing piezio rod

Started by Steve Eckel in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner May 16. 7 Replies

Blog Posts

Cheesecake Banjolele

Posted by James Matthews on May 21, 2019 at 7:14pm 3 Comments

Latest build

Posted by Sean Murphy on May 8, 2019 at 9:03pm 4 Comments

Netherlands Tour

Posted by Dar Stellabotta on May 8, 2019 at 5:33pm 0 Comments

Latest Activity

Don Craig liked Hollis Fenn's photo
16 minutes ago
BrianQ. left a comment for Riny Assink
"Welcome to the nation Riny, here’s a step by step video of the simplest way to build a cbg,…"
18 minutes ago
BrianQ. left a comment for Hugh rice
"Welcome to the nation Hugh, plenty of info in the Resources tab "
21 minutes ago
Rob replied to Rob's discussion Resonator string tension
"I play sometimes in one of them ... :-) i like them too "
32 minutes ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

good morning little schoolgirl Trad; A .D. Eker 2019

"Thanks Richard ! for your info comments appriciated ! got the bug today got some nice tracks down…"
1 hour ago
Profile IconHugh rice and Riny Assink joined Cigar Box Nation
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

good morning little schoolgirl Trad; A .D. Eker 2019

"Thanks UJ  changing the build up trying different arangements !  thanks for the kind…"
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

good morning little schoolgirl Trad; A .D. Eker 2019

"Thanks Poorness! Glad you liked it Appriciate your comments !"
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

good morning little schoolgirl Trad; A .D. Eker 2019

"Thanks "DENBO"yep the treatment is needed cose when you copy your lybel for copyright…"
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

good morning little schoolgirl Trad; A .D. Eker 2019

"Well Nancy ! This brings back memories ! did not have them that cute in my day ,its getting better…"
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

Is this Desire Harvey - A. D .Eker 2019

"Nice & High up , so your feet will not get wet!"
1 hour ago
Richard Sundberg liked AGP #'s video
1 hour 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 -->