Brand new to the site, wanted to show my latest build, a long scale fretless 2 string bass.
Started with a Tabak box, fully braced, then cut the neck out of red oak. Had some rosewood left over from a long ago project so I made a fret board from that. Fret markers are simply cut with the fret saw into raw wood to contrast against the espresso colored stain. Dot markers on the side are done the same way, using my dremel press and a small 1/8" cutter bit.
Used a CBGitty 4 pole enclosed pickup (prewired with a jack and volume control), some imported Strat style individual bridges and a hand cut bone nut. She has 24 "frets" and the intonation ended up near perfect right out of the box. I strung her with DR coated ultra lights, using the 45 and 65 gauge strings, tuned to E and A. Action is nice and light, and just a tad high for my tastes, so I'll be working over the bridges and the nut.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results, can't wait to get started on the next one.
Very nice job on this one. I play a Fender bass in a group and I want to build a 2 string Cigar Box Bass. I am about through with my first CBG and it is looking very good. I play a steel guitar a lot but it has been eating to much and has gained more weight than I can haul around anymore. I am going to take pictures of the build and will post them here during the process.