hi all

I've just finished my second cbg.  I wanted a 6 string short scale bass. Plays and sounds great, but I cut the hole for the pickup too big - you can see holes in the photo. Any advice as to best way to fill the gaps and still look ok most welcome! I stained the wood.

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Nice job Jamie, pity about the holes, maybe a very thin sheet of something white to go from tip to tip on the end curves, it's hard to advise really, but just try a few things without cutting the box any more, you could try filling and staining, but i doubt you will be able to do that without it being obvious or eventually falling out, another option is to make it a feature and make a contrasting colour oversize out of thin veneer

A tight fittiing surround overlay and or

Fill and overpaint. Simple oblong , photocopy and blow up pickup shape to make stencil or anything from cat to skull and crossbones.

Fill and paper lable. Print anything you want on it.

remove the plastic pickup frame , replace with  wider wooden one . 

That's the classy way, for sure. 

I say get a 7 or 8 string guitar humbucker and make the hole bigger! Angled pickup style maybe... Or a 5 or 6 string bass blade humbucker. 

The holes are small. What about just staining them to match the body. Or paint the edges black without getting any on the face of your bass. 

Make an oval from thin sheet metal that will fit under the black frame. Your build looks great BTW

widen the hole to an oval shape so it looks like an acoustic with the pickup spanning the sound-hole...

Unrelated to the holes, you said you were going for a six string short scale bass. It looks like you have a regular guitar scale neck. What is the scale of the neck you have? Does the overall guitar's scale match the neck? What gauge strings are you using?

Just in case you didn't know, a short scale bass is 28" to 30". Baritone Guitar is 26" to 28" and can be convincing as a Bass with heavy gauge strings.

Hi Paul,  it is just an ordinary lead guitar neck.  I fancied a six string that was easy to play and this has done the trick - I sing and play bass in my band so I wanted something like this but couldn't really find anything ready made (perhaps a Bass VI, but a decent one isn't cheap).  The scale matches the neck - its about 25", so I guess its more like a baritone with bass notes as you have described.

I  used ultra light bass strings. - Ernie Ball Nickel Roundwound Slinky 6 String 20-30-42-54-74-90 Bass String, from Amazon.  

The guitar is so easy to play, but there is no compromise in bass sound - I use an Ashdown 30w and got to say it sounds great (sorry - sounds like bragging!).  I'm surprised more people don't try it but each to their own!

Squier has a Vintage BassVI for decent money, but your probably getting convincing bass sounds on it. I saw a video recently of a guitar with a bass pickup running to a bass amp. with medium gauge strings, he gets guitar and bass at the same time. A octave pedal could also help out with deep bass sounds.

Learn something new each day if you can. LOL

I saw  some "baytars" which had bottom strings bass and top lead.  That's what I was going to originally make, but when I put the light 6 bass strings on I liked it as it was.  I'll make a baytar as one of my next projects!


Nice video, like the tone he gets with the wood bridge and tailpiece.

Here's a link to the video I was talking about. Uses a 2 pole pickup from Delta Groove. www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-5L3iRxyIo


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