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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 28, 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 Paul Craig on November 10, 2018 at 1:30am

That's really nice Phil. I like the idea of interchangeable "wings" to make it different when you feel like it.

The wiring and pickup choices sound interesting.

Comment by Phil Farabough on November 8, 2018 at 1:41pm

This proto type is a hollow body cigat box bass with removable body " wings "that can be interchanged with other styles and its a tone monster! The piezo controls have bass mid and high eq plus choirs reverb phase and delay.
And the mag pu has a 5 band filter / boost.
And the blend pot mixes both signals. ...crazy !

Comment by BrianQ. on September 9, 2018 at 7:04pm

Welcome back, we’re here for ya’

Comment by Wendell Low on September 7, 2018 at 6:53pm

Thanks for the add.
I've been very inactive for over a year in regards to building CBGs and I've decided to try my hand at building a bass.  I'll be lurking around trying to find some helpful info and ideas, and if I run into any problems I'm hoping you guys will help bail me out!

Comment by Paul Craig on August 14, 2017 at 3:28am

Okay, thanks Daniel.

Comment by Daniel Walter on August 13, 2017 at 5:17pm
Comment by Paul Craig on August 13, 2017 at 4:21pm

It's just a piezo to volume and to jack so far. I have a 1meg and a 500k pot, just wanted to know what people were using for bass. Had a magnet pickup inside the tin(it's a rezo-bass cookie tin), but that made the entire box into a pickup.

I added a piezo to a guitar with 2 single coil pickups, 5-way switch, volume, tone and jack. The singles were completely quiet.

Comment by Daniel Walter on August 13, 2017 at 3:50pm

just putting this out there: adding a piezo or more (on/off switch, just join neg/pos to the jack) to any magnetic pickup system really quiets everything down, when the piezo is on. it's a mystery. just add a disc or two, no need to make it complex.

Comment by Daniel Walter on August 13, 2017 at 3:39pm

500K pot value is fine for bass or guitar. usually 500K for humbuckers and 250 K for single coil. personal preference, just 500K pots chop off some higher frequencys.

magnetic or piezo? how is it wired now?

Comment by Paul Craig on August 13, 2017 at 3:19pm

If I use a piezo, what is the best value pot to use for a volume pot?

It's a good question since you have to deal with the impedance issue.

Also, does anyone have any good schematics for adding a passive tone circuit for bass?

 

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