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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 bigmcgiv on August 10, 2017 at 3:52pm

this is my cbb  I build a few years ago and redesign it last year. plays great.

Comment by Where's Uranus? on May 7, 2017 at 9:18am
Richard, depends how you tune it, I have 3 strings on a 1x3 neck with a 36" scale, but It's fretless and tuned to D#0
Comment by David Christian on April 27, 2017 at 4:25pm
For a bass, I'd probably go for the lower strings, basses seem to cinventionally go lower before higher. It's to your preference though.

As to strings, I generally go for just about anything by DR.
Comment by Daniel Walter on April 27, 2017 at 4:10pm

ok bass people. nobody has ever responded, but i'll give it another shot.

i'm redoing a 3-string bass i made a while ago. (on my page).

my pickup ring was just a bit crooked, can't handle it. bass sounded great as it was.....

so, it's been a while. do i use the first three strings, not the lowest? or opposite? what tuning would be good? has anyone tried the new NY-XL strings? any recommendations for other strings? i'd love to have it sound as good as when first made. thank you. (ps....on my early builds i'd fill the cigar box with hardwoods and glue them tight. mistake for wanting to make a change, but solid).

Comment by Where's Uranus? on March 28, 2017 at 6:14am

It's a matter of taste, and playability.

Generally the strings are a little closer at the nut, and a little wider at the bridge, but they don't have to be. I'd suggest looking at some company that makes after market parts and getting the dimensions from their parts.

Likewise generally the strings are a little higher at the bridge, because the fingerboard doesn't meet the body flush, it's usually 6-8mm above it, but this is all for playability, so will depend on your neck, you'll need to adjust the string height at both ends, depending on how much neck bow you have and how big your frets, if you have them, are, to avoid buzzes.

So that said, it's probably best to build the neck and body first, and then adjust to suit.

Comment by Where's Uranus? on March 27, 2017 at 5:20pm
Build bass to suit?

What do you need to know?
Comment by Ro'Nique Staley on March 27, 2017 at 5:03pm

hey everybody  i need full details to  at least  one  bass

Comment by Where's Uranus? on January 18, 2017 at 9:11pm

Don't know if I'd call it a build, i had this body and I originally put one of my porch rail canjo necks on it, came out at a 39" scale. I normally play them with a slide, but the flat area was so much fun, I got a piece of 1x3, and made a 35" scale neck.


\uap>Anyhoo, since I lowered the nut from a lag bolt to a machine screw I have a string rattle problem, so I'm looking for string holddown ideas, thinking maybe washers or bottle cap or maybe some small bar thing? What y'all been using?


Comment by David Cox on June 2, 2016 at 12:35am

Geez guys...I just started what I thought was a discussion and I actually sent a message to everyone.  Sorry, you don't have to be smart to be me.  Anyway, here is a bass build I quickly did for a festival I attended this week.  Will answer any questions you might have.  It turned out well..sounds good and plays good too.  David at Po'Boy GuitarsIMG_0129.JPG

Comment by John on May 17, 2016 at 10:56pm

My first bass... I'm so-so on it. It feels good to play, but I think I need to work on the nut and bridge some. The notes get buzzy some...


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Started by Phil Farabough. Last reply by Phil Farabough Nov 10, 2018. 10 Replies

first bass build

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