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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 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...

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 26, 2016 at 6:09pm

Very welcome...another satisfied customer...haha

Comment by Murdoc_420 on March 26, 2016 at 5:24pm

Thanks Scott. Got it wired up and the hum is cancelled ;)

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 26, 2016 at 8:06am

Yes, piezos are passive. But even with mag pickups, there isn't a direct physical connection between the electronics and the strings. That is where electrical interference gets weird. The strings, wires, anything metallic act like an antennae, and will pick up things like the current flowing through florescent lights, radio signals, etc. and transfer that to your signal path.

If you have the brass of the piezos connected to the jack ground lug, then when your patch cord is connected to your Zoom B pedal and so on, the ground link should be connected throughout the signal path to the amplifier. There may be a different issue causing the static, like a loose patch cord, for example.

Comment by Murdoc_420 on March 26, 2016 at 2:59am

 Thanks Scott.

 Don't know much about electronics, guess I thought piezos were passive and therefore no 'current issues'. I'll get a ground to the bridge asap!

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 25, 2016 at 7:32pm

And the bass looks great, too.

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 25, 2016 at 7:31pm

3 piezos straight to the jack, positive/negative to proper tabs on jack, no problem.

Metal strings through 3 copper pennies & strings crossing over copper tube bridge, no problem.

Strings grounded? If not, problem. A good place to add your bridge/string ground is at the copper tube bridge.

Comment by Murdoc_420 on March 25, 2016 at 4:06pm

Finished up my first CBB. 3 stringer, 3 piece lam neck, 3 piezo discs (one on side for 'drum').

 Still need to oil it.

Question about pick ups: I'm running through a Zoom B3 pedal and getting a little static. If I touch the pedal with a barefoot or touch the cord head at the jack to ground it the static goes away.

 Should I ground the jack somehow? It's just 3 piezos straight to the jack. The strings are in contact with pennies and a copper tube bridge (would that make the static?).

Comment by Murdoc_420 on March 21, 2016 at 4:05pm

3 string Bass in progress. Trying to take my time and get everything right. Glueing up some lams this time.


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Started by Will T. Last reply by Murdoc_420 Jul 16, 2016. 3 Replies

Bass strings??

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Started by Piht Bull (Delta Dawg Guitars). Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Apr 23, 2015. 23 Replies

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