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Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Mark Perchalski Nov 15, 2019. 19 Replies

Hiya - Has anyone tried making a git with a single U-bass string as the low string? Meaning, one U-Bass string along with 3 other nylon strings (on a 4-string git)? This would involve placing that…Continue

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Hiya -  If you're like me and save even ridiculously under-sized scrap wood for some future fantasy project, you no doubt have a lot of cigar box inserts lying around. I was wondering...  What do you…Continue

 

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John Mark Perchalski replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"I started to answer this, then realized that I'd never empirically tested what I was about to say, and that I'd never heard of anyone who knew anyone who it actually happened to. The common hearsay I was taught amounts to 'bass amps…"
Nov 15, 2019
Kigar replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"That's good to know!  My assumption was based on that I didn't even know metal strings existed for a ubass. The next question is why would any of these combinations blow the amp?"
Nov 15, 2019
John Mark Perchalski replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"There're a few types of metal-wound strings made for the uBass; the Pyramids sound particularly nice. Those would work just dandy for a magnetic pickup. You assumed he'd use a rubber string...I didn't want to assume he'd be using…"
Nov 15, 2019
Kigar replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"Figured you planed to use the rubber/silicone ubass string for the bass string, which wouldn't work with a regular wound pickup, it would need a piezo. "
Nov 14, 2019
FoldedSoup replied to sid's discussion fret scale measurement?
"Easiest way to figure it out (well, for me anyway) - it's exactly at the point where the strings make contact with the bridge or nut. Depending on how each is cut, that could slightly vary from the "front" or "back." Just…"
Nov 14, 2019
FoldedSoup replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"Excellent advice, thank you.  A no-fret neck with a quick, low-tech minimal setup is decidedly the way to start this wacky experiment. I'll bang out a quick test construction first... once I get my U-bass strings. As is becoming more…"
Nov 13, 2019
John Mark Perchalski replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"Soup, if it was me (and darn it, you're giving me THAT ITCH) I think I'd probably rig my strings, nut and bridge on a fretless neckboard before going and building the box, and get an idea for the realities of how trying to play the string…"
Nov 13, 2019
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"Don't you Aussies have sticky traps for these things? ;)"
Nov 13, 2019
FoldedSoup replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"I think that for the first experimental attempt, I'll be skipping the wiring and simply try to get a decent sounding and playing acoustic git. Then, I'll deal with the wiring concerns. Maybe a pair of piezos, one for the bass?"
Nov 13, 2019
FoldedSoup replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"I hadn't considered the vibratory action needed for the bass string.... more planning. Thanks for the new wrinkle! Vibratory Action would be a good funk band name..."
Nov 13, 2019
Moritz Voegeli replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"You remember the foto of Daniel Borel's four-stringer I posted? His box is designed to drive the pickups through a guitar and a bass amp separately... With piezos you could have the problem that the bass string mutes the other ones..."
Nov 13, 2019
Kigar replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"It might need a crazy bridge and nut!  I made a cbu bass and the low string really vibrates, it needs a ton of action to not hit the frets when you pluck it.  Then the other three will be normal height which would make things interesting,…"
Nov 12, 2019
Jerry Jordan replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"that is nice,,,"
Nov 12, 2019
Jerry Jordan replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"Somewhere here I saw a "King Bow" .,., 1 bass string, 3 guitar strings.,., but not nylon .,.,the U-bass string sounds like something to try.,.,"
Nov 12, 2019
BrianQ. replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"I recommend using a piezo rod, you’ll get way better sound through direct contact of the strings? "
Nov 12, 2019
FoldedSoup replied to FoldedSoup's discussion Single U-Bass String on 4-String Git
"That's pretty much what I was thinking of - except I thought I'd use nylon strings and a U-Bass string instead of the traditional Bass string. Then use a piezo of some sort. Looks do-able... mine won't be as pretty as that one, but…"
Nov 12, 2019

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