I got the bug to build a rather unique bass - at least on the inside of the body.
Using the Guitar Fetish as a test bed, I think it's time to try a couple of experiments to either prove or debunk ideas that I've long believed in, and one or two that I completely dismiss as a non-truths.
Uh - yeah: that macho-fuchsia colored strap
is just a temporary item. I got a new one but no pixs yet.
My wondering is this: I think a hollow area or sonic void inside the body might be an interesting use of what is normally the black hole of musical tone (the wood). I'm not a believer of tone-woods at all and would like to experiment with this oddball sonic concept.
I know there are a few 'F-hole' semi-hollow basses in the world - but what would a completely closed - or non F-hole'd body void do if nothing more than lower the weight of the body?
Of course for me it'll have to have the classic Precision-by-Fender style body since it only has that split pair of p'ups and therefor I can have lots of real estate to open up and not destroy places for screwing down the electrical parts or pickguard.
It'll have to LOOK nice at least and not be a hatchet job.
I was thinking I could route the area I want to hollow-out and then just put a thin vernier'd top on the body to cover the whole thing up again.
of this proposed void might be interesting to think about too.
1) Behind the bridge? FWIW:
2) In front of the bridge?
3) In one or the other or BOTH bouts?
I am still messing with that Guitar Fetish bass I built and this idea just came to me during a 2AM epiphany.
I believe that the G/F bass is decent enough in all areas but the body - which is lighter than balsa - the whole G/F bass came in under 6lbs.
So building another body or three is prolly gonna be a good thing and I can at the same time resolve that sloppy neck pocket this way.
I have roughed-out three more bodies for this project and am thinking of a few different directions to go in each build. I'll use the same neck and pickups and controls though to keep the playing field a little more level.
This is gonna be my experiment to prove (at least to myself) that wood makes no great difference in what a bass sounds like.
And further: I am still writing an article on the tone and voicing qualities of this uber-light wood/body combination that to me isn't revealing at all so far.
This G/F bass sounds like any other P-bass by Squire and even the couple of Fenders I borrowed for testing.
QUALITY and wood choice on the other hand is somewhat obvious in the spread of the basses - but the sounds are pretty much the same as any other P-style.
REMEMBER: I am using the G/F Antiquities p'ups here and they really have a nice burp-y resonant sound to them! Really! Cheap too.
I have put Fender-Squier Indonesian '7250 NPS' strings from a VM - as they are really quite nice --- to me anyway.
So - I'm not really sure what chambers will add or subtract from the sound -----
Change any dead spots?
Change to a modern or less so quality?
Be better/worse for metal?