Not spent a lot of time on TB, but I love this luthier's corner. Thought you all might like to know about some crazy experiments I'm doing over here. I'm an electric and double player. Used to be pro, now semi pro. I've built a car, a custom bike and a few things like that, even sort of restored a bass many years back (drawing a long bow on the word restored) but never built a real bass before. The initial plan;
to build a 6 string headless bass with upright qualities. Unlined board, chambered body, tapewound strings and whole load of double thumpiness without too much of that nasty sustain electrics are famous for.
Then I let all my crazy ideas out of the bag.... all at once. Mmmm. I have a friend who is a part time luthier and a very good one. Course when he heard I wanted to build a bass he said, "bout time". However we both realised I needed to start a little smaller before shelling lots of spondoollies on $$$ bridges and pickups. I had a look round ebay and found a few cheap 4 string headless bridges and pickups and thought.... "why not build a two 4 strings first". So here is the spec.
BTW, I've called both basses "balance" coz I'm sick of neck diving 5 strings that weigh a ton (even if they sound great). Also, both basses will be made from local Australian timbers in an effort to care for the enviroment rather than just raping Sth East Asian forests for "pretty" bits. 1. Balance Horn;
Imagine an EBMM 4 string only headless and with a more ergonomic body and a 2 octave neck. This is what it looks like...
Here is my 1:1 plan next to my P...
This will be a normal 4 string. Neck profile will be standard, it gets a strap horn, should pretty much be the same as your average MM sound wise (except no preamp) Balance Evolve;
Ok, so this is where things get truly crazy. Fingerboard extensions (ala Kubicki), weird neck profiles, NO strap horn, chambered body, minimal body.
HOWEVER; the construction between the two basses will be the same. Deep insert BO neck joint. SAME timber, strings, controls, bridge, finish, etc...
When both are finished I'll get my bass playing mates together and let them loose to compare. What works, What doesn't? What sounds better, what doesn't? From these two cheap instruments, I can build a 6 string with the best ideas and some slightly better hardware.
Anyhow, there it is. Enjoy the ride. Throw any qu at me.