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Coverting a reg Guitar to a Bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MEKer, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

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    Just as an experiment---what would be a good yet cheap regular 6-string guitar to easily turn into a med or short scale bass? Is it even possible? I mean, like going to a pawn shop and getting a cheapie that would be OK to butcher--not a new one.
  2. RobbieNuke

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    Dumb idea... don't waste the time/money.
  3. Hopkins

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    Dumb post, maybe you should hang out somewhere other than Luthiers corner
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    It would be rather easy to modify a 6 string to accept a 30" scale neck. It would just be a matter of rerouting the neck pocket and relocating the bridge.

    While this was a ground up build, this might give you some inspiration. It's a 30" scale Strat bass I built for my niece
    [​IMG]


    It would be wise to find a donor instrument with a hard tail bridge, because anything with a trem would leave you with a big gaping hole in the bass where the guitar bridge used to be.
  5. alaskaleftybass

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    Wow is that so beautiful.. it shut some mouths ;)

    I've been entertaining that idea for years... only with a Gibson SG guitar
  6. mapleglo

    mapleglo Supporting Member

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    My first dive into the world of luthiery involved converting my first acoustic, nylon string guitar into a bass. It had no truss rod, but I was too young and uninformed to allow that to stop me. I just filed out new slots in the nut, removed two of the tuners, altered the bridge and tail piece, and made an acoustic bass. Incredibly, the neck remained stable, and it played fairly well, if I recall. At some point, I traded it to a friend, so I don't know where it is now. I wish I had held on to it.
  7. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    Any and all. Really.

    You just have to relocate the bridge and either de-fret it or relocate the frets as well.

    OR...

    You could go all the way and extend the neck to make it a full scale... ;).

    Regards
    Sam
  8. 6stringpanda

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    This is awesome! Nice work!
  9. Floyd Eye

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    Mark Arnquist took Chris Ballow's SG and turned it into a 2 string bass, per Chris' request. It can be heard on the first POTUSA record.
  10. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

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    That's REALLY helpful. Thank you. Now go tell that to those who have done it. And re Hopkins---I don't hang out here. Guess I won't even come back here. Sure do not want to insult anyones' intelligence.
  11. Hopkins

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    Wait what? My comment was directed to the guy that left the stupid unhelpful comment. I gave you my best advice in the very next post. :confused:
  12. mellowinman

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    Ah, the internet.

    :bassist:
  13. suraj

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    hahahaha... FAIL
  14. zenman

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    premature rage-quit
  15. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Supporting Member

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    Invoke Godwin's law here...
  16. Garyth

    Garyth Now What ..? Supporting Member

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    interesting thred, I wonder where it ends up
    [​IMG]
    AHHHHHH !!11
  17. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

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    Lol--apologies, Hopkins. I mis-read you and appreciate the couple good tips from here. And you did beautiful work by the way.
    Figured might be fun to mess with this project instead of buying a cheapie SX short scale.
  18. Jensby design

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    :eek: Hopkins, you malicious bastard how could you :eek:
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    damn malicious bastards and their kids :confused: I mean damn kids and their :rollno: oh never mind
  19. gumtownbassman

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    What has worked well for me is to leave the guitar as is, slap on a Roland GK-3 hex pickup and plug it into a Roland GR-55 with the bass modelling enabled, and choose a P or a J bass to play on your gat.
    You can choose different tunings, i have a few guitar > bass patches where the tuning can start from E or down to B (like a regular 6 string bass).
    I don't use it much, only those times when I want to p*ss of the guitarist.. :bassist:
  20. xaxxat

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    Did it with a Squier Bullet Strat. Plays great, needs better pickups.

    [​IMG]

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