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DIY Electric Upright?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by CodeMonkey, Feb 10, 2014.


  1. CodeMonkey

    CodeMonkey

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    So, I've been toying with building an electric upright for a while. I have no skills, so, being able to use a bow isn't important to me (for now) :)

    I do have a spare, crappy six string that I could abuse for it. (I'm currently torn between making the six string just a fretless, or trying to mod it into an upright.)

    So, what do you guys think? Cut the "wings" off of the six, pull and fill the frets, and mount it to an endpole?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. BruceWane

    BruceWane

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    Why do you want to do this?

    If the idea is to make something that feels a little like a real upright bass - i.e., requires somewhat the same technique for fretting and plucking - you're nowhere near being in the ball park. You'd need at the very least a much longer scale length, not to mention the fingerboard radius.

    If you just want to make something that looks goofy, you'll accomplish your mission.
     
  3. CodeMonkey

    CodeMonkey

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    Very well put! Mainly it was to appease my Gear Acquisition Syndrome :)

    Maybe I'll just look into making it a fretless :)
     
  4. BruceWane

    BruceWane

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    Probably the better idea.

    That would at least help you develop your ears for playing a fretless instrument, and let you get your feet a little wet before committing to a real EUB.

    Some skills do transfer, but upright bass is a whole different instrument, really only distantly related to electric bass.
     
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  6. CodeMonkey

    CodeMonkey

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    Thanks -- really appreciate the feedback!
     

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