Hybrid-Bass Guitar Build

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  1. basshoundx

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    Hey there. So I'll make this brief. I'm a high school student who plays the Double bass, and I have experience playing bass guitar, but haven't owned one. Well for my design and engineering class, I'm taking on a building challenge to build a hybrid instrument. The concept is simple, to make an instrument which is a solid body bass guitar in every aspect, except for the addition of a curved bridge, much like the on on a double bass, and a curved fingerboard to go along with it. The bridge wouldn't be as high as a DB, the highest I would care to build it would be 3" above the body.

    I just wanted to know if anyone else has attempted something like this, or if such a thing already exists. Any feedback and info is appreciated.
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  3. basshoundx

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    this is close to what I'm imagining, but the instrument I'm building is more akin to a guitar than a upright. I want the neck closer to the body, maybe even through the body, and I want to add a truss rod to it.
  4. pfox14

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    With the strings 3" off the body, how do you plan on amplifying the sound of the strings?
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  6. Mahataru

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    Piezo
  7. Deep Cat

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    Soooo, a baritone archtop guitar? or an electric double bass?
  8. line6man

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    Will it be played upright, or guitar-style? It would probably be awkward if it were not upright.
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    I can't imagine that thing being comfortable to play like a bass guitar.
  10. basshoundx

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    When I wrote the OP, I was thinking 3" was smaller than it actually is. I ment to say something more like 1-1 1/2" off the body.

    The idea is to create a bass guitar. If i have to make the bridge flat to eliminate the curve in the neck to make it easier to play like a guitar, then so be it.
  11. Beej

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    Atlansia make some basses with small radii that effectively put the strings pretty high above the body. Some have a 2.5" radius at the nut and have an integrated endpin/strap pin so you can play arco upright style...
  12. T-34

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    Takamine B10 is an arch-top, other than that it is close to what you're trying to acheive - tight radius, strings high off the body:

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  14. IvanMunoz

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    This sounds cool, I always wondered what the hybrid would be like. Subscribed!

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