Mandobass

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  1. powellmacaque

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    So I was thinking of either building or having somebody build me a modern Mando-bass. Mine would, however, differe significantly from the historical mandobass:

    It would be mandolin/bass guitar shaped. Probably either Acoustic/Electric hollow, or Semi hollow. I'd like to try to get it to be F-style mandolin shaped.

    If it was semi-hollow or hollow, I'd probably put normal bass pickups in it. Could this work?

    I would also like it to be double-coursed. I was thinking either EeAaDdGg tuning, or maybe EE AA DD GG, or a mixture, but I'm not sure which would be most practical.

    For the bridge, I'd probably do something Gibson guitar-style.

    Could this be done? Would it be a money trap? Would it be playable or practical?
     
  2. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    Talk to Steve Wish. He has built at least a few mando basses and will make you happy.
     
  3. jordak

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    Even wikipedia is skeptical of his builds. 8 string basses have been built by lots of people before, this is one designed to cosmetically resemble a mandolin. I could imagine lots of builders up to the task, but the price is obviously going to vary from one to the others.
     
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  7. vegas532

    vegas532 Supporting Member

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    I've always found this charming:

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  8. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    Be that as it may the man has many devoted fans. I am a former owner and think his basses exude a primitive beauty not often found. And the necks are base ball bats.
     
  9. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member

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    I've never seen this one... Cool!

    I've been working on one as an on again, off again project (4 string though) for a few years now:
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    I need to find time to complete it. I think it will make a nice sounding bass.

    I do like the 8 string idea.

    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  10. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

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    The coursed 8 string version exists- mandocello.
     
  11. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Dingwall ABZ Player Supporting Member

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    Mandocello =/= mandobass. Mandocello is tuned CcGgDdAa.

    I would do octave-coursed, because you'll get some funny interplay if you do pairs of the same string (they'd probably vibrate into each other).
     
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    So what you really want is an 8 string bass in the shape of a mandolin it seems.
    This shouldn't be too hard to find.
     
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  14. GretschWretch

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    How about we agree to call this a "bass mandolin"? The historical mandobass, which has been around for a century, is nothing like what you describe. This being said, I do like your concept and the pics on this thread.
     

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