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New Semi-hollow build Idea

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bassdude15, Dec 3, 2013.


  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

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    Just throwing an idea out there folks- a semi- hollow Les Paul shaped bass with a quilted maple top and back, korina sides and center block, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, mini-humbucker pickup (pbass position), in a cherry burst finish, longscale.


    Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks,
    Bassdude15
     
  2. Flashback Bass

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    This is a short scale, with a long scale you're probably going to have significant neck-dive.
     
  3. reverendrally

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    Lespaul + longscale (34") usually = neckdive.

    Hollowbody = 2 x neck dive.

    Have you played a gibson/epi LP bass? I suggest trying one first. You may reconsider the body design after that. That's not to say singlecuts can't work coz they do, but you'll need a deeper cutaway and the neck recessed a long way into the body. I'd also consider 32" scale. That plus ultralight tuners might help things too.
     
  4. Bassdude15

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    I have played an (epiphone) LP Bass; it was fine.
     
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  6. Bassdude15

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    I was considering cutting the top and back thicker to balance it out weight-wise. Would that help( in addition to the above-mentioned ultr-light tuners and deeper cutaway?
     
  7. HaMMerHeD

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    By making it semi-hollow, you're reducing a lot of the ballast weight afforded by the solid body, so you'd need to take more drastic measures to give the thing decent balance. Like make it a short scale.
     
  8. Bassdude15

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    2 questions-first, how much deeper do you recommend making the cutaway?
    Second, the body's current thickness is 1.95''. I was thinking of a 1.4" center block. Should I cut a thicker one? And if so would it help with the neck dive?
     
  9. Splods

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    Making it a headless would rectify the neckdive somewhat
     
  10. Beej

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    I don't think neck dive is a big deal here necessarily. For every person that can't stand neck dive, there's someone who doesn't care. Good to play with the ergonomics to make it workable, but sometimes its just biting the bullet, knowing it's a factor of the design, and pushing ahead anyway for the aesthetic goal. Examples are t-birds, flying v's, sg's - no way to make the thing balance, its a series of compromises. If you want the bass though, so be it...
     
  11. Bassdude15

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    Headless basses are VERY difficult to tune IME. Plus it would just look ugly.
     
  12. pilotjones

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    Ok, I can see that point of view -- but if the OP goes ahead with an LP style, he should at least be sure not to follow the design of that Guild pictured above. The bridge is too far away from the end of the body, instead of near the bottom. That can make even a "normal" bass with a substantial horn neck-dive, along with making for a difficult reach to the first fret.
     
  13. Beej

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    I do agree. I would personally never build, buy or rock a bass like the OP describes, mostly because I don't personally like to deal with neck-dive, and I've repaired too many headstocks to feel like it's an acceptable design flaw, but I also watch thousands build, buy and rock 'em with no concerns. OP for what it's worth, I'd rather play my tele guitar with an octave pedal at a gig than borrow my buddy's LP Bass... :D
     
  14. Bassdude15

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    But what do you think of the tonewood combination?
     
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    If it is pleasing aesthetically and is stable then its great
     
  16. Bassdude15

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    Anyone know where I can get a TB mini-humbucker? Everything else is in order. By the way, a Babicz FCH bridge and Hipshot ultra-lite tuners eliminated the neck dive completely-wow!
     
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  18. Bassdude15

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    Ive found reviews and can't decide between Bartolini and Lollar
     
  19. HaMMerHeD

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    Bart is half the cost. There's no way I'd go for the Lollar. A buddy of mine put lollars in his tele. I can't tell the difference between them and the stock pups.
     
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