Replacing back and ribs

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Dave Irwin, Sep 14, 2013.


  1. Dave Irwin

    Dave Irwin Supporting Member

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    Here's a wide open question..
    What kind of cost would I be looking at to restore a bass that is all good except ribs and back.
    Assumptions:
    Flat back
    Lower end wood maybe poplar, but carved
    Varnish reasonably matches or compliments the top.

    If a anyone out there has done this and could give an example cost great, or maybe could guess in terms of % cost of a build?
  2. Dave Irwin

    Dave Irwin Supporting Member

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    Got some feedback that the ribs would be more pricey than the back. maybe 3.5k for the back...
  3. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    Better to donate the top and neck to a carcass that needs them. I've seen it done.

    Are we talking about a pedigree instrument?
  4. Dave Irwin

    Dave Irwin Supporting Member

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    Not but I wouldnt want to lose the top and rest of the bass.
    I understand the back is only painfully expensive but the ribs are killer expensive so that kind of answers it.
    Thanks
    Dave
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  6. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

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    For a back and a complete rib garland, figure about 1/3 the cost of a new custom bass. I think that the harder part is finding somone who has the skills to build that much of a bass who does not want to just finish the rest and put their own name and label on it!

    j.
    www.condino.com
  7. notabene

    notabene

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    How bad are the ribs? How bad the back? Bringing existing wood together (cracks) is a lot easier than filling in/replacing missing wood.

    Steven
  8. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    Would the top fit on a pattern from a factory like Shen, Strunal, etc? That could be a less expensive way to go.
  9. Dave Irwin

    Dave Irwin Supporting Member

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    Thanks but in this case alternative solutions wouldnt work and Mr
    Condino answered the cost question.

    Thx again

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