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29 inch bass - would it work?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tomersg, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. tomersg


    Aug 6, 2007
    i have a acoustic bass project in my mind.
    i wont to take an indian Givson acoustic jazz guitar. and convert to acoustic fretless shortscale bass with nylon wound strings. i really like the look of those guitars and replacing the hardware and other work is not complicated.
    i measured the scale (nut to bridge) and its about 29 inches.
    is this scale is acceptable to that propose?

  2. mrmills


    Jun 22, 2009
    Kent, UK
    So long as you don't change the location of the bridge (to be clear, the brown wooden bit) the frets should be ok for that. 29" is short for a bass but there is not reason why it wouldn't work.
  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I recently completed the conversion of an Epiphone Dot Studio guitar into a 24.75" scale bass but I kept the frets.

    However, I don't think you will get much acoustic volume from the guitar you've chosen, so a pickup of some sort may be desired.

    My conversion...

  4. tomersg


    Aug 6, 2007
    of course i'll need to install some kind of pickup. probably a piezo under the bridge. is there any acoustic bass that doesn't need amplification?

    btw very nice work mongo2!
    with the frets is it in tune and intonate fine?
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw

    I used a floating bridge from a"violin" style bass (not Hofner) and intonated it by shifting the bridge around and relocating one of the saddle "frets" to a different slot.
  6. tomersg


    Aug 6, 2007
    thanks. i have a bridge like this that i going to use.
    your project will be inspiration for me!
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Just an FYI, I used the trapeze tailpiece from the same busted bass from which I got the bridge and I also used Labella nylon tapewound strings made specifically for the Hofner violin bass since the tuner end of those strings are thin enough to fit in the OEM tuner post holes so I could use the OEM tuners. I recut a replacement nut to accomodate the bass strings.
  8. Mongo2 that's a very nice Bass you done there.
  9. Koeda


    Aug 21, 2007
    Inspired! How is the tension on the strings - no too loose?
  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw

    The tension isn't as loose as I expected but I did raise the action an increase relief a bit to compensate for my touch.
  11. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Twenty-nine inch scale... that's just an inch less than an EB-O style bass... why not?

    Yeah, this thread has me eyeballing a couple of hollowbody 6-strings I have laying around. Hmmmm....
    josiah goldfish likes this.
  12. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    Try an acoustic bass?

    Honestly, I tried a few acoustics when I went shopping for one. I played on an Ibanez, a Dean, a Samick Greg Bennett, and a couple others. I ended up buying the Samick. I preferred the tone and the fact that it projected the best between the rest of them. The fact that it was the cheapest of the bunch was an added bonus. I wish I would have had the ability to try out a Michael Kelly, but just couldn't find one in my state (Alaska).
  13. flipmouse


    Jul 5, 2012
    getting in on this late...cuz i'm thinking of a project and found this in a search. (LUV the hollowbody project, mongo2!!) anyone tried converting a dreadnaught-style? thoughts/advice/problems? other threads to check out i might be overlooking?
  14. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Fender Japan made an extra-short scale Jazz a while back, i think it was 28 or 29 inches. So that scale could work. Interesting project!