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8-string octave bass build / conversion on a budget

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Shaky, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Shaky


    Jul 6, 2006
    Roanoke, VA
    I am wanting to either convert or build an 8-string octave bass. I am trying to keep the price as low as possible, and I am not as concerned about looks as much as functionality.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of where to find pre-made necks other than Warmouth?

    Does anyone here have experience converting a 4-string to and 8-string octave bass?

    Thank you for any input or suggestions.
  2. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  3. Ideally, you want to find a bass with a good headstock layout ( lots of space for 4 more tuners and good angles for the string paths leaving the nut) and you also want to find a bass with a fairly wide nut that will allow 8 strings. I would suggest perhaps a p-bass with the 1 5/8" spaced nut or even the 1 3/4" nut. The headstock would give plenty of room for 4 guitar tuners, but they would have to be in-line... Maybe a 2+2 neck would be better?

  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
  5. Carvin will be glad to see you a neck with a blank paddle head that you can cut to whatever you want.
    I think maybe a 5 string blank neck would give you the extra width you need.