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A crackheaded idea

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peter McFerrin, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. 42" ABG, fretless, with piezo pickups and gut or nylon strings. Body would be approximately the volume of a 1/8-size DB.

    Basically, the old Ampeg AMB-1, taken to new levels of sophistication.
  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Yeah, I think it is a crackheaded idea.

    The 34" scale on my Tacoma can be a bit hard to play because of slight neck dive. Imagine if you added 8 inches to that!

    Also I imagine itd be really uncomfortable to both reach around a large acoustic body and across a huge neck.

    I get the idea, but personally see it as more practical to just get the doghouse.

  3. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    For me, i think my left hand technique would be greatly harmed, even if i used the standard DB fingering (lay off the third finger until thumb position...) It would have to be played upright, which in that case, it might as well just be an EUB.
  4. I was talking about this with a friend--if you made a hollow graphite neck and then shaped the body in such a way as to bring the nut as close to your face as possible, it might just be doable. This might involve asymmetry in all three axes of the body, though, which would be wacky.
  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    add some lightwave pickups, and you might have an idea there!


  6. I knew you'd come through for me, man.

    Can you put Lightwaves in a hollowbody setup, though? They sure would help with the balance. Anyway, this would be a primarily acoustic instrument.
  7. can there be a keen tribal inlay at the 12th fret?
  8. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer

    as i've said before...its common knowledge that i've been doing some design work for lightwave.

    AND, Chris at LW doesn't mind me mentioning our next project.

    we will be adapting the Lightwave system to an acoustic electric 6 string guitar.

    i've had the honor of playing 2 prototypes.

    a carvin A/E and an UNBELIEVEABLE TURNER A/E.

    get this...i think the LW pups sound BETTER on guitar than bass.

    the sky's the limit on this technology.

    2003 will be an interesting year!

    word has it, that someone in europe adapted a Lightwave system on an upright bass. the reponse was insane!

    its a different voice. and some may not like it.

    but, if your looking for new timbres...this is it!

  9. Chace90

    Chace90 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    Denver, CO
    I have a friend who claims that his electric is either a 38 or 42 inch scale. It's an older yamaha. I played it, sure doesn't feel that long. Don't want to tell him because he's a little sensitive about being wrong.
  10. Back in your hole.
  11. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I replaced my factory tuners with Hipshot UltraLites. Solved my neck dive problem, and they work better, too!
  12. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Claims like this can be solved by suitable application of a ruler, however ego-deflating it may be.
  13. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    It's not such a wacky idea. When I played in a bluegrass band last summer, I got tired of standing up, and played the double bass across my lap like a guitar. I'm 6'8" and it really didn't look that bad.

  14. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    has Carvin changed their tune?
  15. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer

    HA!!!!!! ...a cold day...

    nah, this was a Carvin that LW had modified. carvin engineering wasn't involved at all.

  16. in an old issue of BP they had an ad from the 30's for what looked like a huge ABG, with frets, designed to be played upright. the scale length looked at least 40".
    they were marketing it as an alternative to the doghouse- I wonder if any of those survive today....
  17. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    I used to play my Ampeg baby bass as a standard electric bass

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