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Bass Uke

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rdcalab, Apr 27, 2009.


  1. rdcalab

    rdcalab

    Jan 10, 2005
    San Diego
    After seeing the bass uke thread the other day, I got right to work on my own using scraps I had laying around. The scale is going to end up around 20 to 22". It will (hopefully) be strung E A D. My question is: what type or size of strings will accomplish this? I am kind of up in the air still about steel strings + fretted or fretless + silicone/poly whatever strings. I'm scared to put pics up. I won't be welcome here anymore!!:bag: Thanks in advance guys for the ideas and or opinions.
     
  2. tdogg

    tdogg

    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    i want to see it!!!!!! are you starting with a uke kit or totally from scratch? maybe you could get ashbory strings?
     
  3. rdcalab

    rdcalab

    Jan 10, 2005
    San Diego
    Totally from scratch. The body is 2 pieces of 3/4" nicer grade pine ply. Neck is walnut/maple/walnut. I'll get some pics tomorrow.
     
  4. Hi.

    +1 for the pics, they're always welcome.

    How low You want to go? That pretty much determines the needed strings.

    If You want to experiment, buy a Capo and move it across the FB of your bass and detune. By my calculations, a "normal" BEAD set would still work in a 28" or so, and the FBEAD set in a 23".

    There's been a few DIY "Ashborys", Google can help You on that. A Ric and a P at least IIRC.

    Regards
    Sam
     
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  6. rdcalab

    rdcalab

    Jan 10, 2005
    San Diego
    Here we go. Disclaimer: I am not a luthier, just a door and window guy with a few power tools!!
    http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu249/rdcalab/[img]
    [img]http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu249/rdcalab/?action=view&current=DSC00661.jpg[img]
    [img]http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu249/rdcalab/?action=view&current=DSC00660.jpg[img]
    [img]http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu249/rdcalab/?action=view&current=DSC00658.jpg[img]
    [img]http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu249/rdcalab/?action=view&current=DSC00656.jpg[img]
    [img]http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu249/rdcalab/?action=view&current=DSC00654.jpg[img]
    I just realized I have no idea what I am doing with the whole posting picture deal:bag:
     
  7. ClaytonH

    ClaytonH

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hudson, OH
     
  8. Hi.

    Nice progress. The pics show when copied to the browser. The last pic of the album left me thinking though... ;).

    You may have had some codec off when pasting the links, or the album is private.

    Keep 'em coming. While the pics are nice and preferred, people who are interested enough about the subject will copy/paste the links and go to photobucket to take look at them.

    Regards
    Sam
     
  9. atauntaun

    atauntaun

    Sep 14, 2008
    Alameda, CA
    Endorser Jule Amps Monique
    DSC00661. DSC00660.
    DSC00658. DSC00656.
    DSC00654.

    Here you go. For photobucket just copy the selection for IMG Code.
     
  10. Bofee

    Bofee

    Aug 19, 2005
    Grass Valley, CA
    I've been building and playing bassukes for a while:
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    The Lacewood (blonde) is about 22" scale, the Katalox with Almond top is 20" scale.
     
  11. Bofee

    Bofee

    Aug 19, 2005
    Grass Valley, CA
    I know some of you out there play ukulele.
    We opened for Bill Tapia last Sunday, 101 years old and still touring!:

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  12. rdcalab

    rdcalab

    Jan 10, 2005
    San Diego
    thanks ataunton I'll try that for the next round o' pics.
    Bofee: are you using the pahoehoe strings?
     
  13. Bofee

    Bofee

    Aug 19, 2005
    Grass Valley, CA
    Yes I am.
     
  14. Bofee

    Bofee

    Aug 19, 2005
    Grass Valley, CA
    I also built a 25.5" scale steel string in standard tuning using the BEAD from a 5 string set.
    I own an Owen Holt Bass Uke (Road Toad) as well.
     

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