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Box-ulele Bass build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by josiah goldfish, Oct 2, 2013.


  1. Hello!

    About a month ago was my birthday, and I went to London. Whilst in London, I tried out a Kala U-Bass and I LOVED it! So I decided to build one! I used a crappy art box that wasn't getting used for art. This rubbish box was awful as an art box, but very resonant and certainly good enough for a uke-bass! So, here it is!

    47mm nut.
    19" scale.
    18mm string spacing.

    Uhm, that is all. Enjoy!

    ukebass1.

    ukebass8.

    ukebass7.

    ukebass6.

    ukebass5.

    ukebass4.

    ukebass.

    ukebass2.


    All the best,
    Joe
     
  2. Shedua511

    Shedua511

    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
    I have only one word for you my friend, and that is BRILLIANT!!!
     
  3. Thank you, built it in the evenings after school over 3 weeks in my 8ft shed too :)
     
  4. noiseguy

    noiseguy

    Apr 1, 2013
    Nice. What did you use for strings?
     
  5. Aquila Thunderguts. A lot of people say they're sticky, but I guess I'm one of those lucky few who don't have acid-sweat :)
     
  6. TheJoshinator

    TheJoshinator

    Sep 23, 2012
    Nice! I spy a 1/4" jack... Piezo pickup, I presume? How's the acoustic volume (if any)?
     
  7. Piezo rod under the saddles. Acoustic volume is like the kala, it needs plugging in! Will hopefully wire up and record a sound-test this evening.
     
  8. Polfuste

    Polfuste

    Sep 10, 2010
    South France
    Awesome ! :cool:
     
  9. As promised, sound clip! The rattling is stuff being shook off the desk by some DEEP notes :D
     
  10. Very nice! You built the neck from scratch? What wood did you use?
     
  11. Hello again,
    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, this was my 1st and a half neck (I had to hurriedly carve one in woodshop within an hour, so I don't count that one). The wood's cedrela: the same stuff as used in classical guitars.
    Thanks,
    Joe
     
  12. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    (Cedrela is spanish cedar, for anyone wondering.)

    Really cool project, Josiah. I've been wanting to make one of these.
     
  13. MattS

    MattS

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cheshire, CT
    F***ING AWESOME!!! beautiful!!!:hyper:
     

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