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cello bridge on bass guitar

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by x4x, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. x4x


    May 10, 2003
    I ran across this fact at another post, and i'm quite interested in it.

    I'm considdering to learn how to play my bass with a (cello)bow. But one of the 'problems' is the flat radius. Someone mentioning he considderd building in an old broken cello bridge to get a better radius for bow playing. Can this be done? And if you do, doesn't the neck need any adjuctments? Or maybe my most important question HAS this been done? and if it has, any info, websites, images and more are more then welcome

    thank you!
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Recommendation: electric upright bass. Some are as small as a bass guitar, have regular bass pickups, and can be strapped just like a regular bass. Everthing is ready to go and ready to be bowed.

    If you add a cello-like bridge to a regular bass, you would also need a silimarly-radiused fretboard to match, no?
  3. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Eric's right. You would need a radiused fretboard, and it would need to be tilted back or adjusted in some way, because the cello bridge would raise the strings considerably. The pickups would also need to have a radius, one that would probably be greater than you could get by merely adjusting the pole pieces.

    You might consider a Zeta Crossover bass, which is kind of a combination of bass guitar and electric upright.

    I replied in your other thread, btw.