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Cheaper to buy or build a short scale 12

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Anonymous7, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Anonymous7


    Oct 21, 2012
    I wasn't sure where to ask, decided since you guys know about building basses, would it be cheaper to just build a short scale 12, the only manufactured one that I like is the hamer b12s which at its cheapest was $1600 online
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  3. Anonymous7


    Oct 21, 2012
    That's actually a pretty good idea
  4. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Building from scratch won't be cheaper, but like Ric5 shows, a conversion might be your best bet. I'd probably start with a tight spaced 5 string though so you have more room to run your string courses on a 4 string triple course. Find a bridge first...
  5. Anonymous7


    Oct 21, 2012
    Any short scale 5s you recommend?
  6. Anonymous7


    Oct 21, 2012
    actually could i just use a schaller 8 string bridge, and 4 maybe 8 of the abm headless single string guitar bridges and be able to use whatever bass i wanted to, kinda like the picture

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