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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by fivesevenoh, Nov 27, 2003.
how do I go about converting my 4 string fender squire bass into a headless bass?
I strongly advise against it, the effort is too great, especially for such a cheap bass, and the result is likely to be disappointing.
yeh, i bought it off my friend for 40 bucks, coz I need a backup bass in case i ever break mine at a show.
i just always wanted a headless bass. so i thought since this one was cheap, maybe i could mess around with it. but if its too much effort and is gonna sound even worse than it already does, screw it. lol
A: extend the body to accomodate the tuner, below the bridge.
B: cut the head off - at the proper place!
C: install a clamp or something for the strings at the end of the neck.
I will never(!) attempt such an endeavour.
www.allparts.com sells hardware packages for headless basses. They include a bridge with tuners and the string retainer for the top of the neck. Made by ABM, which is good stuff.
I built a headless bass using a Steinberger bridge, and I fabricated my own clamp-style string retainer out of titanium plate. It turned out very nice. But it does take a bit of nerve to saw the head off of your neck......especially when the neck you are using is a $360 Warmoth 5 piece maple/bubinga with 2 truss rods.