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DIY E-Bass idea & inputs needed

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Benni, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Benni


    Dec 7, 2012
    Hello everyone,
    I have made a couple of guitars in the past with a good degree of success, I am now into creating a e-Bass/Cello, the stage of fear or delight is ...... do you think that the shown neck area will be able to take the stress of the strings without self destruction ?
    The material is Maple and it is 5/8" thick where the tuners will be installed. If you have any ideas or concepts to increase the strength, if required please forward your input !

    Many Thanks & Season's Best

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  2. powerbass


    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    You might find more help from the EUB forum since there are folks over there building EUB's. The photo doesn't help answer your question since it is two separate pieces of wood - are you planning on a scarf joint, joining the maple to the dark wood? 5/8" maple should be fine as long as the scarf is done correctly. I'm assuming the butt joint in the photo is just for demonstration purposes and you don't intend to just butt these two pieces together? The heel or transition from headstock/scroll to neck is the area subject to the most strain, this transition needs to be done correctly. When I was designing my EUB I searched the internet looking at all the various design options, you might want to do the same to get and idea what others are doing - you don't need to reinvent the wheel
  3. Benni


    Dec 7, 2012
    Hello and many thanks for replying to my project and the time that you have taken to further my skills.
    Actually the body is a solid pc of maple and the white area that you see has actually been cut to accommodate the tuners.

    Many thanks , Benni
  4. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    You might run into trouble with those tuners. An upright E-string doesn't like being wrapped around such a small radius, and the tension might be too great for the tiny gears in those slab tuners. The classic Fender style work better.
  5. Benni


    Dec 7, 2012
    Hello and many many thanks
    Could you give more info on the type of tuner model type ?