Just put the strings on my 1/2 scale bass. I bought this bass at a garage sale for 25 dollars about six months ago. It was painted blue and was very dry the fingerboard was cracker and warped. I decided to use it to experiment with as I am thinking of building a eurb. I replaced the end pin and tailpiece and tuners (I used bass guitar tuners)It has a homemade pickup in the foot of the bridge on the bass side. And a ducan "P" bass pickup for loud gigs. The sound unamplified is quite good at least as loud as my plywood bluegrass bass. The piezo sound is very good I am waiting untill the glue drys to hear the magnetic pickup. The mag pickup may get removed on the future, it is to get more of a fretless BG sound the whole project cost about 250 dollars. which includes the helicores that I bought for 100 dollars. I will now remove all pickups from my other two upright basses. And use this bass for loud gigs.