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Homebuilt DB-esque bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Techmonkey, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. Techmonkey


    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    Well after a band prac on Friday it was a nice day and we had nothing better to do so we decided to build a bass out of a biscuit tin, some spare parts I had lying around, and lots of offcuts from our hovercraft project. The result?
    - see for yourself.

    She plays beautifully - for something with plywood as a fretboard and almost all guestimations the action is a tad higher than on the DBs at school, but other than that it's about as easy to play. The string spacing is perhaps a little too far, but we were just working by eye for that.

    The scale length is somewhere inbetween 34" and 37". for those interested, it's between the end of the plywood and the middle of the "O" in "chocolate" on the tin ;)
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    That is the most insane bass I have ever seen.
  3. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    bad ass!
  4. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    lol :smug:
  5. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    See what happens when you don't check out the FAQ section and use the search function?

  6. hahaha, that is hilarious!
  7. Gotta hand it to him though: A+ for ingenuity and resourcefulness.

    Wonder who else would have thought of doing that ?

  8. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I'd be sooo using this as a sig if I had some more space..
  9. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Hehe, that's pretty funny. Your sax player is pretty solid too!
  10. Techmonkey


    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    Thanks for all the comments so far guys :bassist:
    Yeah, the saxophonist is amazing... This is just a patch on what he can do. He's the guy I'm doing the hovercraft with, and all the other crazy projects we've half finished.

    Sorry for the sloppy playing in that video btw... I'm so not used to playing upright... I had to guess where the note was (hence the bum note at the start)
    Though the more I play that thing the better I get.

    We're thinking about making another version of it learning from our mistakes. One thing we'll definitely do is nail the damned biscuit tin in lid down! the lid gave us more problems than anything else :rolleyes:
  11. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA

    Anyway, that's a cool project you put together there...and it does actually sound pretty decent!
  12. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Nice!, beginnings of something cool no doubt.
  13. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    That is absolutely great!
  14. I love you...


    Yeah, a step up would be a long like maple plank or something...

    I saw it somewhere... i cant remember where... but they basically had a board about 4 ft long, with a fingerboard tacked on, a jazz bass pickup, and like a little wooden triangle bridge...

    it didnt even have a volume pot...

    looked really nice, and should be easy to make...

    I think im going to make a couple over the summer, and sell them to the local kiddys....
  15. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca

  16. EddieEduardo


    May 30, 2006
    Very nice dude
  17. omg! xD im bumping this thread but that is so great! xD
  18. Cool!! Nothing wrong with experimenting, building and having fun.
  19. Techmonkey


    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    wow, its been so long i forgot about this thread!

    we did actually make another version, a deluxe model :p we bought a balti dish for the body, made a fretboard from some fancy hardwoods the local hardwood supplier had lying around, and carved a neck... though it just didn't have the same charm as the original!!
  20. the giz

    the giz

    Aug 19, 2006
    Not Bad!! Not Bad!! Not Bad at all I wish Wishnevsky had thought of your idea and made a better bass and the sax player is not bad at all, he sure is 10x's better than my sax player. Keep it up you might become a luthier one day and i might be buying basses from you.:) :D :hyper:

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