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Hybrid-Bass Guitar Build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by basshoundx, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. basshoundx


    Jan 25, 2014
    Right Behind You.....
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    Hey there. So I'll make this brief. I'm a high school student who plays the Double bass, and I have experience playing bass guitar, but haven't owned one. Well for my design and engineering class, I'm taking on a building challenge to build a hybrid instrument. The concept is simple, to make an instrument which is a solid body bass guitar in every aspect, except for the addition of a curved bridge, much like the on on a double bass, and a curved fingerboard to go along with it. The bridge wouldn't be as high as a DB, the highest I would care to build it would be 3" above the body.

    I just wanted to know if anyone else has attempted something like this, or if such a thing already exists. Any feedback and info is appreciated.
  2. basshoundx


    Jan 25, 2014
    Right Behind You.....
    WARNING: Liable to be weeaboo
    this is close to what I'm imagining, but the instrument I'm building is more akin to a guitar than a upright. I want the neck closer to the body, maybe even through the body, and I want to add a truss rod to it.
  3. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    With the strings 3" off the body, how do you plan on amplifying the sound of the strings?
  4. Mahataru


    Apr 7, 2013
  5. Soooo, a baritone archtop guitar? or an electric double bass?
  6. Will it be played upright, or guitar-style? It would probably be awkward if it were not upright.
  7. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I can't imagine that thing being comfortable to play like a bass guitar.
  8. basshoundx


    Jan 25, 2014
    Right Behind You.....
    WARNING: Liable to be weeaboo
    When I wrote the OP, I was thinking 3" was smaller than it actually is. I ment to say something more like 1-1 1/2" off the body.

    The idea is to create a bass guitar. If i have to make the bridge flat to eliminate the curve in the neck to make it easier to play like a guitar, then so be it.
  9. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Atlansia make some basses with small radii that effectively put the strings pretty high above the body. Some have a 2.5" radius at the nut and have an integrated endpin/strap pin so you can play arco upright style...
  10. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Takamine B10 is an arch-top, other than that it is close to what you're trying to acheive - tight radius, strings high off the body:


  11. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
  12. This sounds cool, I always wondered what the hybrid would be like. Subscribed!