i may build a bass. which?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Oct 4, 2001.

  1. Option #1- Fretted 6 string

    7 vote(s)
  2. Option #2- Fretless 6 string

    12 vote(s)
  3. Option #3- Doubleneck Fretted 6/ Fretless 6

    15 vote(s)
  1. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    im in class with a hugely talented woodworker. we started talking about how it would be cool if we build a bass. i would use a carvin neck thru, a basslines pickup, and im yet undecided on woods.

    now, i can go down one of two roads.

    OPTION #1- 6 string, fretted
    OPTION #2- 6 string, fretless
    OPTION #3- Doubleneck 6 string fretted/ 6 string fretless

    yeah i want a double, but it would be like 1100$. the single would only be like 600$.

    the double would also be harder to build. it would be really nice though, for the same reason as JT got his. he wanted to be able to play shorter stuff, without switching basses between songs, and for the longer ones, where certain parts sound better on fretless than on fretted.

    so im split. if i could get financing, then i would go for the double in a heartbeat. (our bands sponser is extreamly unreliable. he hasn't come through for us lately) if i can figure out a way, i will go double. for now though, single is most probable.

    so if you were me, with limited finances (im 14, so i cant work yet) what would you do?
  2. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    3 people have voted so far, POST REASONS for you answer please!
  3. Okay...

    I was at one time interested in a doubleneck. The weight changed my mind. I also thought the novelty would wear off... although I do LOVE the look of JT's. I also think it would be a bit aggressive to build a doubleneck on the first try - you would be out a bunch of money if you make a mistake. I would leave that complex of a design to someone with a bit more experience. Just my opinion...

    Fretted or fretless is your call. What do you play now?

  4. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    exactley the reason. a lot of money i dont have.
    i play fretted 4 and upright now
  5. fretless
  6. natebass


    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    go for the doubleneck!!!!

    be daring, be creative, don't do what everyone else is doing - zag instead of zig!!!!

    Be your own person!!!!!!!!!

    sorry had to get that out of my system.
  7. another one for the double neck! you should combine both! or better yet try 6ers and meld the fretted and fretless together!
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Maybe you shouldn't have bothered with the poll and just asked the question!! ;)
  9. I think you should build a double neck, semi-hollow, electric upright bass. One standard upright neck and one fretted bass guitar style neck. That would be crazy....
  10. your 14, looking to build a double neck bass, and you have a sponsor? You lucky bastard.
  11. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    You've got a fretted 4, so build a fretless 6. I would go for a single neck if this is your first venture into luthiery.
  12. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    have you considered tha half fretless option? some custom bass builders have this option: you can have a bass fretless until the fret you want and the fretted. it could be useful!
  13. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Hey, that's exactly what I've got.

    I have a 7 string with 5 frets, but I am adding 2 more to make it 7 frets, with the rest fretless. Unfortunately, my luthier who was in the middle of making this mod for me is sick at the moment. :(

    Mike Pulcinella does it as well at www.mpguitars.com
  14. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs

    two roads??? that looks like 3 to me, newayz i say option two

  15. dude. for some reason that sounds familer
  16. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Stingray & Serek addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Southwest Texas
    :confused: This makes me ask myself an interesting question. Is it possible to have a bass with the fret's 1-12 fretted and say 13-24 fretless or vise-versa on a single 24 fret neck? Whould it have a problem with clarity or what? There must be something wrong since no one has tried it before:p (or have they:eek: ?).
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Look at Bass Guitar's post, 4 posts above yours!
  18. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    yeah. i've got it narrowed down. it's between a fretted 6 and the doubleneck. if someone here could recomend pickups (1 per neck) with a wide variaty of sounds for reletivly cheap (under 250 total), then i would go down that road. (maybe. 500 for the two necks, 300 for electronics, 140 for bridges, 140 for tuners, 50 for woods, it would be expensive) GIVE ME P/U suggestions please
  19. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Here's an idea... Since you are working with a hugely talented woodworker, save the neck money and build them yourself. Take that money and put it towards the hardware. You could easily get past a doubleneck for $600... If you decide on fretless, you don't even have to deal with the whole fretting thing... Once you do one neck, you'll find that they're fairly straight-forward... nothing to be scared of certainly.

    All this is my opinion of course, but after I built my first neck, I never looked back! :D

  20. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    If you've never played fretless before, i'd go with the fretless, because ever since i got my fretless jazz, i've been wanting to rip the frets out of my p-bass. I figure all of my basses in the future will be fretless. I wouldn't get a double-neck. For me, i wouldn't need that convienience. I'd just get the fretless, but if there was a choice between getting both or the double-neck, i'd go for the two seperate ones because:
    A. Possibilty of back problems (well, i don't think i'm qualified to judge, since i've never had a double-neck)
    B. Portability reasons. Would you want to carry that sucker around?
    C. Different height of the basses. I like my basses high. I can play them better high. I play much worse when i have one around my waist or lower.
    D. It is only a $100 more for having two seperate. Which you may later save from not seeing a chiropractor.