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Les Claypool Standup Handle Bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by incuboyj5, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Alright, I am currently fabricating some 1/4" flatstock and 1 1/2" Square stock in hopes of creating this "handle bass" I guess. I've done quite well with what I've got, but have yet to find an affordable string. It needs to be around 48-54" long, and must be fairly durable to keep up with the tension from the handle.[​IMG]

    I've been told that Double Bass strings can accomodate my needs, and aircraft cable was also suggested, but Double Bass Strings are expensive, and aircraft cable is a bit too rough to play it with my fingers.
    Any Suggestions?
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
  3. fookgub


    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Won't work with a magnetic pickup, will it?

    How about some of that braided steel cable that is similar to what's used on bicycle brake cables, but thicker. I don't know what it's used for, but I know I've seen it.
  4. ^I think that would probably be too rough on the hands also.
    I remember reading somewhere that Claypool uses a D string on his, I guess it's an upright string.
    And by the way, it's called a Whamola.
  5. I used 1\16" steel cable on mine because it's the only thing that would'nt break..It's not too rough on the fingers(no more than a roundwound string).I had a upright D string on it and snapped it within 2 mins.... even tried a bass guitar string and snapped that also..if the cable is too rough,you could always wear a glove like some "washtub" players do.

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