Multiscale to Non-Multiscale Conversion?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by HG1180, May 12, 2020.


  1. I was flipping through reverb, looking at multiscale basses when this thought/question popped into my head, would something like this be possible and feasible? Essentially just taking the angled frets, bridge and pickups, and just setting them flat. I know this would cost an absolute fortune to do, but just how realistic is this?
     
  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    It would require a new fretboard, nut location and bridge location, and those would depend on the new scale length, determined by what would fit in the space available. Probably would need an inset block to hide the old bridge holes, and some kind of inlay or overlay to hide the mess at the nut. Full refinish of course. Pickups could be left as is, but would not sound the same. The instrument would probably not sound like it's former self but would have a new voice. Its arguable that a new build might be in the ballpark of the same price as the refit. :smug:
     
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  3. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    What bass prompted the question? :D
     
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