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My new EUB!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by patrickj, Jun 6, 2003.

  1. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    I've been planning/building an Eub/DB for jazz for a long time now, and I've finally finished it. I love DB - how they sound, the scale length, watching a jazz bassist thumping away with a small ensemble, actually playing them.. the whole thing. But I'm not a fan of the size, or of the traditional DB look - much too 'antique-ish' imo (also, when I was much younger I was locked inside a DB case at an orchestra rehearsal as a gag, I think it scarred me :p).

    The body is poplar with a layer of Quilted/flamed?┬┐ maple on top. The neck (bolt-on) was shaped from a 5 piece maple laminate 'club', and is reinfornced with 1/2" square hollow steel (it's actually not that heavy) under the fingerboard. I didn't want it to be adjustble or flex under tension, I wanted it super straight. The fingerboard is also flamed┬┐?/quilted maple. It's 4 strings, and each string has it's own seperate piezo element. There's also a piezo element mounted in the headstock which gives that really good thump sound. The bridge is wenge and is height adjustable (each half). I also built a preamp that I was originally planning to install into the bass, but I ended up installing it into some other DIY rack gear.

    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/Front.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/HeadstockFingerboardFlame.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/NoStand.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/Profile.jpg border=0>

    I'll have some sound clips soon. I really dig the noise this thing makes; it's sort of a cross between a really long scale fretless BG (sustains forever) and an amplified DB (thump + overall 'sound').
  2. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    Some early WIP pics..

    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/WIP1.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/WIP2.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/WIP3.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/WIP4.jpg border=0>
  3. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    And the case (inspired by URBBob.com Gollihur)

    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/Case2.jpg border=0>
    <img src=http://patrick.sunscapeweb.com/eub/Case.jpg border=0>
  4. Congrats dude...

    It scared the hell out of it when I first saw it...

    nice work on both the case and the bass...
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    sweet! can't wait to hear it! It looks great, love that fretboard
  6. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    Nice job!!!

  7. Sweet! Now go get a teacher. ;)
  8. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    wow nice job! if it was me i couldn't be happier. it looks N.S.ish. was that your inspiration?[​IMG]
  9. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    I used to play DB when I was younger (mid-highschool/early college), later made the switch to BG. I know how to play, practice will only take me farther.

  10. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars

    Yes, they are sweet looking EUBs. But it wasn't initially.. my original idea/drawings were modeled/inspired after a <a href="http://www.kyddbass.com">Kydd Bass</a>, except it had a 3/4 scale length rather than a 35" scale (very vanilla.. I dig 'em - also only EUB I'd ever played at that point), and the headstock and bridge-end string mounts were 'open'/hollowed out with the tuners and ferrules on the outside with the string running on the inside (like the headstock is now, but on the bridge end also - I copied that from Bob Gollihur's homemade EUB - thx Bob!). The 3/4 ended up being a problem. I started working on the neck (impatient! bad!) before I really finalized what I was going to do, and removed too much wood on the bridge side. If I had continued with what was left, the wood probably would have snapped under the string tension. I didn't have enough wood left to allow me to start over on the bridge side, keep the headstock the same size, and still keep the 42"ish scale length, so I went back and found pictures (Google!) of EUBs, and decided to mimic the NS. Adding the seperate body also fixed some of the other problems I had - top heavy/balance, tripod mount, etc.
  11. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    must be really satisfying thumpin' away on something you built yourself! at least you know, you can satiate your own GAS. some guys have all the luck! :p

    ready yet for a 5 string EUB? ;)
  12. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    Hehe.. actually, I built it so that I could convert it to 5 string when I have the $ to buy a decent set of strings ;) I've got the 5th tuner (as well as the hole already drilled - currently filled with piezo) as well as 5 string duplicates of the nut & bridge. No ferrules/string holes for the 5 yet, but I'll work something out ;)
  13. jaggedsphere


    Jul 15, 2002
    wow i likey! every time I see one of those EUB I think that it looks so simple in design. was it a challenging project? want to give a breackdown on the building process?

  14. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Good job dude.

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