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My new EUB!

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


  1. patrickj

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    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

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    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

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    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
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    sweet! can't wait to hear it! It looks great, love that fretboard
     
  6. Nice job!!!

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

    furiously funky Guest

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

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    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.

    :bassist:
     
  10. patrickj

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    Thanks!

    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

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    awesome!

    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

    patrickj

    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    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

    jaggedsphere

    Jul 15, 2002
    Ottawa
    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?

    cheers
     
  14. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Good job dude.