New (to me) upright ..... I guess ....

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Lizooki, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. Lizooki


    Feb 24, 2008
    I've been on the electric side of TB for many years ...... now I have a reason to be on this side, I guess.


    It's a Wishbass upright prototype. made by Steve Wishnevsky who has been around bass guitars forever.
    I picked this up cheap and plan on getting it to "player" status.
    I used to build and sell Cigar Box Guitars and have done a fair bit of repairs for friends and such so that's not a problem.
    Plans are:
    Nut, bridge and bottom string block.
    -probably replace and realign all 3. you can see how crooked it is.
    Set up ... you can drive a car under the strings.
    Add internal bracing for the bridge .... thee is NONE!
    Add a piezo .... not real loud. It's basically an acoustic with an endpin.
    Speaking of endpin ..... gonna try to straighten that.
    Put a control plate for the wiring and piezo over the current, poorly located sound hole and add one in a better location.
    Do all this with an eye towards possible going to 4 strings.

    Advice, suggestions welcomed!
    MrLenny1 likes this.
  2. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Cool. Whatever floats your sail :)
  3. Ed S

    Ed S

    Nov 14, 2019
    I guess it could be a fun project, but I'm kinda wondering, "why?"

    I've played some absolutely fine cigar box ukes, but I'm not sure how well the philosophy scales up.
  4. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
  5. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Actually, I was going to say "contrabass balalaika," only missing a string and ninety degrees out of phase.
  6. Lizooki


    Feb 24, 2008
    I got this thing local and REAL cheap.
    Fairly simple construction so what I plan should be easily doable.
    I have thought about just adding 1string.
  7. Ed S

    Ed S

    Nov 14, 2019
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