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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr.Reed, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Would it be possible to turn a guitar into a bass I found just a body is like on ebay with no pick ups or anything

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  2. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    Anything is possible with enough time and money.
  3. Yes, I've seen somewhere someone converted an Epiphone Les Paul into a bass. I'm sure some will be able to find an image to put on here.
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  4. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    The limiting factor would be how far back you could mount the bridge. This will determine how long a scale you could obtain. The measurement from bridge saddles to 12 fret have to be the same as 12th fret to the nut of the neck, give or take a bit for intonation.
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA

    This. First thought when I saw that body was "How far out is the neck gonna reach when you have to mount the bridge at the point of the cutout?"

    I'm sure it can be done. But you may have to make adjustments for the strap buttons to make it playable.
  6. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    It should work...
    But you are going to need a router to re-shape the neck pocket to fit the heel.
    You'll probably want a 24 fret neck to ensure the bridge will have some body to mount to.
    You will have those ugly bridge mount holes to look at unless you plug and refinish
    or else cover them up with pickguard or something.
    For those existing pickup routes you will need to find bass humbuckers to fit.
    Those probably won't fall under any of the good bass harmonic nodes for pickups
    Of course you could always re-rout for whatever pickups wherever you wanted.

    But yeah.... it can be done. It will likely be a neck-diver.

    How good are you with a router and making templates/jigs?
  7. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    Just because you can doesn't mean you should. :)
  8. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    I love these sort of projects. Do it. Bridge bein far back enough is super important. Cut a block to go into the crotch of the body's Vee shape if you run out of length for the bridge
  9. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    The shorter scale the neck the less trouble you'll have with bridge location.

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