Replacing back and ribs

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Dave Irwin, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Here's a wide open question..
    What kind of cost would I be looking at to restore a bass that is all good except ribs and back.
    Flat back
    Lower end wood maybe poplar, but carved
    Varnish reasonably matches or compliments the top.

    If a anyone out there has done this and could give an example cost great, or maybe could guess in terms of % cost of a build?
  2. Got some feedback that the ribs would be more pricey than the back. maybe 3.5k for the back...
  3. Better to donate the top and neck to a carcass that needs them. I've seen it done.

    Are we talking about a pedigree instrument?
  4. Not but I wouldnt want to lose the top and rest of the bass.
    I understand the back is only painfully expensive but the ribs are killer expensive so that kind of answers it.
  5. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    For a back and a complete rib garland, figure about 1/3 the cost of a new custom bass. I think that the harder part is finding somone who has the skills to build that much of a bass who does not want to just finish the rest and put their own name and label on it!

  6. notabene


    Sep 20, 2010
    SF Bay area
    How bad are the ribs? How bad the back? Bringing existing wood together (cracks) is a lot easier than filling in/replacing missing wood.

  7. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Would the top fit on a pattern from a factory like Shen, Strunal, etc? That could be a less expensive way to go.
  8. Thanks but in this case alternative solutions wouldnt work and Mr
    Condino answered the cost question.

    Thx again