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SG into Bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MEKer, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    I have a chance to pick up an old, beat up SG guitar copy. Always have loved the whole SG thang. Now, I am wondering how smart it would be to change the nut and bridge and turn it into a 4-stringer with light strings? I'd probably have to put blade pups in it (DiMarzio) to avoid pole issues. Whaddaya think?
  2. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Sure try it out. The intonation would be right off I think, but that in itself is not enough of a reason not to have an experiment!
  3. What about giving it a baritone/Bass VI treatment? Yeah! With a Bigsby on it! Yeah!

    Whatever you do, have fun!
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    You can't just move the bridge to allow for longer bass strings. You could make it 4 strings but with out changing the neck you would be stuck with a 24 3/4 scale length.

    I guess you could make it fretless and put the bridge wherever you wan't but your fret markers wouldn't line up, and would probably be confusing to play due to the existing fret markers being in the wrong place.
  5. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    Hmmm-bad problem. I was thinking of stringing it with baritone strings. Still too long though, eh?