UNIQUE NEAPOLITAN ACOUSTIC BASS - very very awesome prototype

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Revoredo Neapolitan Bass, Oct 28, 2015.


  1. Home made purely acoustic neapolitan-built bass.
    For starters, I´m not a seller of basses, this one is the first of it´s kind,
    (as far as I know) and I´m not selling it. It still have many design and
    construction problems. This is just a very very awesome prototype.
    Will upload videos soon.
    Maybe I'll sell some day....in a galaxy far far away....LOL

    Just enjoy please

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    Revoredo Neapolitan Acoustic Bass

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  2. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I dig it. It's a bazouki bass.
     
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  3. HaphAsSard

    HaphAsSard

    Dec 1, 2013
    Italia
    The mandolone that plectrum orchestras never managed to invent! Way less cumbersome than bass balalaikas, too. It...looks real loud.
     
  4. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Chicago
    Whoa!
     
  5. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Very cool !
     
  6. CatSquare

    CatSquare

    Mar 7, 2014
    Ooh lord gimme that, give it to me now
     
  7. LowNloud1

    LowNloud1 Commercial User

    Jun 11, 2012
    Wilmington NC
    I am a hobbyist making stone picks that I sell but mostly give away. They made me do this anyways.
    Beautiful work! It is stunning!

    I was wondering what led you to bend the top below the bridge versus allowing it to remain flat?
     
  8. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    Iowa
    Do you play that standing up? I don't think its fat part and my fat part would fit together if I played it on a strap
     
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  9. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Nice! Are you sure you aren't selling ;)?
     
  10. It is meant to be played like a cello.
    There are some pictures showing a tail spike.
    It could also be played standing up.
    Definitely not to play with a strap.

    The bended top allows to create an angle for the strings at the bridge.
    This presses the strings harder against the bridge,
    delivering more tension to the top. More vibration.
    It is also structural. This design is taken from old neapolitan mandolins.
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    Honestly, I would really like to make a living building stuff like this.
    But not for now. Sorry.
    Some day, I hope.....

    Thanks all for the support!
     
  11. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I think that's outstanding. Beautiful work, clearly inspired!

    It looks to me like you are well on your way to pursuing your dream. Keep at it - I am sure it will happen for you!
     
  12. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I don't care for the headstock. :cool:

    Seriously, that is a gorgeous piece of woodwork. I find the top especially fascinating.
     
  13. That is a double curve top.
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  14. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Ooh! That's amazing! I have a bunch of old 12-string bowl-backed mandolins as restoration projects, I've always thought scaling the design up would be interesting. I want one...
     
  15. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Seriously, would you consider building another for the right price? Very interested here. Your woodworking looks amazing!

    Yeah, I'd go for a 2x2 style instead.
     
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  16. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    I like the bridge design.
     
  17. Scarey Larry

    Scarey Larry Supporting Member

    Top marks.
     
  18. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Very cool indeed! I hope you get a chance to upload a video and some sound clips.
     
  19. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    Oh, my Italian God!
     
  20. Nev375

    Nev375

    Nov 2, 2010
    Missouri
    For some reason I was expecting something like maple, walnut and purpleheart.

    I really like it though. Fantastic work.
     
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