Maple Electric Upright Bass

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Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Justin Tugaoen » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:27 pm

Here's my attempt at an electric upright bass

42" scale
Body: Figured maple top with chambered basswood body; maple tailpiece; standard double-bass maple bridge, trimmed to size
Neck: Bolt-on, figured-maple
Fingerboard: Ebony with wood vine inlay; LED side markers; ebony nut
Electronics: K&K pickup with K&K preamp integrated at upper bout, Fender tuners
Finish: Tru-oil

This thing is pretty heavy (compared to a regular electric bass), but apparently even acoustic double basses weigh over 20 pounds, so I guess it's to be expected. Sounds pretty good (I'm not really an upright player but enjoy pretending) and sounds decent even with the bow. Might be time to take some lessons so I can use the thing!
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Michael Jennings » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:30 am

THAT is really nice! As another non-base player I have toyed with the idea of building one as well. FYI posting photos like this sometimes encourages "theft" [of ideas] for those of us who suffer from incidental ethics deficits.

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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Hans Bezemer » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Wow, that looks way cool.
Do you have some work-in-progress pictures?
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Steve Senseney » Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:01 pm

Interesting!!

I know nothing about them however.
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Justin Tugaoen » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:01 pm

Hans, this is about the only "in-progress" pic I could find, but it gives a different view of the EUB. You can see in the upper bout how I integrated the preamp, so that only the adjustment knobs are showing. Battery access is in the back. The piece in front is the solid maple tailpiece, which attach with bolts. Unlike most other EUBs, I kept the neck angle and bridge height roughly the same as a standard acoustic bass and I also used a standard bass endpin, instead of a tripod mount.
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Hans Bezemer » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:36 am

Thanks for posting that picture. You've build a really nice instrument!
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Jason Rodgers » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:26 pm

Justin Tugaoen wrote:Unlike most other EUBs, I kept the neck angle and bridge height roughly the same as a standard acoustic bass...

Huh, I guess I didn't realize that most EUBs don't. Seems like that would be sort of important to the feel of the instrument. This is cool!
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby John Mueller » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:22 pm

Could you post some pictures of the tailpiece?
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Justin Tugaoen » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:13 pm

Here's a couple better closeup pics of the bass, including the tailpiece
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Warren May » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:38 pm

Beautiful!
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Jason Rodgers » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:45 am

I shall assume the tailpiece is the reason most EUBs don't use actual bass geometry: you really gotta get those string ends up off the top. Dang, that's a seriously beefy chunk of maple!
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Gilbert Fredrickson » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:41 pm

Beautiful.
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Re: Maple Electric Upright Bass

Postby Barry Daniels » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:51 am

Is the back cracked?
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