Instrumental Madness

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Michael Baresi
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Instrumental Madness

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Occasionally my love of building instruments and my love of art meld and become "Instrumental Madness" (The title of this art piece instrument I built)
Its a hollow body with a luan plywood top and back, maple fretboard,bone nut and saddle with a brass door hinge for the tailpiece.
More of a wall hanging than an actual instrument although it does play.
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I like your thinking, but why so many frets?

Here's the fretless upright bass I finished yesterday, made from a washing up bowl and some scrap wood I had lying around (I originally typed "crap wood", which is equally true).

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Bowl bass front by profchrisreed, on Flickr

Should come in handy at this coming weekend's ukulele festival, though some purists will complain that it has steel strings.

BTW, I like your device (what else can we call it), though I'm at a loss to know how you would hold it, let alone play it. Action pics perhaps?

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Hi Chris, hows the tone on that bad boy?
re: my piece, as I said, its more of a wall hanging than a real instrument. Just for show.

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Michael Baresi wrote:Hi Chris, hows the tone on that bad boy?
re: my piece, as I said, its more of a wall hanging than a real instrument. Just for show.
With a resonator on the back it sounds like ... I suppose a very cheap and quiet plywood bass with some banjo twang to it. Surprisingly good sustain though - the through neck I guess.

I shall find some time today to brace the top, as the bowl isn't quite up to the string pressure, and bolt on a resonator of 6mm MDF. Then perhaps I could do a sound sample.

And Michael, we need a sample from you!

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I do like both instruments!

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Ah, but will you like how my bass plays?

Unmodified sound sample, recorded on my laptop's built-in mic which isn't good on bass frequencies:

https://app.box.com/s/7vb0g4vy9l7trwv391gn

I added a bass line to a recording of me playing and singing, and boosted the bass slightly so it matched what I'm hearing:

https://app.box.com/s/rszkg8frfc8d3ov9l9e8

It's very unforgiving of poor technique (!) and pretty twangy, but should be fun at the uke festival.

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