I think this is quite cool!

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Posted by Jonas Tauber on November 09, 2001 at 17:36:46:

In Reply to: Re: arco acoustic bass guitar posted by TobyChen on August 09, 2001 at 20:56:52:

: : : I have just made an upright acoustic bass guitar (basically a bass guitar/double bass hybrid). It has the normal 34" scale of a bass guitar but a bigger body (cornerless, spruce carved front and maple carved back and soundpost) angled neck and and cello endpin to enable upright pizzicato/arco playing. The idea is to solve the problem of double bass portability and allow easier transition from bass guitar to upright playing, as well as being an acoustic bass guitar with greater resonance due to its larger soundboard and box volume.

: : : Does this interest anyone, or from the vague description above does it sound like an unoriginal or ineffective idea.

: : : Other features are a scrolled headstock, adjustable truss rod (essential due to its bass guitar inspired 12th fret body join) and adjustable bridge.

: : : Any form of communication will be greatly appreciated.

: : Sounds very interesting, Toby - if you have a photo I'm sure we'd all love to see your creation.

: : You might want to check out Steve Azola's Deco Bass at the link below.

It sounds similar, and I have played his bass at a NAMM show, though I don't recall if the bridge height/body shape would allow arco work.

: For further info, please click on the following link

: Cheers

Hey, this seems not only a great transition from electric to acoustic bass, but also a fantastic solution to the touring bass player, former cellist, who I am, in situations where the band really wants the esthetic of hand crafted instruments, so electric is out of the question, and lugging the huge full acoustic bass around to four countries for five weeks of playing every night becomes dangerous to the body...don't see any mention of pick up systems, but don't see how installing one of those that they put in the acoustic bass guitars wouldn't work just great. Also, for arco work, which I do a lot of, the strings used for electric basses are not ideal...that's where piccolo bass strings would probably be the best bet!


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