Re: Making an electric guitar into a bass

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Posted by nick on January 07, 2002 at 02:36:45:

In Reply to: Re: Making an electric guitar into a bass posted by Nick on January 07, 2002 at 02:28:04:

: : Is it possible to use a regular electric guitar and put bass strings on it to turn it into a bass. I was just wondering if it would sound almost the smae once you uned it. My parents are cheap and won't buy me a bass becuase i already have an electric guitar.

yeah, in theoryi ts possible, but it sill sound and play horribe. you will need a different bridge, and have to carve a new nut in the neck, and you will not be able to tune to 440, because of the shorter length between the bridge and neck. and to top it all off, after all your hard work, your new bass will sound like total garbage.

my suggestion, if you are on a limited budget, is to check out pawn shops. keep going, every few weeks, see what they got in. just keep going and play everything there.

one of th ebest basses ive ever owned, both in sound quality and playability, was an Aria Pro II, that i bought at a pawn shop for $125. its neck was unusually thin, both in width and depth, which suited my smaller than average size hands excellently. and it had a set of emg select passive pickups, which sounded very good. it had a cheap roller style bridge, so i replaced that with a Smith bridge, for about $60. i couldnt believe the difference in sound it make. it was great. aside from my fretless im playing now 9and a fretless that im lusting over at guitar center), it was the best feeling bass ive ever played. and ive played lots.

unfortunately, in a moment of haste and desperation, i sold it to the bass player in a band i was playing guitar in at the time. he still has it and is still playing it live and in the studio, and refuses to take any amount of money for the moral? i dunno...check out the pawn shops.

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