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Re: Bowed Acoustic Bass Guitar

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Posted by TobyChen on August 12, 2001 at 08:40:40:

In Reply to: Re: Bowed Acoustic Bass Guitar posted by Joe on August 11, 2001 at 16:19:43:

: I looked at the photos. I'd like to know why this is called an acoustic Bass
: Guitar rather than a small size Bass Violin. I ask this because it looks like a
: Cello or a Bass rather than a guitar.

The main difference is the neck construction, the 12th fret body join is derived from that of the guitar rather than the violin family which has a comparitively shorter neck (hence the truss rod). It is designed to accomodate bass guitar players, so the neck and the scale length feels familiar. The scale is a lot longer than that of the cello and although bass violins can be constructed with a 34" scale, the body would be much larger and the neck would be shorter.

My objective was to make an instrument that felt like an acoustic bass guitar, that could be played upright (pizz. at first but then I learned more and found out how to make it arco capable, with the neck angle and soundpost).

The fact that this bass was designed to accept conventional bass guitar machines and strings also makes it alot cheaper to maintain.

Essentially, although it is a hybrid by design, it must be said that J.G Stauffer of Vienna (the boss of C.F.Martin, the guitar man) created in 1824, a bass viol with a guitar scale and tuning (EADGBE), a bowed guitar, for which Franz Schubert later wrote a sonata . He called this instrument an 'Arpeggione'. so the true label for the 'arco acoustic bass guitar' would be a 'bass arpeggione'.

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