I'm thinking about building a CBBG (Cigar Box Bass Guitar) and was wondering about how wide the neck would need to be? Could I get away with gluing two red oak 1x2's together, side-by-side? Not much of a woodworker, so if it involves TOO much labor, I probably won't do it. :)
both playability and tension, but you can mange tension with shorter scale and string choice.
For reference a p-bass neck is about 2 1/4 at it's widest ( I happen to have one here)
a 1x2 isn't really 1x2, it's really about 1-1/2"x3/4", so 2 joined on the short side gives you aout 3" (3/4" too wide) x 3/4 thick which is too thin IMHO. You could thicken it up by adding a fretboard, but then you would have to source some 1/4 think board.
maybe start with a two or three string bass on a 1x2 neck.
a 4 string (steel string) bass is probably beyond a beginner. I think it would require a truss rod to avoid the neck being so thick as to be unplayable. Think about starting with a 2 string (steel) or an alternative string material....
Just a thought....
Unless I used a pre-made bass neck. ;)
I remember seeing something about RUBBER strings? Anyone heard of those?