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Homemade Bass Builders

This group is for everyone who has or wants to build their own bass, either standup or other types.Here`s a great site to check out some awesome homemade stand up basses http://ebass.nl/site2/photos/

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Latest Activity: Feb 9, 2019

Discussion Forum

Upright wastub bass

Started by Leonard Rice. Last reply by Alan Davis Apr 1, 2017. 3 Replies

So I lurk here a lot.  I've been wanting to play an upright but won't be forking over the $ to see if I really like it or not.  So after looking around and freely stealing ideas off the net.  This is…Continue

My Bass Ukulele build

Started by Tom Lauten. Last reply by Tom Lauten Feb 6, 2017. 2 Replies

Over a year and a half ago I started planning my ukulele bass project. After a short debate I decided it was a solid body bass that was my goal. Fretted or fretless was the next choice, I went for…Continue

walking blues on 2 string

Started by William Reinhardt. Last reply by jim Feb 29, 2016. 3 Replies

I am just starting to build a 2 string cigar box bass, and I want to learn to play some "walking" bass lines. Do you have any advice on where to go for "walking bass" instruction?Continue

Corkscrew ubass

Started by Bobby Fields. Last reply by Bobby Fields Dec 31, 2015. 2 Replies

So I made my self a ubass of sorts.My wife bought a cork screw in a real nice box at Goodwill. I got the box to make my bass with.Any how the only stings I could find only a hour away was Road Toad.…Continue

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Comment by Ragtimelil on March 18, 2014 at 8:19pm

Wow. Nice. (what exactly is a piccolo bass?)

Comment by Alan Davis on March 18, 2014 at 7:59pm

Got my first coat of paint on the piccolo bass- did get a couple of small runs that I will have to sand out but no big deal- first time with this kinda paint.

Comment by Alan Davis on March 11, 2014 at 6:53pm

Well I managed to cut down and re-sand a P bass body that was a donation. It will become my Piccolo bass one day soon.

Comment by Greg Bement on January 30, 2014 at 12:36pm


Hi all, after finishing all the CBG for grand kids time to work on my boat paddle bass.  So far I have notched and mounted the tuning keys, drill and set in brass collars for the strings to pass through from the back side.  I have two questions/recommendations as to what gauge weed-eater line to use or better to go with true bass strings and there gauge?  Also thinking of using a top of the bridge pickup, any results on those?  Guess that's more then two questions, lol.

Thanks, Greg

Comment by Chuck Cobillas on January 29, 2014 at 8:22pm
Sounds great Lil, be sure to share some pics!
Good Luck!
Comment by Ragtimelil on January 29, 2014 at 7:38am

That is a gorgeous bass, looks and sound. I've decided that I"m going to use a 3/4 size guitar instead of a baritone. I'd like to be able to play acoustic and I'd think the larger sound box would be better. Besides that, I found one that is almost as cheap as the baritone I was looking at. Off to visit family now.....

Comment by Chuck Cobillas on January 28, 2014 at 10:16pm
Here is a link to a sound check video I posted on Cigar Box Nation with the UBass.
Comment by Ragtimelil on January 25, 2014 at 6:41pm

Thanks so much! I'm going to try to assemble some materials next month and see what I have to work with. I really like your UBass!

Comment by Chuck Cobillas on January 25, 2014 at 6:27pm


I'm certainly no expert on Bass but I just built my first Cigar Box UBass last month and it is quite different from any other "regular" builds I have done. The strings are so fat you have to keep that in mind when laying out the tuning machines, nut and bridge. If you were converting a Baritone Ukulele I would think that the biggest challang would be to get the very large tuning machines mounted so they have enough room.

Here is a link to the one I built:



There is info on the pics about what parts I used. I would be glad to help out with any info I can but as I already said I"m no expert.

Good Luck!

Comment by Ragtimelil on January 25, 2014 at 3:39pm

I'm pretty new to this site. I'm living in a small camper right now so a full size bass isn't possible. I started playing my dulcimer and ukulele for entertainment but I really miss my bass. I've read about converting a baritone uke to a u bass. I'd like to try this. Has anyone done this?


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