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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/

Members: 113
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 Eric van de Cruijs on September 3, 2013 at 9:23am

Hi there,

I'm just into building cigarbox guitars after a workshop with Chickenbone John, and i got the bug .... Now i would like to build a simular 2 string bass like the Devils Tongue bass, is there anybody who can help me to find out how long the neck should be and what strings to use? Any info is welcome


Comment by Ted Crocker on April 9, 2013 at 3:40pm

Devil's Tongue Bass




First version before changes once I heard it


Comment by Ted Crocker on December 6, 2012 at 11:16am

Water bottle bass.  

The making of...

Comment by Wichita Sam on May 21, 2012 at 8:36pm

So, while I've been busy on the Lazarus Project guitar, I've needed a little break (Adult ADD again)... I decided to revisit a fun little build...


A 2-String Weed Wacker Bass...


Basic Description... 2 string of string trimmer line (0.105/0.080 gauges), 30 inch scale, 19 jumbo frets, corian nut and bridge, oak neck, piezo pup with volume control.  "chicken head" control knob, position markers (paper) punch cut from an old credit card.


The total build time was about 4 hours.  Tuned A-D for single note bass playing or A-F# for "bass/chord" playing....


Enjoy the pics.... the best,  Wichita Sam







Comment by Jeremiah Cornelius on August 7, 2011 at 8:18pm

Finished my Bass build - my plan worked.  I'm now playing more than building. ;-)

I was done last April, but like I say... Playing it alot.


Comment by Mark on May 1, 2011 at 1:10pm
To add to our instrument collection, having too many high end instruments,, it was time for a bass.. with a little thought, this popped out...it sounds great
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on April 5, 2011 at 10:31am
Comment by Wichita Sam on April 5, 2011 at 10:21am
Randy,,,, waaaaaaaayyy  cool!  more pics please...  Sam
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on April 5, 2011 at 9:42am
Can -o-Bass
Comment by Wichita Sam on February 18, 2011 at 5:10pm
thanks,  the scale lengths were  21, 15, 19, and 30... all true low E basses.. 

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