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A recording of me on dulcimer and my new bass ukulele. (In case anyone wondered what it sounds like.) I really think it sounds better in person, but I look better in person too....

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Comment by Ragtimelil on April 7, 2014 at 7:42pm

That must have been something to hear....

Looking forward to hearing your build!

Comment by Patter Hatfield on April 7, 2014 at 6:33pm

Yep! a few weeks ago played the gut bucket(wash tub) bass with 7 uke players at a Senior Center and had a great time listening for a bending note : )

Will try the weed wacker line too and see how that sounds on a future CBG I will be making. Just getting parts together.


Comment by Ragtimelil on April 7, 2014 at 2:12pm

You might have to order them online. Not too many bass ukes out there. Do you mean a washtub bass? They may be too short for you. They are easy on the fingers but they're a little flabby and sticky. OK once you get used to it. I like the sound of them though. You could try weed wacker line too. I know some professional uke players even use that.

Comment by Patter Hatfield on April 7, 2014 at 1:12pm

Thanks Ragtimelil

I will check on those strings at music store...looks like they are user friendly  strings for pluckin n strummin.

Right now I am using rope on gut bucket and wonder how it would sound after putting one on along with pizeo pick up.

It's great to have info on the how too's with you tube...maybe find a trick or  two working with adjusting nut.

Thanks for the tip!

Comment by Ragtimelil on April 7, 2014 at 11:40am

Patter, Thanks!

The strings are Aquila Thundergut strings, made for bass ukulele. They are actually rubber or some such thing. I'm still trying to adjust the nut on this baby. I should get another one and start over. I might at some point. Tip: hold the nail with a pair of pliers! It will get hot enough to melt plastic.

Comment by Patter Hatfield on April 7, 2014 at 11:30am

Hey Ragtimelil, I enjoyed the playing on your bass. I'm new to CBG and read comments on the old candle and nail trick. New to me. What are those strings made out of? Thanks...just starting first project.

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Comment by Ragtimelil on March 27, 2014 at 7:34pm

Finally got the new turners on. If I were to do it again, I'd spring for bass uke tuners rather than electric bass tuners. They were meant to all go on one side. I had to flip two over to make them fit. Also had to file the slots to accommodate the tuners. That wasn't so bad, but then I had to file the slot in the low E tuner to make the fat E string fit. Ended up cramming it in there.Still, it sounds OK and I'm loving being able to practice bass.

Oh, one tip a repairman suggested. instead of filing the nut which was plastic, he suggested I burn it with a soldering iron or something. (I did the old candle and nail method.)

Comment by Ragtimelil on March 13, 2014 at 9:40am

Thanks, Roy.It's just what I've been needing.

Comment by Ragtimelil on March 12, 2014 at 10:28pm

Thanks Mark. I might eventually get a pick up and amp but it seems to do the job at the jam sessions and it gives me something to practice. I have to say I'm happy with it.

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