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Project by byby posted 10-23-2014 12:19 AM 1799 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bass took me the better part of a year to finish. It has hard maple sides ,neck and back, the top is western red cedar. I built forms and steam bent the sides. the tuner head scroll is all hand carved,along with the curved fingerboard. It stands just over 6 feet tall. The guy at the sawmill didn’t believe me when i told him what i was going to use the maple for. It sounds good, although I cant play a note, my son can play it but mostly it’s just a conversation piece. Added a few pics of the build but I didn’t take very many. Pics are of plywood form, neck, and clamping/gluing .

-- Of all the varieties of wood I have used, I would have to say my favorite is FREE. Brian

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 12:42 AM

Quite an extraordinary project! Beautifully executed and I hope your son enjoys playing it.

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 01:45 AM

Man, what a conversation piece.
I am in the learning curve with steam bending and it is not going as easily as I had hoped.
Nicely done…................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 02:42 AM

Very impressive!

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#4 posted 10-23-2014 03:12 AM

Id play it. Great work.

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#5 posted 10-23-2014 04:01 AM

Top effort! One picture is a tease. I like bass porn, more please.

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#6 posted 10-23-2014 04:19 AM

Thaat’s a good looking “dog house”.....I’ve got a 1956-57 Epiphone that’s been in the family for that long…I plyed that bass in a bluegrass band for a couple of years…..It’s got that good “woody” sound to it….It’ll take yours a good while to get that sound, being it’s new, but with a lot of playing, it’ll open up….Stellar job on the build, and I know your son is proud to have it…..I would be….

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#7 posted 10-23-2014 05:31 AM

Looks great!

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#8 posted 10-23-2014 05:36 AM

Nice looking instrument!


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#9 posted 10-23-2014 10:52 AM

I can,t even imagine the work which went into this project and your talent level. I built a couple dulcimers which stretched my abilities more than I thought it would. Beautiful work. I know you love to hear the sound coming from this wonderful piece. Thanks for the inspirations.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 10-23-2014 11:40 AM

Wow excellent, love it. No build photos?

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#11 posted 10-23-2014 12:16 PM

Newer seen anyone build a non-electric bass before. Wow!
Like matthew I would love to see a little of the construction and how you deal with the different parts, bend the sides, carve the head etc.
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#12 posted 10-23-2014 03:01 PM

Most impressive,GREAT build,beautiful.

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#13 posted 10-23-2014 05:32 PM

I built a guitar once back in the 1970s. I have always wanted to build an upright bass! Fantastic project and it looks like a beauty!


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#14 posted 10-23-2014 05:47 PM

Beautifully done and certainly something to be very proud of.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 10-23-2014 08:51 PM

Wow. Nice job, and you REALLY dont play the bass? That’s kinda like someone building a hot rod from the ground up yet they dont know how to drive! :-)

Gonna TRY to put the link to a video that this reminds me of…

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