Blue Haze Cigar Box Bass#2--3 String--Fretless

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Project by drbyte posted 03-24-2011 04:44 PM 6173 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three string fretless bass guitar with a 30” scale with a Henry Clay Cigar Box body. This is bass #2. Mahogany neck with curly maple finger board. Nylon strings, .065”, .080” and .095”. It is tuned E-A-D, same as top three strings on a standard electric bass guitar. The neck has fret positions marked but no raised frets. The position markers are done with 1/16” black plastic inlaid into a saw kerf 1/8” deep then sanded flush. Sounds more like an upright bass than an electric bass guitar. It plays real smooth, good action, no string noise or fret noise and slides from note to note are really smooth. Requires a better player than I am to make it sound great. It also requires more concentration on playing because the strings have to be pressed down at exactly the right spot to be on the note, no sloppy playing allowed with a fretless. The bridge is Bubinga with a brass rod saddle. The sound hole trim is a sliding pocket door finger pull. Tuners are skulls from CBGitty. Tailpiece is brass door latch. Small brass corners hold box closed. Dual 20mm Piezo elements embedded in epoxy in neck directly under bridge. Figured the sticker from ‘Outlaw Hobbies’ fit in nice with the skull tuners! Comments/critique always welcome! Thanks for looking.

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 05:10 PM

Is that a door strikeplate I see? Really awesome.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 06:07 PM

very nice!!! I love the skulls and the door strikeplate!! great job!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 06:19 PM

Door strike plate it is! Just the perfect size and shape for a guitar tailpiece!
Thanks ‘tomakazi’.

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 07:56 PM

I really like it. I have wanted to make one, but have net been able to find a guide.

Can you share where you got the plans, or some pics of the inner works?

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 08:46 PM

Here is the best place to start, we have blogs, plans, and lots of hints and tips. I will assist in any way I can.

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 11:59 PM

Very creative!!! I love it when someone takes everyday household objects and turn them into functioning works or art…. keep up the great work!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 04:53 AM

Thanks for your kind comments there Tim.

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 07-13-2014 09:46 AM

Hi, nicely done congrats :-))
Are the strings not a bit too thin?
Greets, Jack

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