First Double Bass Build Completed

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First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by hillbillybass » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:22 am

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I posted anything about my double bass build, but I've been steadily working on it. I won't say it's finished because I reckon I'll be tweaking the set up for a while to come, but the build stage it complete. It's now in action at gigs and I'm pretty happy with the sound for a new instrument. It's even across all strings, has good volume acoustically, sounds great plugged into an amp or PA and sounds...like a bass! It's been getting a great reaction from people at gigs and jam sessions, and they've been asking if and when I'll ever build another one. I'm sure I will, but not for a while. Thank you to everyone here on ANZLF for your input and support throughout my first double bass build.

Michael
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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by WJ Guitars » Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:12 pm

A very interesting instrument build adventure. Looks amazing!

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by Woodsy23 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:55 pm

What an outstanding instrument. I'd love to hear more about the building process. It seems to be way more complex than most acoustic guitars.
Well done.
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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by blackalex1952 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:30 pm

Excellent! Any chance of some soundbytes? What pickup system did you use and what kind of strings have you fitted? Cheers! Ross
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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by blackalex1952 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:32 pm

Also.... Did you 'spring' the bass bar? Ross
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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by asgilbert » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:32 pm

:cl What a great project Michael. Looks great... nice to hear it if we could.

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by hillbillybass » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:05 am

I tried to upload a short video, but it wouldn't load. Ross, I've fitted Helicore Hybrid srings and a fishman BP100 pickup with the piezo fitted in the wings of the bridge. I didn't spring the bass bar.

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by hillbillybass » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:45 am

Unable to upload a sound clip either. Seems this is not possible for Apple Quicktime mov videos or m4a soundclips. How does one upload sound clips?

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by 56nortondomy » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:25 pm

Most put the clips on youtube and then post a link. Wayne

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by kiwigeo » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:12 pm

Nice work on that "big guitar" Michael :)

Re videos....unfortunately the BBS software doesn't support direct uploading of videos as far as I know. Youtube is the easiest way to air a video clip.

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Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:45 am
Unable to upload a sound clip either. Seems this is not possible for Apple Quicktime mov videos or m4a soundclips. How does one upload sound clips?
Martin

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by johnparchem » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:56 am

Wow! gorgeous instrument.

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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by blackalex1952 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:55 pm

Dropbox works and is free...you just upload your files then click on 'share' then up load a link for those interested to download. Here is a link to me playing a Jazz Manouche tune:https://www.dropbox.com/preview/Phoebe% ... e=personal
(I won't leave this link active for long)
ps:I probably wouldn't have got past the outboard motor and the rollocks on that build...ahh, but I have a double bass in my kitchen, for practice whilst cooking, as well as home recording :mrgreen:
cheers, Ross
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Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Post by Petecane » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:19 pm

That's what I call commitment.
Beautiful work.
Carving a volute to that standard is not easy.
I also like the light color.
Superb.
Pete

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