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Two String Electric Bass

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jerry Lee, May 30, 2018.

  1. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I found a piece of oak just the right length in the wood pile so the door threshold fingerboard will wait for another project. Went ahead and glued the oak on. Not quite sure how I will finish it. Maybe just clear lacquer but the plans do say to dye it black. I still need to radius the fingerboard so I might stain it ebony after I radius it and then cut and sand it to the neck width to give it some faux binding.
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  2. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    Wow. This thing is just sooooo cool.
     
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  3. Mase

    Mase Tele-Meister

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    Yep, I'm really liking this.
     
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  4. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Not too exciting picture wise but I radiused the fingerboard today. Went with 12" radius because it's the only block I have. Not a dramatic difference but the plans to say to curve the fingerboard slightly. In this case very slightly. 20180702_150247.jpg 20180702_151256.jpg 20180702_151234.jpg In fact barely noticable.
     
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  5. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

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    Cool Project.

    Are you aware of a guy named Stig Pedersen?
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    He's the bass player for a danish rock band called "D-A-D" which stands for "Disneyland After Dark."
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    He has some crazy custom basses which all share one common thing: they have two strings.
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  6. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I have seen pictures of the backward bass. Didn't ever notice it only had two strings.
     
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  7. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I seriously didn't realize 2 string basses are really a thing. I have just been on the Google and there a lots of 2 stringers out there. I must be weird. I actually play all four strings on my bass. Maybe I'm trying too hard. :D
     
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  8. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Morphine used a 2 string bass.. I think the Presidents of the USA played with a 2 string bass as well....

     
  9. epizootics

    epizootics Tele-Meister

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    This project is way too cool :)

    Two-stringers are actually a lot of fun to play, and truly usable instruments. I made this little bugger a few months ago:

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    It is only a crude, one-afternoon thing I made specifically for a recording session because I needed fretless sounds, but I found myself playing it a lot more than I thought I would. The body/neck is one piece of walnut I salvaged from work (the curve on top is actually the natural curve from the outside of the tree). I had to fit the controls inside a little piece of mahogany which I screwed to the bottom because there was so little space left once I attached that stupidly oversized Jazzmaster rail pickup to the 'body'.


    If your winder proves to be too much of a pain to get running again, just send me a PM and I'll wind you a pickup, free of charge! I really like where this build is going :)
     
  10. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    Legend!!

    Mark Sandman of Morphine... the song ‘Buena’ changed music for me forever!

    If I recall correctly he died of a heart attack onstage, aged around 50...

    Sad loss, but he influenced so many people!!
     
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  11. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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  12. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    And now I want to build myself a 2 string bass!!
     
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  13. papaschtroumpf

    papaschtroumpf Tele-Holic

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    Nov 24, 2015
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    Cool project! I think k there is something like that in my future! Love the door stop spike :)

    I have always want to try ebonizing oak and I have a piece of red oak that would make a good fingerboard as long as I glue it to something bigger. Maybe a 3 piece skunk stripe style sandwich?

    Looking forward to the pickup making as it's the part I have no experience with (I love the idea of a piezzo but that feels like a cop out so I would likely do both?

    I might look into scroll style headstock? Why keep things simple :)

    Subscribed!
     
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  14. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    That is so cool. It's like Mad Max's bass.
    Thanks for the offer of winding the pickup. This winder is my attempt to make/tribute to Leo's original winder. I have the hall sensors and digital counter to set my lathe up for winding too. So we'll see if I need help.
     
  15. Chordophonic

    Chordophonic Tele-Meister

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    Me too! I have a short scale Harley Benton neck doing nothing, I can feel a project coming on!
     
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  16. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I thought about ebonizing the fingerboard but it takes at least a week to make the solution and I have some ebony stain. I will probably brew up some ebonizing solution anyway because I have wanted to try it for a while.

    It will have a magnetic pickup. Barncaster suggested two sewing machine bobbins with alnico 5 magnets wired humbucker style. Genius.

    The piezo is more because I want an acoustic sound and I want to experiment with various piezos, (chips, films, coax) and preamps.

    Scroll headstock would be so cool. I am trying to keep this close to the original plans but I am pretty sure there will be one in my future that takes it to another level.
     
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  17. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Do it! :)
     
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  18. papaschtroumpf

    papaschtroumpf Tele-Holic

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    Same here which is why I mentioned it, plus it's much more "DIY".

    Let us know the piezzo selection process was you go through. My only piezzo experience is ripping the sound emitting wafer from a fire alarm or a clip-on tuner and gluing it into a cigar box. Works great but picks up a y tapping or rubbing on the body (which I would use to my advantage for rhythm if I had any skill)
     
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  19. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    I built a totally crazy monstrosity last year that is still waiting on a 3-way switch. Hard to even classify it. It's a 5 string 27" scale baritone guitar bass that happens to be fretless and headless. It uses big anchor bolts as tuners. I was going for homemade and it doesn't work great, but it does work. The body is a large cookie tin.
    So I guess it's a headless, fretless, tinjo Bass V.
    It has a rod piezo bridge and a old Japanese large single coil pickup under a dog ear P90 cover in the neck. The piezo works fine. I started off with a 500k volume pot because of the impedance difference, but I'm going to try a 250k because the rod piezo is a little different.
    Here's a couple pics without the neck pickup. I'll probably finish this thing next month. That's a good name for it - "The Thing".
     

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  20. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I have about that much experience with piezos too. That's why I want to experiment. To dig deeper. Also why I want to test preamp circuits.
     
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