chennik Posted June 16, 2007 Report Share Posted June 16, 2007 Even though I don't have a single completed build of my own done yet, I'm naturally thinking about the next dozen or so builds that I'd like to do. Anyhow, I had this idea to build a bass for my wife (who has never really played but can pick up a bass and knock out a decent bassline like a pro). The problem is, she's on the smaller side and has small hands and short arms and the like, and my 34" scale bass is bigger than she is. I'm thinking a 30" scale bass would probably be a good match for her. That said, I know that the shorter scale bass is reputed to have "dull and lifeless" tone. I've been thinking of ways to get around that and I'd like to know what everyones thoughts are. The idea I have is a Maple/Walnut/Maple neck through with possibly maple wings. That would make it rather heavy, but chances are she'd be playing it seated anyhow. For pickups, I was looking at a P style neck pickup with a Stingray style humbucker in the bridge, reason being that both she and I are a fan of the Stingray sound, and the P bass sound, so why not combine the two? I'm looking to get something with a relatively bright and punchy tone. Does anyone have any ideas for what might help in this with regards to hardware and electronics? I'm considering hotter versions of the pickups as one option that I think might work, but beyond that, I'm not sure what to do. Another consideration are the body wings, I was thinking possibly silver maple for the wings, since it is easier to work, slightly lighter and readily available at low prices to me. Problem is, I'm not really sure how that sounds as a tone wood, specifically for bass. I could go with hard maple for the wings, like I am doing for the neck, but I dont know if the difference is really worthwhile. More importantly though, I could be overlooking some other wood for the body wing that may be better suited that I'm not thinking of. I am trying to keep most of the construction being north american hardwoods, since I have an abundant supply of those at the sawmill that's 10 miles down the road from me. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts and suggestions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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