verhoevenc Posted February 3, 2011 Report Share Posted February 3, 2011 Hey bass guys. I'm designing a new bass shape, and now that I'm doing my design in CAD some smaller things are starting to be more manageable and interesting when it comes to design elements. One in particular is string-to-edge-of-fretboard measurements. On a guitar this isn't a HUGE deal, cause the thickest guitar string's radius is minimal when compared to the 1/8" people generally place between the string's center and the edge. Therefore, it really doesn't make a HUGE difference whether you do that 1/8" from the center of the string, or from the edge of the string (therefore making the distances different on the high e and low E strings). However, with bass strings being as big as they are this makes a BIG difference. Let's take a 5-string's low B at .135" and a high G at .045". Making a matching measurement from the centers-to-edge is no longer an options here like it is on a guitar because for instance if we took 1/8" we'd be left with .1025" from the high G to the edge (DOable), and only .0575" (less than a 1/16") from the low B to the edge... you'd knock that over the edge while playing WAY too often. So, we therefore must do different measurements and I'm assuming the best way to approach this is to do an edge-to-edge-of-string measurement. However, what we then end up with is a neck with an asymmetrical taper. Not that that's bad, just curious. I guess my questions would therefore me: 1) What string/edge measurement do you usually use. 2) How do you design your necks and do these thoughts factor into the decision? Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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