Thursday, 3 July 2014

One-off vintage hand-made violin bass guitar
Who's to say how old this one-off vintage hand-made violin bass guitar actually is, although I'd wager that it was post-Beatles seeing as it was McCartney that popularised the violin-shaped bass. The ingenuity that's gone into making this bass is something else. The neck appears to be from an old 6-string folk guitar - it still sports six tuners on the headstock - although the greater scale length required from a bass has necessitated a body extention to the back of the neck. Obviously the nut was replaced, plus a whole new fretboard for the bass scale, frets in the right places, etc.

The pickup is an old Kent WC-16 unit, which you'd usually see installed on a archtop acoustic guitar. The pickup is of the sliding variety which allows for repositioning so as to adjust the tone.

Currently listed on eBay with a starting bid of US $300. Auction ends later tonight.

G L Wilson

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1 comment:

  1. This bass isn't something I would play but I think it's great to look and marvel at the ingenuinity of whoever made it. It's rough in places yet there is something about it that makes it cool. I would love to know it's story. Someone obviously wanted a violin bass bad. I have never owned one myself but I often feel tempted to get a cheap Hofner.



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