View Full Version : My U Bass Build

10-14-2014, 01:56 PM
Hey guys, I just wanted to share some photos of my recently completed U Bass. It is my first acoustic build. It is a 21" scale fretted baritone size bass. It has black limba top, back and sides. The neck is laminated mahogany, walnut and maple. The fretboard is ebony and the rosette is spalted maple. The tuners are Grotoh, and it has a Belcat under saddle piezo pickup. The finish is shellac. Building it was a lot of fun, and it is a lot of fun to play.


10-14-2014, 02:20 PM
Great looking! What strings are on it?

10-14-2014, 02:40 PM
Thanks, They are the basic Kala U Bass strings.


little timber
10-15-2014, 03:40 AM
looks awesome. love the laminated neck! how does it sound plugged in?

10-15-2014, 06:49 AM
It has that upright acoustic bass sound. You end up getting quite a bit of "string noise" from the piezo pickup, which adds to that sound. The pickup has a treble and bass fader, and I like the sound best when the treble is down and bass is up. I have a recording up on youtube of a blues tune played with friends using only instruments I've built, but the balance isn't great, and you can't hear enough bass.

little timber
10-15-2014, 08:43 AM
seems like every pickup I have put in an acoustic instrument has had issues with being overly sensitive to feedback... do you have that issue with your bass?

10-15-2014, 10:52 AM
Not this one, although with small practice amps I have to turn it all the way up to get a decent volume. On full size bass amp rig, though, it is fine. I have made a couple of homeade piezo pickups sandwiched between two pieces of ebony, and those will feedback like crazy if they are too close to the speaker cabinet.

10-15-2014, 10:58 AM
This is the pickup I used:


The built in tuner works great too.

Pete Howlett
10-15-2014, 11:04 AM
Having used these impossible strings and those gruesome tuners I now use
http://www.guitars.de/stevens-custom-guitar/stevens-grundmodelle/ukulelen/bass-ukulele-english/ as an inspiration for my bass ukulele. A much better aesthetic solution.:

10-15-2014, 12:07 PM
I've gone ahead and attached some of the obligatory build photos.

10-15-2014, 12:13 PM
Pete, I wouldn't call them impossible or gruesome, but I appreciate the link. That is the first time I've seen those strings/tuners. How much do they cost? I can't seem to find the price on the site, but I am on my phone.


10-15-2014, 12:14 PM
Pete, what do those strings sound like. Acoustic upright, or more like an electric bass?

Pete Howlett
10-15-2014, 12:37 PM
Follow the website links to video on YouTube.

little timber
10-15-2014, 03:56 PM
I think it looks great. Love the build photos and adore the rosette. What did you use as a cover for that little access port in the back?

10-16-2014, 08:17 AM
Thanks littletimber, I drilled a small hole and used a scrollsaw to cut out the port, so the cover is the same wood as the back.