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UkeNukem
10-07-2015, 08:38 AM
Here is another idea I tried based on much Internet research - converting an acoustic guitar to acoustic bass. Thought I would share it here.

Here are the direct links to the posts on the Talkbass forum - bass guitar - luthier's corner

Top of thread (another person's conversion)
http://www.talkbass.com/threads/my-acoustic-guitar-to-bass-conversion.1168341/

Start of my comments (look for yellow "Trip Hazard" on left.
http://www.talkbass.com/threads/my-acoustic-guitar-to-bass-conversion.1168341/#post-17656724

It worked out great and should be doable by anyone with basic skills and tools.

kohanmike
10-07-2015, 07:55 PM
I had my eyes on converting a Yamaha small guitar to a bass, but at the risk of being reprimanded again for hijacking a thread, I ended up converting a Les Paul 22" scale solid body electric instead, which I've posted on the Talk Bass forum.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/LP Bass orig.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/LP Gotoh 600.jpg

UkeNukem
10-08-2015, 06:38 AM
I did see that one and thought it was an exceptional mod! Did you find the 6 pole pickups a problem with the 4 bass strings or are they close enough to a pole to even it out?

kohanmike
10-08-2015, 11:07 AM
The six string pickups are no problem at all to my ear, I think it sounds really good. I was just at Guitar Center WLA and saw a really nice Martin 3/4 acoustic guitar for $309 that could be made into a bass too, 22.5" scale, 33" long, but since I have two very nice small acoustic basses, I'm not planning on it.

mrufino1
10-08-2015, 01:11 PM
Here's mine:
Passive, I just finished it in the first video:
http://youtu.be/xHzE0uiKZXs

Active, braid piezo pickup, endpin preamp
https://youtu.be/3ZD41NVGKUg

UkeNukem
10-14-2015, 02:53 AM
Here's mine:
Passive, I just finished it in the first video:
http://youtu.be/xHzE0uiKZXs

Active, braid piezo pickup, endpin preamp
https://youtu.be/3ZD41NVGKUg

Sounds great! Are those Thundergut strings? Sure sound solid, great job man.

mrufino1
10-15-2015, 05:15 PM
Yes, thunderguts. I did that one more to see if I could, it's rough but works. I did actually play it on a gig for a cocktail jazz set though. The bass sounded good, even if I didn't!