Huon Pine & Tassy Mrytle Acoustic Bass

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Huon Pine & Tassy Mrytle Acoustic Bass

Post by lamanoditrento » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:17 am

I have just delivered this bass that was started just before lockdown. It is falcate braced, 17 fret to the body with a body loosely based on a 17" arch top shape. The specs are

Soundboard: Huon pine (via David Linton)
Back, sides, rosette & headstock: Tasmania myrtle (via Bobthebuilder)
Neck & bridge: QLD mahgony
Cutawy & endgraft: Movingui
Fretboard: Ringed gidgee (via Pete Curly) with GMOP inlay
Schaller Machine heads
K&K 3 transducer pure bass pickup
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Re: Huon Pine & Tassy Mrytle Acoustic Bass

Post by WJ Guitars » Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:34 am

Looks amazing Trent. Recently I had an enquiry from a local music shop that was interested in the falcate bracing idea for a bass guitar just like your posting. I be interested to know how it sounds and your comments on building / design aspects.

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Re: Huon Pine & Tassy Mrytle Acoustic Bass

Post by lamanoditrento » Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:44 am

As the string tension is pretty much the same on a bass as a guitar, I pretty much kept the process the same. The target thickness for this huon pine came in at 3.2mm for the wider lower bout. Mine is much much louder than any I've tried (mind you I only tried factory basses in a couple of music store). Acoustic bass string require a much higher action, so you need to account for that in your design. Also, I would check the tuners fit in a case for any design as I've had to modify a case to get it to fit
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Re: Huon Pine & Tassy Mrytle Acoustic Bass

Post by Valben » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:42 am

Beautiful instrument Trent :-) thanks for sharing.
I never built an acoustic bass but I have been always tempted … and my brother has been pestering me for the last few years.
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