The goal of my electric upright bass design, is to incorporate the natural wood resonances of the acoustic upright bass into a portable low weight (3,5kg / 7.7lbs) instrument, while keeping the scale length of a ¾ bass and the possibility to use normal strings.
To achieve this goal, I ended up redesigning practically all components. Some components like the neck and tuners look familiar, others like the tailpiece, body and endpin, have undergone a drastic makeover. However, like in etymology, mutations can still be traced back to their origins.
The body is basically a bundle of slats held together at top and bottom, so the middle is free to resonate
Ultralight tuners: the set weighs only 300g / 0.66lbs (4x75g / 4x0.17lbs). Where possible, the heavy metal parts are replaced by lighter materials
The neck has traditional ergonomic and aesthetic features, while the weight is drastically reduced.
Pickup systems for upright basses come in wide variety. Here I'll discuss some deliberations towards the most suited system for this particular instrument
The endpin can be placed in the V-wing stand. The stand weighs 730grams and is foldable for easy transport
Headstock design; tradition and innovation, craftmanship, the role of CNC and handwork in the wokshop