IU Short-Scale Bass Project v2.0
Our second generation short-scale bass is deep into it’s design phase. This concept project is actually an extension of our ukulele bass project. In order to better understand the needs of the bass player we are developing a larger scale bass. This one will be a 30″ scale, solid-body electric. It will be a test mule for several design ideas and experiments. We will continue to develop our ukulele bass concurrently but that one will remain a semi-hollow-bodied instrument.
IU-SSB v.2.0 Specs
Body: premium hardwood plywood
Neck: book matched maple with carbon fibre reinforcement
Truss Rod: custom-length, bi-directional, adjustable rod
Fretboard: Pau Ferro with 12″ radius, zero fret and 24 frets total
Pickups: Aguilar DCB-G3 4 String M3(EMG 35) Size Dual Coil Set
Pre Amp: Mike Pope (volume, treb, mid, bass, etc — controls knobs)
Bridge: Hipshot AStyle 4-string .687 Bass Bridge Aluminum Chrome 17.5mm Spacing, or; KSM Foundation
Scale/Frets: 30″ Scale/24 frets
Width at Nut: 1 9/16ths
String Spacing at Bridge: 17.5 mm
Headless or not? That is the question.
Headless or not? As we've been playing our first solid body electric basses, we've definitely noticed the weight, particularly after playing ukuleles. Our v1.x basses, while lighter than most full-size basses, still are quite hefty. So the notion of going headless, as...