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Old 02-21-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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Pot Can I Use A Guitar Body To Build A Bass Guitar?

i have a stratocaster style body that was a guitar, but now i want to turn it into a bass guitar.

will i be able to buy a bass neck, pickups and bridge that will fit and sound ok?

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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It probably is possible BUT:

1. The chances are it will be incredibly neck heavy.
2. It would require a huge amount of work to turn a guitar body into something usable as a bass. Bigger neck pocket, rerouted holes for pups etc.
3. There is no guarantee that it would work properly.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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if you keep the bridge where it is on the strat already, you're gonna have to get a pretty long neck to get a 'standard' scale length of a bass.
honestly, i have no idea if it will work. but i'm sure there will be limitations somewhere along the road.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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It may be possible. Alternatively, you could try a baritone neck
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #5
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http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/%2...A%2A%2A-866780/

Can't see why you couldn't do similar with a strat body. might want to fill the trem cavity though.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #6
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There's a company called Landing you may want to take a look at for inspiration: http://www.landingbass.com/New%20Main%20Page.html. They specialize in making short scale basses with strat and tele guitar style bodies.

It's not as simple as trying to bolt a spare P bass neck onto a strat body and calling it good. I'd recommend making it a short scale (30" is pretty standard). Research it a bit.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:09 AM   #7
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The strings would be bigger, so if the body was the only thing, your bridge, saddle, nut, etc would need to be replaced. But I don't know if the neck and head stock would be wide enough. I guess if you found a bass neck and headstock that fit the guitar body..
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:13 AM   #8
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the neck pocket will need some adjusting and you'll have to move the bridge
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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It's completely do-able, but it makes no financial sense whatsoever unless you just desperately need a project to dump money into.

For less than the cost of the components you will need you can buy either a Samick/Greg Bennett Corsair CR-1 (34" scale) or a CR-13 (30" scale). Both use a Strat-size body with P/J pickups and neither costs more than $200 delivered. Quality is on par with, or a bit better than, a Squier VM. Gratuitous link provided:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...0corsair%20bass

So again, unless you just need a project that requires a cash outlay you will never recoup then consider selling your Strat body and buy a Corsair (assuming you want a bass with a Strat-size body).
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:24 PM   #10
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This is a shot of a 1962 Burns Split Sound 6 String Bass that I owned about 6 years ago.
It is identical to the guitar version of this except for the nut, tuners and trem unit having capacity for thicker strings.
As with a guitar it is tuned E-E
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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If there are any doubters here's me using a Burns 6 string Bass way back in 1964

I've also got shots of it being used for lead guitar in 1968.

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:25 PM   #12
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Its possible, I planned on doing it to a tele body once upon a time but in the end it would have simply been too costly to be worthwhile. It would most likely need to be a short scale and even then require the bridge to be moved almost off the body, you would also need to widen the neck joint, all-in-all lots of work but if you can pull it off you'll have a sweet unique bass!
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:56 AM   #13
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Its possible, I planned on doing it to a tele body once upon a time but in the end it would have simply been too costly to be worthwhile. It would most likely need to be a short scale and even then require the bridge to be moved almost off the body, you would also need to widen the neck joint, all-in-all lots of work but if you can pull it off you'll have a sweet unique bass!


Didn't you read my two posts above?



This was the same 6 string bass been re-strung used as lead guitar in 68, I'm using a Harmony Bass.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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Wow man, that's really, really cool! those pictures are awesome.
Did you sell the 6string bass?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:56 AM   #15
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Didn't you read my two posts above?



This was the same 6 string bass been re-strung used as lead guitar in 68, I'm using a Harmony Bass.



Ease up, i'm sure your 6 string was great and have no doubts its possible, I was simply answering the question of converting a strat Guitar (using the BODY) into a traditional 4 string bass much like this.

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/Telebass.jpg

Which would require doing what I stated
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:11 PM   #16
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i have a stratocaster style body that was a guitar, but now i want to turn it into a bass guitar.

will i be able to buy a bass neck, pickups and bridge that will fit and sound ok?

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You can do it all on a guitar neck and body with a few mods. One of our local tech/builders has already done it.
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Wow man, that's really, really cool! those pictures are awesome.
Did you sell the 6string bass?

I swapped the one I had in the 60s for a 65 Fender Jazz Bass.

The more recently owned Burns 6 string Bass went to a guy in France.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:08 PM   #18
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You can do it all on a guitar neck and body with a few mods. One of our local tech/builders has already done it.



I think what he is asking is if he could mount a standard 4 string neck to strat body, not asking if he could do it without extreme modifications.
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