#1
So after getting my body blank for my guitar build all cut out I had some left over wood. I had no clue with what to build. And I wasn't going to just throw it away, cuz that would be a waste of the mahogony. That's when I came across this video http://youtube.com/watch?v=jedF70lnzqc.
I thought it was pretty awesome. And I was really interested in the thing that claypool was playing. I did some research and discovered that it was a whamola. I looked for some plans but couldn't find any.
So my question is, does anybody have any plans for one or know where I can get some?
And what are the things that I'm gonna need to build it?
Thanks
#2
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Way to be an ignorant dumbass. I applaud your efforts. There's more to it than what you said.
-bridge
-pickup
-pully system
-and since I don't have a 6 foot long piece of wood laying around I have to connect smaller pieces. But making joints on the end grain doesn't work very well so what kind of joint should I use?
I'm looking for a more detailed plan and to know if I missed anything.
#3
to make a joint, do it like you would to make a neck, cut the ends at an angle, and then glue them opposite, so it makes just one long piece of wood.
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#4
Hello, I'am building one for my son. Just waiting for the pickup to arrive .It's all aluminum. There is a couple of pieces of maple.
#5
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True that man.
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#8
Damn. I want one. I have 4+ feet of maple left over from guitar necks too (not that I wouldnt buy some sweet black walnut to make this thing look awesome)

But that means I need to figure out how to build one.

Howstuffworks and wikipedia? I'll check
EDIT: http://www.welshcrew.com/kevin/whamola.html

Guy built one and made a blog. good starting point


Alright, from what I gather-

The overall cost will be about $100(For me, I have some of this left over. Maybe $200 otherwise, if you go super hardcore with the quality of stuff you get?), so not too bad.

What you'll need
something to act as a fretboard (Maple in my case)
A "Body" (Black walnut for me)
A bass tuner
A Bass pickup
A bridge/raised part thing for string height.
A Pully
A stand of some sort.
A Jack
A volume knob
Tone control ( I think I'll use a rotary tone)
And potentiometers. (what are bass pots supposed to be?)

Some kind of string. If you use a 35'' Scale then you can probably get away with using electric/acoustic bass strings, if you go up to like, 42'' scale you need to get some upright bass strings. These are more expensive, but I cant find any to tell you how much.

EDIT: Holy @$#$, upright bass strings are like, $40 a peice 0_o
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#9
I am nearly finished with mine, so I will give you a rundown of what i used

Body was a piece of the rail that is used for sliding doors on shed, like a boxed aluminum with an open edge. I used a large eyelet bolt with washers for attatching one end of the string. No bridge for me, i like how it worked without one. I am using one of two split pickups, turned 90 degrees from its conventional use (wiki whamola, and then look at how claypools pup is mounted). For the handle and pulley, i cut a 2x4 down to a 2x2 and did some moulding with a rasp and file, then wrapped it with hockey tape for comfort. The end that the strong goes over is filed to a curve with a groove in it to seat the string in. After the string goes all the way over the curve and groove, i have a hole drilled through the handle which the string feeds through and then is attatched by going through a bolt that has a hole in it and tightening a nut on the bolt to make the string catch on the handle. I used a spray on bedliner to finish the body. I am going to make a fretboard out of a ripped 2x4, rasp file and sand accordingly. Hope this helps someone who is trying to build their own, my total cost broke down as such:
8 foot rail (cut down to size) 25$
Cost of a 2x4 (Part for handle, part for fingerboard)
Cost of washers and eyelet bolt
Cost of your electronics
Cost of string

Fortunately for myself, the only thing i didnt have lying around was the rail for the body. I recently replaced the pups in my bass, and had the old originals lying around and they seem to work just fine on test runs. Any questions, send me a message and i will help as much as possible.