Friday, 8 May 2009

I am not alone

One of the good things about the T-beam bass or guitar is that it's fairly easy to build a functioning instrument and improve it from there. In spite of its relative simplicity, there's still lots of challenges in it. If you're ambitious, there's plenty of aspects to improve. If you're not, there's still the joy of building your own functioning, albeit crude instrument.

It's a really good project in many ways, but until recently, I thought I was the only one making a T-beam bass.

To my delight, as I discovered here, I am not the only one. Kaspar Torn is building one as well. It's still in its early stages, and so far, it looks very promising. As you can see from the pictures, it differs from my own project in a number of ways:

Strings are anchored in a bolt through the vertical flange

String slots and zero fret

Tuners upside down

Angled tuners

This project is going to be interesting to follow. Kaspar leaves many options open, such as a detachable acoustic body and a spike, allowing it to be played upright.

I will post updates as the project moves along.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

A slightly prettier sliding bracket

I've made a sliding bracket for the small pickup. It slides with little effort and easily picks up the different antinodes of the strings. Unfortunately, the pickup itself doesn't sound that good, so one of the next steps might be mounting one half of a P-bass pickup in a similar bracket - or perhaps have two sliding brackets and the usual switching arrangement.

Trying a good, well-known pickup should give me an idea of what the instrument sounds like and make it easier to find out its particular characteristics.

The system of cable and female jack on the body also works fine. I plan to add tone and volume pots down by the jack at some point.