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Tom Drinkwater

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Hey Tappers,

I’m strongly considering adding a tapper to my line up of Oakland Axe Factory instruments.  My personal “must have” checklist is as follows

Relatively affordable (under $1000 shipped)

Portable

Durable

Made from only the best materials and parts

I’m thinking that the one piece body will be made from 70lbs HDU and capped with a Richlite fretboard.  I’ll use an 8 string Hipshot Headless guitar system on it and a single Lace Alumatone pickup.  I’m undecided on the scale length but would probably go with something between 27” and 30”. 

Some design considerations that I have are as follows-

Neck profile

Tappers don’t need guitar shaped neck profiles so I’d be inclined to keep the back of the neck squared off with the edges eased for comfort.  This will give the guitar maximum stability and rigidity and negate the need for a truss rod or additional reinforcement inside the neck.  This will positively impact the affordability of the instrument. 

Overall length

I’d like to keep the overall length well under 36” which can be done easily by keeping the scale at or under 30”.  This will aid in travel and transport of the instrument. 

Options

In order to keep everything as affordable as possible I’d like to keep options down to hardware and pickup color. 

Materials

I mentioned using HDU and Richlite for this and my concern is that wood tends to move, particularly during travel and seasonal changes.

Body shape

As minimal as possible to keep costs, weight and size down.

 

I’d love to hear what the group thinks about this.        


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Hi Tom,

Give some thought on how to design the instrument so that it can be played both standing and sitting.  Most tappers were designed to be played standing, but a lot of players prefer to play sitting.  As a result, players have had to come up with their own solutions, all sorts of gadgets and add-ons, to play seated. 











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Tom Drinkwater

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Too true.  It's almost impossible to play tapper without some sort of device.  I'm kind of leaning towards adding just enough body to allow it to be suspended by a guitar strap and to play seated.  We'll see, still in the works. 
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Give some thought on how to design the instrument so that it can be played both standing and sitting.  Most tappers were designed to be played standing, but a lot of players prefer to play sitting.  As a result, players have had to come up with their own solutions, all sorts of gadgets and add-ons, to play seated. 


Hi there! Saw this comment the other day and just wanted to say that playing seated can be quite simple and comfortable ... I guess the shorter scale of our instruments makes that a bit more practical. 

All the best for the new design!





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Instead of building up the body, one might just add an adjustable end pin like on cello, and subtle wings to let the knees hold it in place.

Nothing exceeds like excess, so one could also go the route of electric upright basses which can be mounted on stable stands, height-adjustable for sitting and standing.
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I would love for you to build a Bari-Bass tone tapper.
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