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I did end up contacting Stu Box and sending him pictures of the three designs I created (above). He replied by indicating that he had been thinking of designs such as this and would gladly  build custom shapes for customers.

I find this encouraging, although his new prices make me think hard about owning one of these SRB-640s.

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Just thinking in terms of design. I'm glad Don is sharing his thoughts as it helps me think through a design process.

Jeff:

It sounds like you are imagining something unique and inventive here. What exactly are you thinking of designing?

Don

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Don,

I've built several instruments in last few years, two have been touchstyle. They were actually the first two and I have learned a lot from them and the different ones I have built since. I feel like I can produce something that is a high quality instrument. I'm gathering ideas at the moment but I would like to produce something that is a little less expensive, maybe in the $1,200 to $1,500 range but still a very good instrument.

I have short fingers and a shorter scale might be attractive to others that have a problem with a "36" scale. I love the bass tone but if that can be achieved with a 30" scale that's better all the way around to me. There are a lot of really good sounding short scale basses out there so I would think it will work well.

I'm planning on doing only one humbucker per side but adding an active preamp on a push pull tone pot so you have the option of passive or active. I did this to my electric guitar a couple weeks ago and it makes the vintage PAF style humbuckers sound even better than they did. It would have a stereo/mono out but not a lot of bells and whistle.

Still working on a body style that does look like somebody else's.

Jeff

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On a low budget i consider a modified 6 string bass ideal (this was my choice for my first tapping instrument). A long scale length is very useful because tappers lose scale length due to the string mute, also the strings respond much better to tapping from the 2nd fret up, so with a bass scale the effective longest string scale is still only 30", only just enough for a really good bass tone. You can tune in all-fifths for the same range as 8 strings in fourths, enough to cover the range of a guitar and a 4 string bass, The instrument will of course be 'single region' but this is much easier for a beginner than separate bass and melody sections. Having 2 hands usable within a single region also means you can easily cover the 7 fret span necessary: left hand covers 3 frets, right hand covers 4 frets, very comfortable. There are many cheap 6 string basses available, i would consider a left hand Ibanez SoundGear because the having a long lower horn is ideal for a Warrguitar style strap button placement which allows a stable almost vertical playing position: buttons shoud be on the back of the longer lower horn and halfway along the top of the body.
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a professional quality touchstyle instrument?  I am primarily a trombone player, but used to play the accordion.  My budget is ideally a max of $250.

Thanks in advance.



Go to krappyguitars.com and contact Kevin about what you want and your budget. I'm about to have a short scale 6 string touchstyle bass built. I'm not going to post prices or numbers regarding my stuff but I will say that Kevin is going to make me what I want for an incredibly affordable price. He's working with my budget.

Side note:
I'm a full time college student who is working part time. The stereotypes about broke college students are absolutely true. If I can afford what I want (paying with cash no less) then you can absolutely afford what you want on your budget of $250.

Hope my input helps [smile]
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