Converting accoustic steel string guitar to bass guitar

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by dhim, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. dhim

    dhim New Member

    Hello All,

    Can I convert my accoustic steel string guitar to a 4 or 6 string accoustic bass guitar? Are there any problems in doing that..also let me know what kind of strings i should use..All help is highly appreciated.

  2. UjSen

    UjSen *#!EVIL*!!

    the bridge will have to be changed, bass guitars have waaay heavier strings,
  3. ambush

    ambush _RASTA_man_

    i dont think its possible unless you change the neck...
  4. jibon

    jibon New Member

    you need to change the neck...the inter fret space is much much bigger on the lower frets than it is in a guitar. and also you gotta change the bridge.

    i'm not sure this is a smart idea. i think the bodies are bigger for acoustic basses than it is for the guitars...
  5. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    The thing is that bass guitar requires thicker and heavier strings.

    Which means the action needs to be pretty high.
    High action means your notes getting out of tune, when you press string on the fret.

    For that to be minimized, you need long neck (so that percentage change of length of string when you press it to the fretboard becomes negligible, and the effect of string tensing more while pressed is compensated by increase in length).

    Long neck means longer fret spacing also.

    That means total reworking on the existing guitar.
    Ofcourse, thicker strings will require new bridge, nut and tuning pegs.

    Better get a new bass.

    OR you can get digital down tuner and use existing guitar.
  6. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member


    Is there anything you don't know?
  7. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!


  8. Life_Sans_Death

    Life_Sans_Death Acronym!

    man, alpha, what do you do?
  9. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Physics was always cool at school.

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