A 6-string bass guitar that was designed to fit a specific set of strings.


I had a really nice 1/4 sized cello. So I converted a standard bass neck to fit this project.

There are a lot of cello-basses...

in this progression
I always wanted a Fender® VI bass for busking. So I made this one just to see how loud it would go. The whole footprint is not that much bigger than a standard guitar.

The concept here...

is to use readily available string-sets
I'm always ready to play on heavy gauge strings. I love that dark tone that you get when you sling them down below standard pitch. It gives it a rich and full flavor. Before I thinned the herd, about 1/3 of my progress was represented by what I will call "Fatt String Guitars". I was always buying singles and switching strings to get the balance right. It's a pain. So, I modeled this unit after the Fender that I always wanted and now the strings that are made for that will always fit.

out of many, one.

E Pluribus Unum was once the motto of the United States of America and references the fact that the cohesive single nation was formed as the result of the thirteen smaller colonies joining together.



  • Neck

    30" scale
    34" scale Squire® P bass modified to 30" scale
  • Beam

    French Oak
    Wine barrel stave. hidden beam, concealed inside the cello.
  • Body

    Spruce, Poplar, Maple
    1/4 size cello
  • Bridge

    Vintage floating bridge from parts lot.
  • Pickup

  • Amplifier

    Vox DA5
    The DA5 amp was intended to operate either on six "C" cells or with the included "wall wart" power supply. Niether of these was satisfactory. Rubytone employs a 12v. Lithium rechargeable security camera back-up battery, built-in. The DA5 includes many of the features found in Vox Valvetronix amps. Eleven amp models and eleven guitar effects are included on the DA5. A built-in rotary power output selector switch (5 watts, 1.5 watts, or 0.5 watts) helps to extend battery life and allows you to play at a lower volume level without losing any tone or feel. The DA5 was introduced in 2006 and discontinued in 2010, replaced by the Vox Mini3 which I have experimented with as well.


First "test drive" video


Feb 26, 2019 at 12:21pm

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Six String Busker Bass

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