I always wanted one of those Ashbory mini bass`s, I thought they looked really fun to play,
And the idea of the silicone rubber strings made my fingers long to play one.
But while researching these little bass`s I was taken back by the plastic
and man made materials used to build them.
So I put off buying one just because I thought they were too cheap toy looking,
But the thought of playing one never left me,
Finally I decided the urge to play and have one of these little thumpers
Was just too great to pass up.
Its like something I had to experience,
So after more extensive research, I found I could buy many of the parts,
The electronics that is, So I did, I did not order from Ashbury , But
instead decided to go a little higher in quality for my build.
I found a beautiful chunk of top quality Myrtle Wood for the solid body.
I built the neck out of Mahogany and Red Oak
And built it as a neck thru design. For the best tone I could get
out of my Myrtle Wood And Mahogany combo.
Then it was time for the electronics, I had always liked the sound
of the mini bass`s, And researched the electronics they were using.
The one I settled on was the mini bass`s made by” Kala “
I was able to find out who built their electronics and I
Purchased my bridge pickup from Shadow Electronics In Germany.
I decided to go with a preamp built by Fishman a long standing
maker of electronics for acoustic instruments. After all
With true silicone rubber strings , The electronics had to be
Able to work with non electro magnetic instruments like mine.
The mini bass is complete (almost ) I was sent the wrong preamp
So I had to return it and am now waiting for the right one to arrive.
I Cannot describe the feeling of building a instrument, Then
Tuning it up the first time, When low and behold
All the standard notes were right where they belong on the neck.
Its Amazing. I fashioned it after the 18 inch scale of the original
Ashbory bass Sold by Guild Guitars in the beginning.
Along with the Rubber Strings, I know there are great sounds waiting
To come out of this little Bass, But playing it now with out it plugged in
Is amazing it sounds like a big upright already. (cannot wait)
When the preamp arrives and I get it installed be ready for a update
With sound included. Here is what it looks like.