Octave bouzouki électroacoustique GDAE à cordes octavées : 4 cordes de basse associées à 4 cordes de guitare pour un effet d’octaveur “au naturel” simplement en jouant sur le toucher des cordes, une épaisseur de caisse délibérément exagérée pour atteindre les infrabasses, ce sazouk basse est le dernier instrument de la famille des bouzoukis de l’atelier, encore appelé bouzouki basse octavé ou mandobasse acoustique ! Table en épicéa (1er modèle) ou en noyer ondé (2ème modèle), fond et éclisses en sorbier, manche en pommier, micro magnétique + electret avec mélangeur.
Electro acoustic bass guitar with nylon strings. The body and the bolt-on neck are made of curly maple, the soundboard is made of apricot tree, the neck is adjustable, the 23-frets fingerboard is made of chequer-tree. There is an active Piezo mic (volume and tone settings), and die cast tuning machines.
This is a new model of big mama that was made in 2015-2016: 200 mm thickness for the body, a “flying” sound post, an electrostatic mic with phantom-powered pre-amp, a length scale of 860 mm, a neck with a guitar shape neck connection of 12 frets), with added touch-sensitive markers, tuning machines and double bass strings…
Several videos of the first model of stick bass: the 2-string model (bowed playing in the third demo).
Simple but quite efficient: 2 strings, 1 piezo pic, an acoustic D8 one (passive), 2 suitable strap buttons. Walnut wood, hombeam wood, maple and black locust, fret markings on the side of the neck. It’s possible to put double bass strings on this instrument to play it bowed.
You will find 2 models of stick bass below: 2-string ones but 3-string and 4-string as well.
This instrument is a “harpobass”. The vibrating mode is the same as on harps: the strings pull the bridge and the soundboard, unlike a regular bass or even a double bass. The length scale is 860 mm (like acoustic or electro bass): therefore you can use bass strings. It can be played with a bow. It’s possible to put frets on the neck. The mic is an electrodynamic Schertler (with a XLR output). The woods that are used are: olive ash wood for the back and the sides, the soundboard is made of spruce (the sound post is adjustable below the high pitch strings), the neck is made of maple, the bridge and the tailpiece are made of ebony, the fingerboard is made of rowan. There are 4 BH tuning machines. 1 cello pic and a carrying bag.
The acoustic sound of the harpobass is very full and very powerful (2 or 3 times more than any acoustic bass). I’m the only instrument-maker of this bass model, it is the result of my research, I’ve worked hard on it for 4 years. It is lifetime guaranteed (my lifetime!)
You can see the latest model below.
And also below, you can see a few “curiosities” (kind of “oddities”), the very first prototype of that kind…