Two-string Bass Custom Box Guitar
As detailed in the three-string cigar box guitar post, the primary focus was to not use a cigar box, but to build my own custom boxes. The bass version was the first one I decided to complete, and other than using a longer piece of neck timber the process is just the same! I spent a bit of time thinking about tuning and eventually decided on G and D – it works well with the open G tuning on the guitar versions and allows for some nice droning sounds when playing the two strings together.
It works! The sound is very rich and full. That said I do need to spend some time working on how to play it as the “open” tuning does take a bit of getting used to.
While the sound with the P-Bass pickup is fine, in future I will experiment with using a ribbon piezo under the threaded rod.
The Rest Of The Family
Three-string cigar box guitar
Four-string cigar box guitar
Tony Levin might be interested!
Suggest you make a 4 or 5 string cigar box combination guitar/bass guitar. Three strings tuned to GDG with a piazo pickup centered under the guitar side. Two strings tuned to G D for the bass side with p bass pickups. Or go for the gusto make the box longer do a three string GDG combination with a switch between the piaezo pickup for the guitar side and two p bass pickups running parallel beneath the high G and D strings to make it a 2 string bass in this switched configuration.