Making a double bass


My name is Bob Hitchings and I am a bass player living in Somerset, England
I play double bass in a couple of amateur orchestras and I am also a semi-pro jazz bassist.

I have made a few double basses and as I was making this bass I kept photographic record of the manufacture from the very start so that the processes can be clearly seen.The site is broken down into a number of pages dealing with different parts of the manufacture.
Stages in making a double bass
MAKING THE MOULD

 BENDING THE RIBS
 GLUING THE RIBS
 FITTING THE LININGS
MAKING THE BACK
  FITTING THE BACK
  SHAPING THE TOP
 PURFLING THE TOP
 THE BASS BAR
 CUTTING THE "ff" HOLES
 MAKING THE NECK
 MAKING THE TAILPIECE
  ASSEMBLED BASS
DOUBLE BASS PLANS


I am not a professional maker but as a result of interest shown in the site I have produce a manual of instructions. The Manual is available FREE as a downloadable PDF. (Click here)

The plans are available to purchase from me. They are in A4 format and need to be carefull assembled to make full sized templates.

Click here to for more details about buying the
PLANS

CHAMBER BASS
I have made a copy of an 1821 Chamber bass. Click here to visit the site.