Lingsma | Electric Upright Basses

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Main Specifications, Overview

The goal of my electric upright bass design, is to incorporate the natural wood resonances of the acoustic upright bass into a portable low weight (3,5kg / 7.7lbs) instrument, while keeping the scale length of a ¾ bass and the possibility to use normal strings.

To achieve this goal, I ended up redesigning practically all components. Some components like the neck and tuners look familiar, others like the tailpiece, body and endpin, have undergone a drastic makeover. However, like in etymology, mutations can still be traced back to their origins.

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article body

Body

The body is basically a bundle of slats held together at top and bottom, so the middle is free to resonate

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article Tuners

Tuners

Ultralight tuners: the set weighs only 300g / 0.66lbs (4x75g / 4x0.17lbs). Where possible, the heavy metal parts are replaced by lighter materials

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Neck

The neck has traditional ergonomic and aesthetic features, while the weight is drastically reduced.

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Pickup System

Pickup systems for upright basses come in wide variety. Here I'll discuss some deliberations towards the most suited system for this particular instrument

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Neck Angle

The neck angle can be adjusted to match your playing style

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article tailpiece

Tailpiece

The tailpiece is completely redesigned to solve some crucial design challenges

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article endpin

Endpin

A slightly curved telescopic height adjustable endpin, made out of carbon-epoxy laminate

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article V-wing stand

V-wing Stand

The endpin can be placed in the V-wing stand. The stand weighs 730grams and is foldable for easy transport

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Bodyrest

The bodyrest can be clamped around the endpin and is adjustable in many ways

Articles

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article guitar summit 2022

Guitar Summit Mannheim 2022

My bass at the Guitar Summit in Mannheim Germany

Lingsma electric Upright Basses - link to article headstock design

EUB Headstock Design

Headstock design; tradition and innovation, craftmanship, the role of CNC and handwork in the wokshop

Lingsma | Electric Upright Basses