Violin Bass Ukulele

Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$$

I’ve made a few bass ukuleles.  For this one I wanted to try a slotted headstock and a multiple piece neck.  I also wanted to make one that only has 3 strings.  It is still tuned like the bottom 3 strings of a normal bass guitar (E, A, D).


Here it is before I added the finish.


The neck was made with 5 pieces of wood; 3 maple and 2 padauk.  The body is alder wood.


I gave the body a dark brown finish.


Just making sure that everything fits together nicely.  I gave the body a dark brown finish.  The fretboard is bubinga.


Now the instrument is complete.  I used Aquila Thundergut strings.


The under saddle piezo pickup has a volume control and an endpin jack.  The saddle is made with purpleheart wood.



The laminated wood neck looks nice and snazzy.


This project turned out really nice.  Even though it’s really small, it packs a punch.

See it in action!


48 thoughts on “Violin Bass Ukulele

  1. TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Very cool instrument. Did the extra scale inch improve the floppy feeling of these type of strings?. I’m thinking of building something with a 24″ scale if that would help. Do you know where I can get the piezo and preamp at a good cost?.

    1. danielhulbert Post author

      Even at 21″ the strings still have the normal rubbery floppiness. I’m not sure if adding a few more inches would change that.

      I just used an inexpensive piezo rod for this one. eBay is a good place for preamps.

    1. Oscar Stern

      Can you make plans for the instrument & also make a 4 string version of that 3 string U-Bass you already built?

      1. danielhulbert Post author

        Hi Oscar. The violin bass ukulele is a projects that I probably won’t be making plans for. Making plans and guides are very time consuming, so I have to be selective on the ones I do.

  2. Oscar Stern

    Why does the head stock need to be different if you were to make a 4 string version of the 3 string Violin U-Bass?

  3. Oscar Stern

    How wide does the neck of a violin bass ukulele need to be in order for it to accommodate 4 strings rather than the usual 3 strings?

  4. Oscar Stern

    That’s interesting I’d like to see a 4 string version of your 3 string violin bass ukulele someday. When will you build a 4 string violin bass ukulele?

  5. Oscar Stern

    A bass ukulele modeled after the hofoner Beatles bass but why does it use rubber strings instead of steel strings like a regular hofoner violin bass?

  6. Oscar Stern

    I’d like to hear you play some Beatles music on the violin bass ukulele someday. Can you also make electric guitaleles that are modified from your electric ukuleles?

  7. Oscar Stern

    I’d like to someday play “Live & let die” by Paul McCartney on the Violin U-Bass. It would’ve been interesting to have Paul McCartney play the Violin U-Bass.

  8. Oscar Stern

    It’s going to take a long time to make plans for a violin bass ukulele. I’ve figured out that the way we’re building the newer version has a semi hollow body. Would you say that a semi hollow body bass ukulele would sound really mellow?

  9. Oscar Stern

    Stradivari was a famous instrument maker & this would have been his next instrument. You really miss that guy do you?

  10. Oscar Stern

    I built a 5 string version with a headset jack out of really old & beat up book shelves. I call it the book shelve 5 string violin bass ukulele w/ headset jack.


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