Pallet 2x4 Turned Into Electric Upright Bass




About: i am an artist and musician. i make things of use out of things that no longer have use. i think the hip term is "upcycling." i post a lot of inspirational and entertainment videos on oc...

for my entry into the second annual summer's wooodworking creative 2x4 contest, i made an electric double bass out of a 2x4 pulled from a large pallet. i didn't win the contest but made a fully functioning instrument that i gave to a friend who has been using it since. here's how i did it!

the only tools you really need are an angle grinder, router, drill and some type of jigsaw/scrollsaw to shape the bridge. plus lots of sandpaper and patience.

thanks for watching -tim

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10 Discussions

fabian guerrero

3 years ago

hello, i like your project so much, i just wanted to tell u the hardest woods offers a depper sound, another helpfull tip is tryng an active preamp

Gretings from Mexico!

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timswayfabian guerrero

Reply 3 years ago

i only choose the finest trash to make my instruments. ha ha ha!

gracias, amigo,


3 years ago on Introduction

This is pretty cool. I have a 2x4 guitar entered in the diy music contest right now. I've been interested in building a stand up bass too. How's the fingerboard holding up over time?

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Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

i honestly don't know. i really gave it to a buddy and haven't seen it since. i'll have to ask. i predict it's fine. i do know that my snow ski double bass is fine, and i build that 3 years ago!

your 2x4 guitar looks great! i just built 2 gtrs and 2 basses out of scrap wood (mostly of the 2x4 ilk) and am publishing a vid series on it on youtube. nothing for you to see (obviously, ha!) but here it is:



4 years ago

I would LOVE to have a write up of this build. Dimensions and such would be awesome! I've got a lot of pallets at my shop including the 8+ footers and have built various things out of them including(my favorite) a wooden ice chest with a beer bottle opener screwed to the side! This build is awesome and I've got to make it happen!


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

cheers! i started in woodworking because i wanted to make basses. i made a couple real nice ones out of mahogany, ebony, etc. etc. but i've digressed to this type of stuff. it's way more fun, way less time, sounds and plays ALMOST as good as fancier models and you can use it guilt-free to mend the chicken coop ;-) let's see you do THAT with an alembic or warwick ;-)

thanks danger! i made a similar one out of snow skis and a summer bass-guitar version out of a water ski. they are available to view on youtube as well. cheers! -tim