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Hey! I had this old fretless guitar laying around, and decided to tune it CGDA and play it like it was a Cello... Here's an audio showing it around (I do a bit of talking as well as I sent this to some friends of mine):
maybe I'll do a video when I have time to show where the fingers stay compared to a Cello. Right now, I'll try to learn the entirety of the prelude, and if I manage to do so I'll definitely record a video.
If I recall correctly, a 3/4 cello has around the same body volume as a dreadnought sized acoustic guitar. So using a guitar might lack a little of the low end resonance, but could still be close enough to sound at least somewhat cello-like.
Getting the action high enough to be able to bow it would take a large amount of rework and etc. But as a cool sounding instrument to play with, it doesn't really need that. I don't imagine it would be strong enough to use a cello style endpin either, for playing it in cello position. But a little stand or narrow little narrow table could do the job well enough of getting it to at least approximate cello playing position.
I have seen a cheap electric bass rather rudely modified by screwing a piece of wood to the back to use as a tailpin so it could be played like a stand-up bass, but it was just plucked, not bowed.
If you wanted a closer instrument to compare your experiment to, the mandocello is the same range and a fretted instrument. I sometimes tune one of my guitars as a sort of mandocello. I usually tune it as C G D AA E, so I don't need to change strings and I have the double string sound to use as an option on at least one string.
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Yes, as Dan says "fun stuff" ! My only move in a similar direction was to retune a fiddle to a viola (with a decent viola C where the G was, move the rest of the strings up a notch) - and - well - yes - I kinda like the "reach" and depth.... still not the same resonance as a viola clearly - a bit like your experiment there with the guitar/cello - but - yeah - sounds good enough to work with ! Nice work @augustoad - definitely worth dropping off a vid of the completed piece !
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@DanielB and @BillyG , thanks! As soon as I get Bach's 1st Cello Suite going well enough I'll give a shot at recording it.
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@Fiddlerman , @1stimestar , @Uzi - Thanks!