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seeso
04-17-2008, 06:23 AM
Check out these gorgeous bass ukuleles!

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/8330/034bbcomplete090806159xmv5.jpg (http://www.bassuke.com/images/034BB_complete_090806.JPG)
Mango w/Hibiscus Soundhole (http://www.bassuke.com/images/034BB_complete_090806.JPG)


http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/5484/bassuke024bb169x249yb2.jpg (http://www.bassuke.com/Gallery_folder/024BB.html)
Curly Claro Walnut (http://www.bassuke.com/Gallery_folder/024BB.html)

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/7862/017bbbassuke042206159x2gj3.jpg (http://www.bassuke.com/Gallery_folder/017BB.html)
Koa w/Curly Redwood Top (http://www.bassuke.com/Gallery_folder/017BB.html)

http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/4820/038bbcomplete103006193xhs1.jpg (http://www.bassuke.com/images/038BB_complete_103006.JPG)
Curly Mango (http://www.bassuke.com/images/038BB_complete_103006.JPG)

You can find more at:
http://www.bassuke.com/

russ_buss
04-17-2008, 06:29 AM
those are some beauties.

and those strings make me want udon for lunch!:D

dnewton2
04-17-2008, 06:35 AM
Those look nice. Anyone ever play/hear one?

Vroom
04-17-2008, 06:42 AM
What are we looking at for pricing? for something like that.

seeso
04-17-2008, 06:47 AM
What are we looking at for pricing? for something like that.

I don't know, there aren't any prices listed. Maybe because there are currently no bass ukes available for purchase.

But he's got this sexy tenor listed at $1400. (http://www.roadtoadmusic.com/Completed/koa_tenor_009T.html)

http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/377/ahifront198x600lm0.jpg
(http://www.roadtoadmusic.com/Completed/koa_tenor_009T.html)

Ukulele_Junkie
04-17-2008, 09:21 AM
so those bass ukes are to be played upright yeah?

Poi Dog
04-17-2008, 09:35 AM
those are some beauties.

and those strings make me want udon for lunch!:D

BWAHAHAHAHHA!! Hmmm... I'm gettin' a cravin' for some udon too! :D

WS64
04-17-2008, 09:46 AM
and those strings make me want udon for lunch!:D

These are the Ashbory strings, the fattest strings I've ever seen...
http://ws64.com/Pictures/Instruments/Pix/ashbory.jpg
(The cats on the upper right hand are normal sized!)

Since I have this bass I do not play any others at all (you can hear it at all my multitrack recordings, for example all songs from Earlywolf (http://earlywolf.com) (Earlyguard and WS64)

CYNICALifornia
04-17-2008, 10:50 AM
Those babies are sick.

Since my lovely work blocks just about everything under the sun I'll have to wait untill I get home to hear 'em, but I trust the sound as good as they look.

seeso
04-17-2008, 10:55 AM
These are the Ashbory strings, the fattest strings I've ever seen...
http://ws64.com/Pictures/Instruments/Pix/ashbory.jpg
(The cats on the upper right hand are normal sized!)

Since I have this bass I do not play any others at all (you can hear it at all my multitrack recordings, for example all songs from Earlywolf (http://earlywolf.com) (Earlyguard and WS64)

I listened to "When I Love You." Sounds good, man. The bass sounds good on it too. Is that a fretless?

WS64
04-17-2008, 11:11 AM
I listened to "When I Love You." Sounds good, man. The bass sounds good on it too. Is that a fretless?

Check the third song, "To Be Loved And To Be Lost", that's the best!

And yes, it's fretless, like I think the ones you posted are too.
With these rubber strings (no joke, it really is rubber) you can't do fretted instruments.

Gaby
05-13-2008, 04:58 AM
If anyone's looking for a bass uke...

I met a guy in LA who made a bass uke himself out of a Lanikai baritone. He sanded all the frets down, strengthened the headstock and put new machine heads on it. Not sure how he worked the bridge...he had the same fat strings (he reckoned he got them from a surf shop!). Plugged into the PA it sounded great. Those strings are actually very nice to play!

Ask Shirley at Island Bazaar, Huntington Beach, shell put you on to the guy who made it. Am sure he can do you nice price. Visit the uke club there if you are in the neighbourhood - lovely people!

MGM
05-13-2008, 01:16 PM
Those Bass ukes made by Owen Holt are the nbest around the playability and tone are excleent and his wood are just outstanding. They are played like a regular uke and usually are fretless. You could substitue a big upright with one of his treasures. i have playe dover a dozen of his bass ukes and owned a few and they are by far the best of all types of tiny basses i have played. Those really fancy ones are in the 2000.00 range

KAWIKA27
05-13-2008, 01:27 PM
I tried one of these before i put a post up about it a lil bit ago


http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2059


Its the same brand it has the frog at the top

NotoriousMOK
05-13-2008, 02:12 PM
If anyone's looking for a bass uke...

I met a guy in LA who made a bass uke himself out of a Lanikai baritone. He sanded all the frets down, strengthened the headstock and put new machine heads on it. Not sure how he worked the bridge...he had the same fat strings (he reckoned he got them from a surf shop!). Plugged into the PA it sounded great. Those strings are actually very nice to play!

Ask Shirley at Island Bazaar, Huntington Beach, shell put you on to the guy who made it. Am sure he can do you nice price. Visit the uke club there if you are in the neighbourhood - lovely people!

I saw that bass uke last time I was in that store -- I toyed with it for a few minutes, but I was there looking at something else (but I'm easily distracted when I'm there :uhoh:) Anyways, a really neat find.

SMillette92
05-13-2008, 03:26 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for an entry level bass uke? I play the bass guitar and was looking to dabble a little... :)

seeso
05-13-2008, 04:06 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for an entry level bass uke? I play the bass guitar and was looking to dabble a little... :)

I don't think there are any entry-level bass ukes. They're all hand-made. I haven't come across any mass-produced inexpensive ones.

salukulady
06-05-2008, 07:38 PM
I was at a Jam tonight and someone had a new $1900. bass uke there. It was amazing! Like having a guitarone (sp?) but smaller and amped. My son is drooling, he's a trombone player so bass clef is not a problem.......the $1900 is though........

seeso
06-05-2008, 07:41 PM
Yeah, that's some major scratch, there.

Lugnut
06-05-2008, 07:48 PM
so are bass ukes tuned GCEA or tuned like a regular bass just size of uke?

seeso
06-05-2008, 07:53 PM
so are bass ukes tuned GCEA or tuned like a regular bass just size of uke?

The original Big Bufo Bass was built around the use of nylon strings. The nylon string version is tuned E-A-D-G and has a very natural tone. It is one octave higher than an upright double bass. The nylon strings range from .065" to .105" in diameter.

The polyurethane string version is also tuned E-A-D-G and was created to play in the same octave range as an upright bass. When tuned, string diameters range from .070" to .185". These strings have a higher mass than the nylon and do an excellent job at duplicating that acoustic bass sound. New strings added to cover instruments with 18" to 23" scale lengths.

salukulady
06-05-2008, 07:53 PM
I'm told, like a traditional baritone uke, DGBE.

salukulady
06-05-2008, 07:56 PM
I'm told, like a traditional baritone uke, DGBE.But seeso knows more than I and types faster......

seeso
06-05-2008, 08:18 PM
But seeso knows more than I and types faster......

Ha! I copy and paste like the wind.

Howlin Hobbit
06-05-2008, 08:27 PM
I was at a Jam tonight and someone had a new $1900. bass uke there. It was amazing! Like having a guitarone (sp?) but smaller and amped. My son is drooling, he's a trombone player so bass clef is not a problem.......the $1900 is though........

Thaddeus, my partner in Snake Suspenderz, is a trombone player and has a guitarron (see, you wuz close!). I can't think of any recordings of us using it right off the top of my head, but you can see a pic of it in action in my blog about a recent gig in Bellingham (http://howlinhobbit.com/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=348).

They're freaking amazing sounding (at least his is) and put out enough acoustic oomph that we use it to busk on the streets.

salukulady
06-05-2008, 08:36 PM
Thaddeus, my partner in Snake Suspenderz, is a trombone player and has a guitarron (see, you wuz close!). I can't think of any recordings of us using it right off the top of my head, but you can see a pic of it in action in my blog about a recent gig in Bellingham (http://howlinhobbit.com/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=348).

They're freaking amazing sounding (at least his is) and put out enough acoustic oomph that we use it to busk on the streets.We had one at home growing up, I remember being little and my two brothers playing it. I think my one brother still has it. They are amazing. That big body puts out so much volume. Thanks for the link.

JackT
06-06-2008, 01:39 AM
Was checking this site out, http://www.earnestinstruments.com/. He makes a Bass Uke called the Stretch, its pretty good looking, Listed at $1300 http://www.earnestinstruments.com/stretch.html. Check out the other ukes aswell, does a Les Paul shaped uke which looks incredible in Sunburst.

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/stretch.jpghttp://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/lapaulaburst.jpg

adellethegreat
06-06-2008, 02:32 AM
I don't know, there aren't any prices listed. Maybe because there are currently no bass ukes available for purchase.

But he's got this sexy tenor listed at $1400. (http://www.roadtoadmusic.com/Completed/koa_tenor_009T.html)

http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/377/ahifront198x600lm0.jpg
(http://www.roadtoadmusic.com/Completed/koa_tenor_009T.html)

Why are you so mean, Seeso? It's like waving crack around in front of a homeless guy... "You want it? You want it? Huh?"

JackT
06-06-2008, 04:22 AM
Heres a video of that bass uke I showed earlier - http://youtube.com/watch?v=2V9eUNNm1Mg (btw the video isn't mine)

ichadwick
06-06-2008, 07:46 AM
http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/377/ahifront198x600lm0.jpg
Pretty heavy bridgework on that uke. Seems like it would dampen the sound rather than improve it. And that frilly pseudo-goth scroll work - brrr. Looks like one of those fake "custom" tattoos people pick out of books... I'm sure it's attractive to some, of course, but I wouldn't give it a second look.