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ichadwick
12-18-2010, 03:09 AM
Anyone play an electric upright? Im interested in several electric upright bass models that intrigue me, including three-four and even five-string models.
Dean Pace makes one that really interests me:
http://www.drumza.com/images/DeanUprightPaceBass.jpg
Which seems quite playable according to this review (http://www.bill-lewington.com/Dean/articles/pace_bass_rev.pdf). Traditional four-string tuning. Then there's the Stagg 3/4 electric upright:
http://www.nzmusician.co.nz/stagg2.jpg
There are others, too. I'm also serious looking at the Kona Walking bass. It's only three strings, and tuned in an open G tuning. Not sure if I should look at that as an option or a standard bass. Seems that as an accompaniment to uke, the Kona might be very good.
http://www.konaweb.com/walkingbass/xmas.jpg
Anyone here play one of these? Would like some comments on them, if so.

fitncrafty
12-18-2010, 04:19 AM
I would love to hear what anyone has to say about these too.. My youngest son just started playing the upright in school. We transport it back and forth to school because well they are just expensive to buy and rent and we didn't want to commit to anything until we knew if he liked it. Would also love to know if this is a viable option for young son at home, playing a traditional at school? (maybe I could get him a ubass... ha ha)

salukulady
12-18-2010, 04:32 AM
My band mate had the three string. She sold it. Just didn't do it for her. The full acoustic upright looks so nice on stage albeit a pain to transport.

Fitncrafty - my daughter started on electric and plays upright also, with no problem. I was amazed the first time she tried the upright, (it was at a gig and we were on stage, I was like, "Are you crazy, what are you doing?") and she is able to go back and forth with no problem. You can find a used electric and small amp for at home very cheap.

KamakOzzie
12-18-2010, 05:59 AM
Anyone play an electric upright? Im interested in several electric upright bass models that intrigue me, including three-four and even five-string models.
Dean Pace makes one that really interests me:
http://www.drumza.com/images/DeanUprightPaceBass.jpg
Which seems quite playable according to this review (http://www.bill-lewington.com/Dean/articles/pace_bass_rev.pdf). Traditional four-string tuning. Anyone here play one of these? Would like some comments on them, if so.

Hi Ian, I have a Pace bass. It has the lightest action of any bass I own. It sounds really good through my GK amp, but not as good through the Hartke (?). The fingerboard is flat, as opposed to the radiused fingerboard on the acoustic uprights. Not a problem, just different. The only negative comment I have is about the case. It is the cloth over styrofoam type like a lot of ukulele cases are made. With the metal stand and the bass, the case seems a little light weight. Certainly not Airline Approved.

fitncrafty, it has a 35" scale length, where as a standard upright has a 41" or so scale length. Kind of like the difference between a soprano, concert or tenor. It just takes getting used to the finger spacing.

I am playing bass with a "Traditional" Bluegrass band right now and the bass is not getting played. They wouldn't think of an electric instrument on stage. I would part with it for $400 if anyone is interested.

Bill

fitncrafty
12-18-2010, 06:11 AM
My band mate had the three string. She sold it. Just didn't do it for her. The full acoustic upright looks so nice on stage albeit a pain to transport.

Fitncrafty - my daughter started on electric and plays upright also, with no problem. I was amazed the first time she tried the upright, (it was at a gig and we were on stage, I was like, "Are you crazy, what are you doing?") and she is able to go back and forth with no problem. You can find a used electric and small amp for at home very cheap.

Does your daughter play with a bow too?

salukulady
12-18-2010, 06:33 AM
Does your daughter play with a bow too?No. She started out on electric. She's messed with a bow, but the two bands she's in (Punk and Tropical Rock/Hawaiian) don't need a bow. I can see how that would be a definite deterrent for your son getting an electric.

ichadwick
12-18-2010, 09:33 AM
I would part with it for $400 if anyone is interested.
I am. PM sent.

ichadwick
12-26-2010, 01:16 PM
Had a short experience with the Stagg EDB this afternoon. Drove 60km to a music store on Boxing Day to try one out. Neat instrument. Bigger than I expected. Smaller than a double bass, of course, but still pretty tall. They had had a fretless electric bass too, but seem to have sold it since I called them last week. Wanted to compare the two - the fretless was similar to the Dean Pace, I understand. Wish I had been able to compare the two, though.

JoshFromTallGrassUkes
12-26-2010, 02:32 PM
We use that Stagg electric onstage. Cheap, plays nice, sounds good, fits in a tiny car... what more could one ask for?

ichadwick
12-27-2010, 02:36 AM
We use that Stagg electric onstage. Cheap, plays nice, sounds good, fits in a tiny car... what more could one ask for?
A Boxing Week sale price?

WS64
12-27-2010, 06:45 AM
My very first bass was an electric upright, an old Framus in a very bad condition.
But it was a great learning experience, and after that old fretted basses somehow seem wrong to me.
I would like to have one again, but these beasts are so big and tend to destroy all carpets...

ichadwick
12-27-2010, 01:20 PM
Well, I don't have carpets to worry about, and while bigger than a uke, none of the beasts I've looked at are close to big compared with an upright bass.

UkeNukem
12-28-2010, 03:19 AM
There is always the Bogdon Cardboard Bass Kit. Here is a "shoot out" with traditional upright bass.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at9u27zQUYo

I think hey include a simple piezo pickup.

ichadwick
12-30-2010, 04:31 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy3V2Tl4g3s
Not an upright, but rather just an amazing bass guitarist!

ichadwick
12-30-2010, 04:44 AM
There is always the Bogdon Cardboard Bass Kit. Here is a "shoot out" with traditional upright bass.

I think hey include a simple piezo pickup.
I looked at these,as well as some other "homemade" or custom/workshop instruments. Pretty ingenious. But only two or three strings. I think I want four, maybe five. But otehrwise, very tempting - and a fraction of the cost of a factory-built instrument. However, it does make me wonder about building one...

UkeNukem
01-09-2011, 03:45 PM
And I don't think it does well -

in the rain :(
if you drool :drool:
or active drinking :cheers:

ichadwick
01-10-2011, 01:16 AM
I think in a house full of cats, any box is at risk... but tomorrow I have to go to Toronto, and will stop at a music store that has a few Stagg EDB so I can play around some more and see if it's something I would like to work with.

jgeary
01-10-2011, 07:26 PM
Hi,
I have an EUB (electric upright). It's the Ergo. 41" scale. It can use the 1/2 size Corelli strings which makes it capable of playing arco. Yes, it's much easier to transport and stores in a small space. It's sort of like a stick with bass strings on it, but actually nicely made. Jesse Blu makes them in Tennessee. Hand-made by him. It attaches to a very solid, sturdy stand.

They have a great reputation among inexpensive EUBs. If you go to www.talkbass.com and check out the Ergo megathread, there's a lot of info there (go to the Doublebass, then to the Electric Upright section).

I'm really happy with it. I haven't been able to play it due to my upper back and hand injuries, but it's a great bass. I also have the Kala UBass. Sounds a lot like a double bass, but easier on my body!

Jill

ichadwick
01-13-2011, 01:42 AM
Thanks. I signed up for talkbass and read a lot of threads, but didn't look at the Ergo. I saw the Ergo on its Web site, but it's a little more expensive, has no Canadian dealers, and would cost extra for shipping to Canada, so I didn't really pay it that much attention. I'll take a look again, after your recommendation.

I did spend a little time at another music store tinkering with the Stagg, earlier this week. Almost convinced myself to get it, but didn't want to leave it in my car while I did some business in the city. Might go back, but will check the Ergo first.

ichadwick
02-11-2011, 06:38 AM
Catch the EUB in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbCERw53tP8
Very cool!

Pippin
02-12-2011, 12:38 PM
Gustavo kicks! Okay, my bro-in-law has to see that.

JimC
07-04-2012, 10:09 AM
I have got EUB baby bass that sounds like Ampeg baby bass.
I do not know if that is what you looking for, but here is the link of how it looks and sounds: www.kkbaby-bass.com

UkeNukem
07-10-2012, 10:22 AM
There seems to be quite a bit on the Net about DIY (depending on your woodworking skills). I looked into this a while ago and for me the best was to convert a cheap baritone uke to bass uke. Then I got an Ibanez Mikro Bass Guitar for under $200 US that is fabulous! 28.6 inch scale and about the size of an electric guitar so it's easy to truck around. I run it through a Zoom B1 which does have a defret effect that works well. If you put flatwound strings on it then you would get closer to the upright bass sound.

Jon Moody
07-24-2012, 12:34 AM
The Dean Pace really is just a fretless neck that's played vertically. The radius on the fingerboard is minimal if any, which makes bowing it not an option. The scale is also that of an electric bass which, while it allows you to use the same strings that you would for an electric bass (and not shell out $100+ on URB strings), will not help someone that's used to playing the 41-42" length of an URB.

I have an NS Design CR-5M EUB, and that thing sounds better than half of the URBs that I've played in the same price point. Their NXT series (which is the lower model) has a lot of the same benefits and feel as the CR series, but the electronics are simplified and the hardware isn't as sturdy/durable.

ichadwick
07-31-2012, 10:17 AM
I ended up buying a five-string Ergo though Kijiji and it's GREAT. Plays like a real upright - bowing too (have to learn to do that... but it came with a bow so I can practice). Sound is really powerful when run through a decent bass amp. Five strings is cool, too; got that really low Bb.