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Characteristics of a double bass for electric

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by shushi_boi, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. shushi_boi


    Aug 6, 2012
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm doing a project where I'm trying to make my electric sound very close (as much possible) to a double bass, I have promising leads as I'm learning from others and what worked with them.

    If you want to ask me about my design, just scroll down to the bottom of this thread:

    As for sticking with this specific question that I had in mind, before I can continue with the design of my project, I would like to know what are the main designs of a double bass that allows it to have its tone? I'm not asking about amplification as this is already an electric, what are the key features and most important features that the double bass has that contributes most significantly (in other words that cannot be left out) because my project is in its early stages and I have enough room to make changes to accommodate to its tone.

    What dimensions as well are crucial in helping this project get as close to producing a double bass tone as it can? For electric uprights, I heard that the volante, the messenger, and the old merchant uprights were the closest to achieving this. What features did they imitate? What features should they consider to imitate? My body for example can be very wide, long, and high (approximately 5/9 the total volume of a regular 3/4 double bass) with this condition, and that I have a 41.5 scale length, what other features are crucial, that I have to include in this design to get it close to the tone of a double bass? (since its an electric, I want to avoid making it too hollow as this this would create too much feedback)

    Here are some diagrams I'm studying:


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