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DB tone on EUB

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by mikejdexter, Mar 22, 2014.


  1. mikejdexter

    mikejdexter

    Jul 9, 2009
    I play an Eminence. I'm into the jazzy side of things. I use a Fishman Pro-EQ Platinum which does enhance the sound of the Eminence. I am trying to get as close to the DB sound as much as I can. Is there anything else in 'The chain' I could add to get me closer the the DB sound?--what piece of equipment do you use?
     
  2. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Strings would be the first thing I'd look into.
    Orchestral strings usually have some damping material that makes them darker, thumpier and therefore have less ring, less sustain.
     
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  4. mikejdexter

    mikejdexter

    Jul 9, 2009
    Many thanks for the tip--much appreciated.

    Mike
     
  5. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
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    An Acoustic Double Bass. :eek:

    Seriously, even an amplified (by way of a bridge pickup) acoustic Double Bass doesn't sound like a Double Bass.

    You can get close to that sound, with the set up you already have.

    Too much of the sound, of an Acoustic Double Bass, comes from places other than just the bridge.
     
  6. mikejdexter

    mikejdexter

    Jul 9, 2009
    Many thanks for your reply Stick_Player.
    Yes I totally agree with all three of your answers-Butworth experementing with to get closer to my goal and I only have a lifetime left!
     
  7. You would think that the Eminence would come with the most Acoustic sounding strings available since it is the most popular of the hallow body EUB's and most folks are trying to sound like a DB.
    What strings are you using now Mike?
    Did they come with the instrument?
    Is it a 4 or 5 string?

    Did you ever try the BSX Allegro?
     
  8. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    My name is not Mike, since you quoted me.
     
  9. Sorry eub player for your confusion
    I quoted you but the question was to Mike regarding your quote
     
  10. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Gloucester County, NJ
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    Asking an Electric Upright Bass, like the Eminence, to sound like an "Acoustic" (unamplified) Upright bass is rather unfair. The Eminence (or EUB of your choice) is being played through electronic equipment, and is being altered by that equipment in varying degrees.

    What a bass like the Eminence DOES sound like, though, is an amplified upright bass. Meaning, the best you could ask for is that the EUB would sound like a "real" bass with a pickup on it. That's a much fairer comparison, and the Eminence, et al, are pretty fully up to the task in that regard.
     
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  11. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Adding a very slight amount of reverb can make a EUB sound a little more like a DB. Think of the body of an acoustic like a small room. It has it's own natural reverb.
     
  12. mikejdexter

    mikejdexter

    Jul 9, 2009
    Reply to bobsax. The strings that came with the Eminence I did not like---tried a set of Spirocore Weichs--very much better. Tried a set of Inovation 'Honeys'--very good. Tried a set of Velvet 'Garbo'--not so good (To my ears anyway.) The bass is 4 string.
     
  13. Bassist30

    Bassist30

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    I like the Weichs on the bass as well. I have a 5 string.
     
  14. artfahie

    artfahie

    Dec 14, 2007
    Bar Mills, Maine
    "Asking an Electric Upright Bass, like the Eminence, to sound like an "Acoustic" (unamplified) Upright bass is rather unfair. The Eminence (or EUB of your choice) is being played through electronic equipment, and is being altered by that equipment in varying degrees.

    What a bass like the Eminence DOES sound like, though, is an amplified upright bass. Meaning, the best you could ask for is that the EUB would sound like a "real" bass with a pickup on it. That's a much fairer comparison, and the Eminence, et al, are pretty fully up to the task in that regard"

    I would have to agree... of course what YOU hear on "top" of an upright when you play it is NOT what listeners will hear as the "amplified" version.
     
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  15. Matthijs

    Matthijs

    Jul 3, 2006
    Amsterdam
    Strings are the main ingrediënt imho. Sometimes I also use a Boss acoustic simulator pedal. It ads some reverb and some modelling that, with some tweeking, can add some 'bloom' to your notes. It's still a surrogate though.
     
  16. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    I've been playing my Yammie more these days. Strings are a huge part but as always, so is technique. I don't know how to describe it but there's a certain way to play it so that you get a more "natural" sound. But I think that also involves knowing what you sound like on a regular DB so that the ear knows what to replicate.

    This seems to be a good application for Obligatos, esp something like my Yammie where it's got a ton of tension inherent in it.
     



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