Rigel Acoustic Bass - Amazing!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Emperor Elite, Jan 29, 2013.


  1. Emperor Elite

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    I've been enjoying my Rigel acoustic bass for three months now, and wanted to share some photos. These phenomenal instruments are everything that they are touted to be. Loud, lightweight, and so easy to play. I use a Realist pickup and, when amplified, it sounds just like an upright bass, but with a more precise attack because of the frets. It is a fantastic instrument and I cannot recommend it enough for anyone looking for the highest quality, easily playable acoustic bass.

    This is NOT a guitar. It isn't built like one and absolutely does not sound like one, nor does it suffer from anemic projection. It sounds and projects like a half-size bass fiddle. It will easily keep up with two jumbo guitars and several mandolins, and is perfect for venues where bring amplification is problematical. It absolutely kills with the Realist pickup.

    Kudos and thanks to Pete Langdell for making me this amazing instrument.

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  2. mikezimmerman

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    Cool--thanks for posting!
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  4. smperry

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    Wow! I'd call that amazing too. I really dig it. Thanks for sharing pictures. If you have any audio or video, PLEASE share that too!
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  6. bassfran

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  7. jbossolo

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    That's one cool axe! I want one!
  8. Emperor Elite

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    If you want one, please give Pete a call or shoot him an email. My delivery time was less than three months.

    Tel. (802) 644-2233 | E-mail: rigelman@vtlink.net

    He is fantastic to work with. I enjoyed the whole process. Even went to Vermont to meet "the man" and pick up the bass in person. Very special.

    Mike Z, it has been ages since I've chatted with you. Remember our "Wal" days?

    Ben
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    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    Dude, that bass totally belongs on an episode of MTV Unplugged! Congrats, all the best with it :cool:
  10. GM60466

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    Weight? How long are your sets?
  11. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for The Patrick Godbey Band Supporting Member

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    That's so cool!

    Cheers,
    Jim
  12. Emperor Elite

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    The weight is 8.5 pounds. And the bass sits perfectly on a strap. Very comfortable.

    My sets are one hour long, and we do three sets per night.

    If you are worried about the weight (it is less than my jazz bass), then Pete can install an end pin for you.

    Ben
  13. Rebop

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    This is the bass for me! Thank you for posting. Hadn't heard of these before. As primarily an upright player, this would be perfect to bring to my "electric" gigs.



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  14. mikezimmerman

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    Ben, I didn't recognize your login! Yes, it's been ages--how's life treating you? I still think about picking up another Wal from time to time....
  15. Emperor Elite

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    Hey Mike,

    I was Bejahu from the Dudepit days. Remember? I'm doing well. Being very active with my band and trying to play as many different kinds of music as possible. How about you?
  16. mikezimmerman

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    Yep, I knew which Ben you were! I'm staying busy playing myself, partly because there aren't enough hours in the day to play all the kinds of music I'd like to and partly because I'm terrible at saying "no" when anyone asks if I'm available! :)
  17. gebass6

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    This is it!THIS is what is needed!The halfway point between an upright bass and an acoustic bass guitar!No amp needed!

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  18. maestrovert

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  19. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

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    Cool idea, but kinda dumb. Just play a real upright or a bass guitar.
  20. GretschWretch

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    Dumb in what way, since the Rigel is neither DB or EB, but falls into a different niche?
  21. gebass6

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    Plus the fact that it's got frets.And CAN,unless I'm mistaken,use roundwound strings!It never ceases to amaze me.The close mindedness!

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