Upright thump

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  1. stickynotes

    stickynotes Supporting Member

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    Anybody out there found an electric bass that gets a reasonable upright sound. I know there's no substitute for the real thing but there must be a hollow body or even an acoustic/electric out there that gives you a pretty good thud for rockabilly type stuff.
  2. mongo2

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    I've been using hollowbody basses to mimic uprights for decades. My current favorites in no particular order are a Gretsch Electroline G5442BDC, Epiphone Jack Casady Signature, and a Hofner Icon Club Bass. Many will get you there if you use flats (I use Labella nylon tapes) maybe a mute, but that's just part of it. I found that adjusting my technique, plucking position, note selection, and mindset went a long way getting me more into the upright-esque realm.

    One of my favorite upright simulators is the old 18" scale Guild Ashbory (now available from DeArmond/FMIC). I've used an Ashbory since the mid 90s.

    I've just recently purchased a Gold Tone MicroBass which uses "rubber" strings like the Ashbory but it's a 23" scale small acoustic guitar type design. It also appears to be a promising upright simulator. There's also the Kala U-bass which is a 20" scale ukulele style and also uses "rubber" strings. Kala also makes a solidbody version using the same scale.
  3. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Previously rootsnfifths Supporting Member

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    My Fender Road Worn with Labella Deep talkin' flats and a piece of foam stuffed under the stings at the bridge gives a pretty reasonable upright sound.

    I just tried it next to my upright and it is close in an ensamble.
  4. dmac1961

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    Single coil P bass w/ flats, tone rolled down around half and plucked between the 12th and 15th frets.
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member

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  6. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    Kala U Bass or a Rob Allen bass.
  7. stickynotes

    stickynotes Supporting Member

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    Thank you guys for the great ideas that I will be following up on. Now I've got an excuse to go to the next guitar show.....grin. Upon reading some of the other threads I went to youtube and listened to a couple demos of the Gretsch Junior Jet with one pickup. Seems to have possibilities for upright simulation. I'd like to hear one with some foam muting.
  8. fish slapper

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    Rob Allen Mouse . Right hand close to the 12th fret will also help.
  9. Stilettoprefer

    Stilettoprefer

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    Fretless P bass with flats and bare rosewood board with pretty tall action. Tone rolled way down, plucked right at the end of the neck. If you need more thump, shove a piece of foam under the strings right at the bridge.
  10. Justice4trance

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    I chanced upon 'NS design omni 5' in YouTube .
    Fretless sound with a tad of upright thump tone IMO
  11. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

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    My Tacoma ThunderChief Fretless 5 does it pretty good. Was even closer when I had Tomastik Acousticores on it.
  12. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

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    Same as others have said. Flats, fretless, passive with tone rolled off, and plucked at the neck will give you a nice warm thump.
  13. Gorn Captain

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  14. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    I didn't need another bass but after I played this one I couldn't resist it's thumpy upright sound. It's incredibly close! The Godin A5 I own is an older model, the Ultra available now comes with a soapbar pup as well as the piezo and has a connector enabling the player to hook up to a synth.

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