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Best Options for a New RB DB - Other than Blast Cult

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by DukeCC, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. DukeCC


    Nov 4, 2016
    My understanding is that Blast Cult has lately exhibited sings of questionable viability. What other brands/models are available with similar features aimed at Rockabilly players, or really at amplified players in general?
    I'm talking the new market.
  2. Estle Louis 'Ed' - Our Complete Rockabilly Bass PACKAGE at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists

    I was curious if anyone tried this one. Seems like good value in the setup, strings and K&K pickup with pre. I have seen zero reviews.
    The Chinese thing will turn many off but since you said it “new market.” Gollihur said they are made in reputable factory and have reinforced ribs.

    Also curious about the Knight String Bass but can’t find anything.

    Good idea for a thread. . .
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  3. jasonrp


    Feb 19, 2015
    The Ed is a nice Chinese bass and it loves gut strings
  4. Reiska


    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Slapper setup on any decent ply bass, a sturdy one if you`re into show acrobatics? I`m not in the scene, but would think that hotrodding the aesthetics is issue of it`s own, and can be done to any bass. IMO otherwise, it`s all about the player and setup ( the tone, strings and ease of slapping, amplifying in high volume levels etc ).
  5. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Just as a correction, it actually comes with the Shadow RB Pickup/Preamp (and Evah Slap strings), but we can certainly do it with the K&K if you would prefer that.
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  6. DukeCC


    Nov 4, 2016
    I think the Ed bass is a very good value. I almost bought one. The shipping cost and hassle are a turn off, unfortunately.
    It does lack acoustic feedback mitigation measures, right? I was kinda sold on the dual sound post idea. Balloons don't seem to do much, so I suspect filling with foam wouldn't suit me either. The dual sound post approach seems like it could help with the problem frequencies that are the major concern.
    I should get a set of Doug's Plugs for the f-holes, but shew . . .$95 bills? That's 1/3 the cost of the bass, I keep sayin', lmao!
    But we played with a full bore PA last night and I did have to turn down a bit. I'm either going to have to break out an EQ pedal or something to attenuate/match the volume level of the electric signal (I switch back and forth). The shows are getting bigger, which is a good thing I guess.
    I'd say the Ed is the front-runner right now, though. It ticks most of the boxes.
  7. DukeCC


    Nov 4, 2016
    RB-4 Rockabilly Upright Bass Pro
    Estle Louis 'Ed' - Our Complete Rockabilly Bass PACKAGE at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists
    Best Laminated Double Bass

    Here is a list of possible choices. Englehardt being available from GC may alleviate the shipping issues, but not sure about that price. I'd probably go for the student version:

    And still no acoustic feedback mitigation OOTB.
    Any other players?

    Ed is still ahead!
  8. Lee Rocker says he uses two basses, one with magnetic pickup for the larger, louder stuff. (His recent videos show playing his EUB, however) So maybe a magnetic pickup blended with the bridge would alleviate feedback issues? The Ed comes with the pre.
  9. DukeCC


    Nov 4, 2016
    I decided to go with Superior Bassworks nylon strings to make me slap happy. Which worked for me, so I never kept looking for a slappable steel string. I could maybe make that work now that I can slap a little. I have a Krivo pickup on my other bass, so that wouldn't be too big a jump. The strings/setup on that bass are decidedly un-slappable, though.

    But to your point, I think that a good slappable steel string set up on a new bass with the PUP combination you describe would be a good option. Thanks for pointing it out!
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