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Cello Wars - makes me want to try cello - electric of course!

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bredian, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011
  2. That is pretty awesome. :)

    Now I'll be up all night pricing electric cellos...
  3. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

    Well, I just happen to have a NS 5-string Electric Cello I might sell.....dcr
  4. thehess


    Jun 15, 2011
    My wife plays cello in the band that I play bass in. I get to write the parts. It can be fun carrying the same rhythmic lines in harmony, or turning her loose to open a song. She even plucks a bass part on one tune where I pick up a 12 string guitar. I love the sound. Our band leader/songwriter does too. After our gig on Saturday, more than one person came up snd said 'More cello!'.

    Her electric is a cheapie from Amazon, about 300. Then a luthier sanded a new bridge, and planed the fingerboard. I ripped out the cheap pre to make it passive, and she put on new strings (cello strings are EXPENSIVE....100+ for the C string alone!). All toll, with a new gig bag and carbon fiber bow, her setup was about 1500. She plays it through my Pandora P5xd, then a Line6 LD110 combo, which I already owned. It sounds killer.
  5. thehess


    Jun 15, 2011
    How do you tune it? Fourths like a 5er bass, or fifths with a low F or high E?

    5 strings would definitely mess with a classically-trained cellists head. :)

    We looked at th NS, but opted for one that could get destroyed in a club without too much heartache. These things are fragile beasts, with that high bridge.
  6. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011
    I'm gonna find a bow to try on my p bass :eyebrow:
  7. e.rich

    e.rich undersecretary of enablement

    Mar 16, 2011
    W. Newbury, MA
    That is seriously bad-ass.

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