good bass for the "double bass" sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bass_drum, May 16, 2005.

  1. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    Hey guys!

    Im playing in a concert band at school, and my teacher wants me to start playing the double in the band. Well I tried...and i just cant quite get it. PLus the size of it makes it pretty much impossible for me to bring it home to practice. So, do any of you guys know of any good basses to a get a nice double bass kind of sound? I'd prefer if it wasnt a electric stand-up type thing (if thats the right name ;) )

  2. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Rob Allen MB-2 or Rick Turner Renaisance nuff said!
  3. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    Arent rob allen guitars REALLY expensive? I'm looking for cheaper stuff...
  4. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Palm mute a Precision with a Bassy EQ setting.
  5. CaNaDaRoCkSoY


    May 9, 2005
    I think dean makes a fairly cheap electric stand up bass. I played one before although I am too used to frets. :hyper: :hyper:
  6. Rapscallion2112


    Apr 21, 2004
    ya, the dean eub isnt that bad.....i didnt like it because i play double and am too used to the curved board....and the dean is set up like an electric bass with a flat board....if thats what your lookin for have fun....i just coudlnt get the feel
  7. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    I have a Yamaha RBX-170F fretless P that is strung with tapewounds. It comes really close to an upright tone especially when you play closer to the neck or even over the fretboard. Actually it really sounds great, especially once you consider the <$250 price tag new...
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    some of those used Godin hollow-bodied basses go for cheap these days... keep your eye's peeled.
  9. Ashdown. Get one of the Fender reissue ones. Note Ashdown in my avatar.
  10. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Known as the A series. Really nice sound, excellent with Nylon strings or flats :)

  11. I would vouch for the older Godins as well. A little more coinm, but they sound great with the right strings and technique.
  12. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    +1 Godins have a nice woody tone, and are really easy for bassists to play because of the silky smooth Jazz bass neck. I played one in a store, and it was REALLY comfortable. :D
  13. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
  14. I use an older MIM P-Bass with Rotosound flats, and a small piece of foam rubber under the strings at the bridge. I play in a small combo at the local Community College, and the Director loves the tone. :cool:

    It comes real close to th DB tone. But he does have me working with thr DB to use next semester. He admits though, at this point it is only for the visual appeal. :D

  15. BassFelt


    Mar 26, 2002
    Takamine B10 so far wins over anything else I've tried. The Azola Deco fretless would probably be similar, but more pricey. These are not cheap instruments though.
  16. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Steve C - Wow, what a great looking bass :D Have you ever played these ? Not bad at ~$1200 +/-

  17. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Wendler or Rob Allen
    I've own a Wendler and there great.
  18. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    do you mean Ashbory? Didn't know Ashdown made basses.
  19. I apologize for the corona-induced typos. Ashbory. Yes, this is a great quick fix for upright sound on the cehap. I like those exotic fretless basses too, but you really can't beat the price and portability of an Ashbory.