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just got an upright...

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by funkfish, Apr 6, 2003.


  1. funkfish

    funkfish Guest

    Jun 20, 2002
    U.S., Princeton, NJ
    $700 used with gig bag and pickup (no brandname)
    i'm pretty sure it isn't plywood
    the only thing it has on it is a sticker inside that says "made in czech republic"
    i thought it was a sweet deal
    what dyou guys think?
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    if you want any more/specific pics let me know

    :)
     
  2. It looks like plywood, and if you spent $700, it probably is. Still, it's a nice looking bass. Congrats!
     
  3. funkfish

    funkfish Guest

    Jun 20, 2002
    U.S., Princeton, NJ
    yeah well....

    at least it aint chinese :)

    either way, its soo feckin cool.
     
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I'm amazed that you can say it looks like plywood, given the two photos posted.

    And I've got a chinese bass that's excellent. Beware generalizations.
     
  5. funkfish

    funkfish Guest

    Jun 20, 2002
    U.S., Princeton, NJ
    meh i was just kidding.

    my teach checked it out said it was plywood.

    i had an intense lesson tonight. i'm learning more than i ever would have.
     
  6. Hey,
    the pickup is a Fishman, mounted with clips. Those
    can be removed and the piezo units can be glued on the bridge surface, if you want. The metal wire is for ground, be sure it´s wrapped on the strings tightly, otherwise it will make a nasty buzz. You got the preamp which sells with the pu ?

    The bass is plywood, doesn´t look like a Strunal, neither is it a Crapmona. Prolly some small factory in Czech Rep. How´s the back, flat or arched?

    R2
     
  7. Bibby

    Bibby Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2000
    well, you can't say it isn't shiny!

    funkfish,

    may i suggest you use some bigger bolts to keep the body attached to the neck hanging in the background? :D:eek: :D
     
  8. mje

    mje

    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Easy giveaway that it's plywood in the pics: The F-hole edges are painted.

    How does it sound?
     
  9. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Here's a thing now... to tell if an upright was a sweet deal or not, one really has to play it themselves.

    $700 is a good deal indeed for a decent-sounding plywood.
     
  10. He said it was a czech bass for $700. My old Lidl (Czech) plywood bass looked exactly like that. Chill out.
     
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    All I'm saying is that you can't tell without looking at it up close what it's made of. I don't have my panties in a wad or anything.

    Oh, and my work bass (a carved, german instrument) has painted f-hole edges.:p :D
     
  12. funkfish

    funkfish Guest

    Jun 20, 2002
    U.S., Princeton, NJ
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    mmmm....

    it sounds amazing, even through my ampeg ba-115sp (i play electric mainly until right now)

    it's got a flat back.

    mmmmmmmmm.....

    i'd say it was a good deal any way you put it.
     
  13. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Hi Funkfish,

    You can determine whether it is a plywood or not by looking at the top and back edge-on. On a plywood instrument you will be able to see the ply layers, on a carved you will see the grain lines wrap around. Check both top & back, as it may be a hybrid (carved top, laminated back & ribs).

    To my eye it has the look of a plywood bass, but not sure from this far away. :D I zoomed in on the f-hole pic but couldn't make it out for certain.
     
  14. This picture is the dead give away that it is a ply.
    Sticker glue sticks better to carved basses.:eek:

    Enjoy your new bass.

    Nice transparent body bass hangin on the right side of the wall.