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NBD! Solidbody u-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flippy, Jul 4, 2017.


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  1. Flippy

    Flippy

    Jun 9, 2017
    Europe
    I may now sound like a hypocrite because not so long ago I preached about having as little gear as possible :angel:

    It was put up for sale online, with auction starting at 800PLN (about $215 as of today) and "buy it now" price of 1500PLN... I kept my eye on that bass for a few days and finally bidded in the last 30s. I decided that if I didn't like it, I could try to sell it for profit.

    Well, it didn't get any other bids and I kind of like it so far. There are a few issues, but playing the u-bass is fun.

    I expected it to be difficult to fret because the strings would roll a lot, but it turns out that's not the case. However, fretting past the 12th fret is a challenge because the frets are so close together. I hope it's a matter of practice.

    I had to rub some candle wax in the nut to help the bass stay in tune. I also tried to improve the intonation by adjusting the bridge, but this didn't help much and even introduced some fret "buzz". The bridge has wedge-shaped saddles of variable angle; probably to help with intonation, but unfortunately G and D are sharp at the 12th fret. I wonder if these wedges are movable..?

    In the back, there's a magnetic backplate (neat!) hiding a PCB powered by a pill battery. The strings go through body, especially the E string as you will see in the picture :roflmao:

    I also recorded a little track. It really sounds like I need to get used to playing on this toy-scale with spaghetti strings... ;)

     

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  2. winterburn69

    winterburn69

    Jan 27, 2008
    Saskatchewan
    Definitely just a matter of practice. You'll get used to it. I have an acoustic U-Bass, it's fantastic.
     

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