New to upright

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by PollyBass, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Well, im liking the growl of the upright. ive only had the chance to play electric bass. was wondering what kind of begginer upright would be good. im totly new to this. so, where could i find these?
  2. jimclark68


    Dec 16, 2000
    Morganton, NC
    I'm much like you, I'm an EB-turned-URB player. I've just gone through the experience of buying my first double bass. I was helped out significantly by a luthier who let me borrow a bass for a month to see if it was something I wanted to invest in. I got hooked quickly. Heed the advice of others: DO NOT buy one of these inexpensive Chinese basses that are going for $500 on e-bay. Even if you are inexperienced (like me), a keen eye looking over the bass will reveal why they are so cheap. After much researching and personal financial analysis, I settled on an Engelhardt EM-1. At $999 from, it was the best compromise for me. Yes, I would rather have a high-end laminate or carved bass, and I would have rather bought from a luthier, but my options in my neck of the woods are severely limited. I will be using it primarily for bluegrass and traditional mountain folk music. But if money is less of an object for you than me, I would spend as much as you can afford. There are many options out there in terms of models and places to purchase them. I found this website to be invaluable, along with Bob Gollihur's webiste (All Hail), I also used the 2X Basslist to search on a variety of topics when I was looking around. You can use the link on Bob's website, it's in his links index. Good luck.