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Nylon Contrabass! (= Nylon ABG)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrbaloo, Aug 17, 2004.


  1. mrbaloo

    mrbaloo

    May 9, 2002
    Sweden
    I was shown a Esteve 1PS75 4-string Nylon Contrabass at a music store today (http://www.fernandezmusic.com/Contrabass.html). Wow, I was really blown away of the deep and loud acoustic tone. The classic guitar shaped body is a lot bigger than e.g. the Dean Performer's body (the store had that one too) and the fretboard was made from ebony w/ jumbo frets. The odd thing was the nylon strings, but they sounded great and was a breath to play.

    Has anyone else tried this "Nylon Contrabass"?

    /MrBaloo
     
  2. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Portugal
    Never tried one but the text is correct, Fado players used it a lot, its been losing a bit of ground to upright bass, which is now "in" with some artists of this style, I believe the bass player for Madredeus could use one too.
     
  3. BassFelt

    BassFelt

    Mar 26, 2002
    I've tried a similar instrument but I'm not really sure it was an Esteve. I really dug it and one day I would like to get one. I also tried a cheaper one (again I don't recall the brand) in Barcelona, Spain, but it was inferior. Even visually you could tell that the frets were placed wrong!
     
  4. mrbaloo

    mrbaloo

    May 9, 2002
    Sweden
    I don't think I ever will buy one, but I would say it was very interesting (and good) moment of playing an instrument I didn't know excisted. I'm happy with my ABG though it's not the most well built instrument in the world. It fulfils all my present needs.

    /MrBaloo
     
  5. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Hallo Baloo, where did you see that thing?
     
  6. mrbaloo

    mrbaloo

    May 9, 2002
    Sweden
    Hi

    I saw this cool bass at the the music store "Gottfrid Johansson Musikinstrumenthandel AB" located down in the subway station "Hötorget" in Stockholm (at the corner of Kungsgatan and Sveavägen). Maybe "Gitarren" in Göteborg has that ABG too.

    /MrBaloo