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Playing electric bass like an upright

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by OldDog52, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Found a thread specific to electric guitar, not bass...

    So there's this 60s group The Peddlers that I'd never heard of until their cover of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" was featured on Breaking Bad.

  2. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    I went to a club once that the band was playing reggae. The bassist was on a chair and the bass was on a support in front of him, playing like an upright.
  3. Curious, was that band called the Slackers? Great bass player, he's got a vox and always plays on a chair in upright position
  4. I remember years ago we were at a family get-together, and being from a family of musicians, everybody brought something to play. One of my uncles had a P-Bass, and my Dad played it. Now, my Dad was an upright player for years, and he just couldn't get used to the P, so he put it on a kitchen chair, got down on his knees, and played it like an upright! Too funny, it cracked everybody up! :D
  5. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    I would love to have the option to do this on some gigs.
  6. There's this group:

    Not quite upright, but as close as I've seen anyone with a strap play. (I like his sound too!!)
  7. Just out of interest early versions of the Gretsch country gentleman bass came with an extendable pin so it could be played as either upright or on a strap.
  8. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    I don't belive is the band you're talking about. I saw them here in Brazil.
  9. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    The early Gibson EB1 came with the option of making them upright
  10. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

    Dec 15, 2008
    Why don't you just learn to double? Playing an EB like that can't be good for the wrist.. double basses are made like they are for a reason, and part of that is ergonomics. And it's not like playing it upright does anything for your 'tone' other than making you look a bit silly.
  11. Demonjrx


    May 30, 2012
    United States
    Are there any other basses that can be used like that? That is pretty neat.
  12. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Ampeg also made one with some sort of fiberglass or plastic type body.
  13. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Well, there are occasionally gigs for me that are at a jazz club or cabaret that is a tight space and it would be a cool variation.
  14. leftiebass


    Oct 17, 2009
    Bill Wyman - Rolling Stones - especially in early days.
  15. leftiebass


    Oct 17, 2009
    Bill Wyman - Rolling Stones - especially in early days.

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  16. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choiceâ„¢ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Wow, why have a never heard of The Peddlers? I'm really digging this clip.

    - Steve
  17. 66Atlas


    May 19, 2012
    Tom Peterson in the video for "Dont be Cruel" but never saw him do it live.
  18. Shinedown's Live In Kansas Acoustic Show, Eric Bass had his Deans on Snare Stands and was playing them in an upright-like fashion.

  19. Brunny Brunel is the closest I can think of. He has his strap buttons positioned so the bass when standing is in a nearly vertical positions compared to a regular bass.
  20. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Also his signature Carvin Bass was designed to take that position. I had one for almost 6 years and since the bottom of the bass is so wide, it just angle itself like that.

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