SOLD Rigel Acousta Bass Guitar - Price Lowered

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Emperor Elite, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    New Jersey
    United States
    Super cool Rigel Acousta Bass. It is big. It is loud. It is awesome. If you are looking for an acoustic bass guitar that can keep up with two jumbo guitars, a mandolin orchestra, or a piano and a jazz drummer, then look no further. This bass sounds like a bass fiddle because it is built like a bass fiddle. The amount of air that it moves is simply amazing. Unlike acoustic bass guitars, you can hear this Rigel all the way in the back of the room. It punches: hard.

    The weight is a surprisingly light 8.5 pounds. It has 1 1/2" spacing at the nut so it is so easy to play. Pete designed the bass to be played with a strap, and he nailed the design: the bass is so comfortable with a strap. I can play it an entire night with no fatigue whatsoever. I needed an acoustic bass sound for my most recent gig, so the bass currently has D'Addario flats on it, but I have to say that it really comes alive (that means, it gets even louder and punchier) with phosphor bronze strings. The bass has a David Gage Realist cello pickup installed under the bridge. The pickup sounds great, but like all the Realist pickups, it is pretty low output. I just bump up the gain on my amp a tick or two when I use it.

    The bass came with a light duty, oversized cello gig bag that in all honesty doesn't really fit it all that well, but it does the job. I haven't had any problems with it, but I am always careful when I travel with my basses. I have an acoustic bass stand that I'll throw in for free.

    The bass is massive and I don't have any way to ship it, so, unfortunately, the bass is available for local pick up only. I'm in northern NJ. That being said, I'm willing to drive a little in order to meet the buyer. The bass is in extremely good condition. My asking price is $1,400. I've attached a picture with me and Pete, one of the bass next to a guitar (so you can really get a feel for how cool it is) and one of me gigging with it. Please ignore the "bass face." Smile. I am considering trades (especially, five string unlined fretless basses). Something like a MM Stingray or Sterling 5 fretless is kind of what I have in mind, but I'm open minded. Thanks for reading. Please PM me if you are interested.

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    Last edited: Sep 18, 2020
  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Super cool instrument - GLWTS!
  3. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Very cool!
  4. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    Thanks guys. Great to hear from you, Mike. I'm going to be putting up my Wal Pro 1e up for sale soon. Starting to consolidate my collection. Ben
  5. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Wow. I saw Rigel and wondered if they ever made a bass. It seems so! GLWTS
  6. Jabba the bass

    Jabba the bass Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    Wish I were closer... I would be loading it in my car..... er truck....glwts!
  7. basmansam

    basmansam Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    They are awesome basses, Pete is a great guy!!
  8. dusterdan70

    dusterdan70 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2014
    So Cal
    I'd have to rent a U-Haul to pick this up and drive across the country but damn, probably so worth it! GLWTS!
  9. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    LOL.. it fits in the back seat of my car with no problem. If you are up to take a road trip, let me know. :)
  10. klyph

    klyph Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    Cape Cod
    Hi. This is an amazing looking instrument. I didn’t see a reference to scale length. It looks like it is ballpark standard scale (34 inches). Is that the case? My apologies if I overlooked the spec.

    A couple more questions. How high is the bridge from the top? How high is the end of the fretboard from the top (“overstand” , roughly in DB terms). Is the thumbrest easily removable? Thanks so much...
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2020
  11. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    The scale length is 34", just like a jazz bass. The neck is build to jazz bass specs, so it feels very comfortable.

    Regarding the bridge height, I'm on the road this week, but will get you exact measurements when I get home on Friday. I have attached a photo that gives you a better idea of what is the bridge height. I hope it is helpful.d

    The distance from the fretboard to the top of the bass is adjustable via an Allen key screw in the back of the neck. You can make it flush if you want. It it a really clever design. At the moment, I have a 1/4" or so gap because I like to pluck the strings hard for maximum acoustic volume and punch.

    The thumb rest is a piece of ebony that is screwed onto the fingerboard, so it is easily removable. The neck has a truss rod, so the relief is adjustable too, but I have never in three years had to adjust it. The neck is extremely stable.

    I will be going to Providence and then New Hampshire (to pick up a cabinet from Revsound) in about two weeks. If you are seriously interested in the bass, I could probably drop it off to you, or we could meet in Providence.

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  12. 707GK


    Jun 13, 2013
    This is by far the coolest bass for sale I’ve seen on these forums. Good luck with the sale!!
  13. woah
  14. bassbones2

    bassbones2 Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Nicholasville Kentucky

  15. Any trade interest? I love this thing.
  16. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Scale length? Will it take DB strings?
  17. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    The scale is 34". I have never tried DB strings on it. It currently has D'Addario Flats on it.
  18. Wow. I can't believe this is still here.
  19. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    I'm also surprised, given that these are so hard to come by. It really is such a cool bass, but, since I can't ship it, that really hurts. I will bump this ad every couple of weeks, eventually someone will come along that needs the massive acoustic volume that this bass can put out. It is really remarkable how good it sounds, and how loud it is.
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  20. mgauction

    mgauction Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    Ben, LMK when you put up the Pro 1e. I sold you the 1st manufactured Wal, Bluey. Mike
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