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Rigel Acoustic Bass - Amazing!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Emperor Elite, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite

    Oct 20, 2004
    I've been enjoying my Rigel acoustic bass for three months now, and wanted to share some photos. These phenomenal instruments are everything that they are touted to be. Loud, lightweight, and so easy to play. I use a Realist pickup and, when amplified, it sounds just like an upright bass, but with a more precise attack because of the frets. It is a fantastic instrument and I cannot recommend it enough for anyone looking for the highest quality, easily playable acoustic bass.

    This is NOT a guitar. It isn't built like one and absolutely does not sound like one, nor does it suffer from anemic projection. It sounds and projects like a half-size bass fiddle. It will easily keep up with two jumbo guitars and several mandolins, and is perfect for venues where bring amplification is problematical. It absolutely kills with the Realist pickup.

    Kudos and thanks to Pete Langdell for making me this amazing instrument.

    Attached Files:

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  2. Cool--thanks for posting!
  3. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
  4. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Wow! I'd call that amazing too. I really dig it. Thanks for sharing pictures. If you have any audio or video, PLEASE share that too!
  5. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Want. :eek:
  6. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
    That's one cool axe! I want one!
  7. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite

    Oct 20, 2004
    If you want one, please give Pete a call or shoot him an email. My delivery time was less than three months.

    Tel. (802) 644-2233 | E-mail:

    He is fantastic to work with. I enjoyed the whole process. Even went to Vermont to meet "the man" and pick up the bass in person. Very special.

    Mike Z, it has been ages since I've chatted with you. Remember our "Wal" days?


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dude, that bass totally belongs on an episode of MTV Unplugged! Congrats, all the best with it :cool:
  9. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Weight? How long are your sets?
  10. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    That's so cool!

  11. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite

    Oct 20, 2004
    The weight is 8.5 pounds. And the bass sits perfectly on a strap. Very comfortable.

    My sets are one hour long, and we do three sets per night.

    If you are worried about the weight (it is less than my jazz bass), then Pete can install an end pin for you.

  12. Rebop


    Jul 9, 2008
    La Honda, CA
    This is the bass for me! Thank you for posting. Hadn't heard of these before. As primarily an upright player, this would be perfect to bring to my "electric" gigs.

  13. Ben, I didn't recognize your login! Yes, it's been ages--how's life treating you? I still think about picking up another Wal from time to time....
  14. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite

    Oct 20, 2004
    Hey Mike,

    I was Bejahu from the Dudepit days. Remember? I'm doing well. Being very active with my band and trying to play as many different kinds of music as possible. How about you?
  15. Yep, I knew which Ben you were! I'm staying busy playing myself, partly because there aren't enough hours in the day to play all the kinds of music I'd like to and partly because I'm terrible at saying "no" when anyone asks if I'm available! :)
  16. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    This is it!THIS is what is needed!The halfway point between an upright bass and an acoustic bass guitar!No amp needed!

    Last edited: Jun 15, 2014
  17. Dig it...
  18. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Cool idea, but kinda dumb. Just play a real upright or a bass guitar.
  19. Dumb in what way, since the Rigel is neither DB or EB, but falls into a different niche?
  20. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    Plus the fact that it's got frets.And CAN,unless I'm mistaken,use roundwound strings!It never ceases to amaze me.The close mindedness!