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Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by gypsydjango, Dec 4, 2019.
Anybody slap on the EUB? Success?
When I tried slapping on a EUB, a Palatino VE-500, the sound was acceptable although not as good as a traditional upright in my opinion.
However, the issue I had was the aggressive nature of slapping tended to cause it to physically wobble back and forth on the end pin since there's no where to hold it still with. With the VE-500, you can use the extension arm but I found that thing even more annoying.
I slap on a UBass, pretty much a mini-version of slapping on the DB. Slapping volume is much higher with my UBass (Kala UBASS-EBY-FL) through an amp, so slapping has to be much more controlled and gentle; also there is no pre-amp blending of the slap signal with the pizz signal on my UBass like there is on my DB, so that level of control has to be done by controlling the slap intensity. I would imagine that could be the same with an EUB.
Slapping is typically all on the strings and the fingerboard, so the kinds of strings you're using and your stetup (action) would make a big difference in playability and the sound. And the type of EUB (stick vs hollow body, etc.) would also make a difference.
Ya don't slap an upright, you 'spank' it!
The guy who played with the Hollisters used to slap an Ampeg Baby Bass and it sounded great. That’s about the only EUB I think that would sound decent slapping on.
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