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The "Best" EUB?

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by RunngDog, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. RunngDog


    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I'm currently considering purchase of an EUB. I know there are always tradeoffs involved, so I'm hoping to get people's opinions as to the "best" in terms of each of 5 attributes:

    1. Tone quality
    2. Playability
    3. Design/"Looks"
    4. "Fit & finish"
    5. Value

    Since no one EUB is likely to be "best" on all 5 attributes, I'm assuming folks will pick different EUBs for different attributes.
  2. The "best"?

    1. Tone quality

    ...depends so much on the player

    2. Playability

    ...depends a lot on the set-up

    3. Design/"Looks"

    ...totally irrelevant, unless you're looking for something which goes with the wall-paper/curtains/living-room-suite

    4. "Fit & finish"

    ...depends on the manufacturer

    5. Value

    ...are you looking for a bass or an investment?


    - Wil

    PS: You'd be much happier with a real double-bass - I know, I was... (on all 5 counts!)
  3. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    First let me state that I've owned/played the following EUBs:
    - old Ampeg Baby Bass (which I modified)
    - basic Azola BugBass I
    - Carruthers SUB-1 (which I modified slightly too)

    Originally posted by RunngDog
    1. Tone quality

    Depends what tone you're looking for!
    Eberhard Weber (very electric/modified/space)?
    Traditional AUB sound?

    2. Playability

    The SUB-1 is the best of the three I stated above, but YMMV!

    3. Design/"Looks"

    Depends what you think is a nice design!
    As you can see, it's pointless.

    4. "Fit & finish"

    The SUB-1 is the best of the three I stated above, but YMMV!

    5. Value

    For me the SUB-1 has the best value among the ones listed above, etc...
    But I've not tried the new Azolas, the Steinbergers, the Messengers, the Eminence, etc. etc.!

    HTH anyway!
  4. I've never owned one, but I've had the chance to play quite a few.

    If you're after something that's close to the feel and sound of an amplified upright bass, I'd say that the Eminence is a good choice. If I was forced to play an EUB instead of the doghouse, it would be my choice. It was the only one I've tried that didn't feel "dead" under my fingers.

    The Eminence has an actual hollow laminate bass body rather than a plank, and it features a Realist pickup. Of course, you may be after a more "electric" sound, in which case, a solid body model may be more to your liking.
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member