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Thinking of buying an EUB... advice please?

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by FollowMeDown, Mar 11, 2021.


  1. Happy Steve

    Happy Steve Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Mel-burn, Ore-stralia
    Hi Vedi, the difference between my URB and the Yamaha is clear to me, but it is hard to make it clear here on a web page. I thought these pics might support my point, but I guess you could 'argue the toss' whether the measurements are that different. Both basses are normal 3/4 scale. You can see from the wood grain that my Yamaha is the standard (non LTD) SLB200.
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    probably not that important to the OP :)
    Steve
     
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  2. vedi

    vedi

    Sep 16, 2008
    Luxembourg, EU
    yeah, mate, what is normal 3/4? ;) I've seen 40,5 cm and 42 cm, and everything in-between. so, what's the length of the moving string on your basses?

    but, D neck is when you reach the heel with your thumb and have the note D under your index finger on the G string. Eb neck when there's Eb there.

    I was only stating that Yamaha EUB has always had a D neck. it is highly unlikely that they would switch just for one series (btw, LTD differs only in wood, and 300 is pretty much the same - both frame extensions from 200 fit 300 as well.)
     
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  3. I hope it was inches! ;)
     
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  4. vedi

    vedi

    Sep 16, 2008
    Luxembourg, EU
    :D that's what she said...

    but yes, you are absolutely right, inches...
     
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  5. Wasnex

    Wasnex

    Dec 25, 2011
    My impression is 42" is considered sort of a standard, but yes there is variation.
     
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  6. Happy Steve

    Happy Steve Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Mel-burn, Ore-stralia
    Lets ask yamaha.
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  7. Ludwig

    Ludwig

    Aug 17, 2006
    Germany
    If you move the thumb to the neck heel, the note opposite the thumb decides D or Eb neck, not with what finger you press down there. If you keep the hand shape of the lower notes, usually the index finger is not opposite the thumb.
     
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  8. Happy Steve

    Happy Steve Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Mel-burn, Ore-stralia
    Well this is surprising to me.. :confused:
    Hi Steve,
    I have liaised with my colleague from Japan, Naoki. He was able to provide the following response:

    Are these instruments fitted with a D or E-flat neck position?
    ⇒D neck
    Would there be any variation made for the Japanese market we are unaware of?
    ⇒We don't have any variation for Japanese market. It is only model for global market available.
    I hope this info helps. Enjoy your SLB200!

    Soooo...
    - @vedi , your information is confirmed.

    - I will need to modify my technique when playing the Yamaha. What lands me squarely on a D on my URB is placing me on a sharper fingered pitch here.
    ? different profile of the neck heel so I am moving my thumb too far south ?
    ? Yamaha construction optimised for much lower string height than I have set up.. so stopping the note increasing the pitch ?

    Anyway, I can certainly recommend a Yamaha URB to the OP if having a responsive manufacturer is a factor. (I have no connection to Yamaha or its employees)
    Steve
     
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