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Want to buy EUB to preserve calluses/technique

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by RMacBass, Jul 24, 2003.


  1. RMacBass

    RMacBass Bass Commander Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Hello all, I'm probably going away on a boat for a while, and I won't be able to take my upright bass. So naturally, I've been obsessively researching EUBs that I can take on a plane and not worry about in the cargo hold. The main reason that I want to have this EUB is to keep my callouses and stay in shape. I really don't care about sound, or aesthetics. All I want is a stick that feels just like a real bass.

    I'll be playing all electric bass publicly while I'm on the ship, so sound doesn't matter at all.

    Presumably, the cost of this should be fairly low, since as long as the fingerboard has a traditional curve/length, normal string spacing, and average scale length, I'll be happy.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. mje

    mje

    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
  3. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Are you Richard McClish who created the special pickup for Clevinger EUBs? (just wondering...)

    Anyway, in Montreal you could maybe try a BugBass at Steve's Music. (I'm not sure if they still have one)
    In Toronto, Club Bass sells the Carruthers SUB-1, like the one I own (I'm in Quebec City) and also Randy Brodeur, a fellow bassist from Montreal.
    The SUB-1's neck is removable, and a very sturdy carrying case is available from Carruthers.
     
  4. RMacBass

    RMacBass Bass Commander Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    The Goldtone does looks interesting at $1599. So does the Bugbass at $1995. (Pricing anagrams...) The Bugbass looks the best, actually, it's the fingerboard that does it for me; it looks like a real upright fingerboard.

    The Eminence and Carruthers I have tried, and I liked the Eminence, but I need to get a better acoustic upright before I can justify that kind of expenditure $2800USD (The CDN dollar ain't too good). The Carruthers seems overpriced.

    I sound awfully negative, maybe it's because I'm poor. I should just duct-tape some spirocores to a two-by-four and quit complaining.

    Thanks for the replies, no I'm not Richard McClish, if I were, I'd probably already have an EUB.
     
  5. RMacBass

    RMacBass Bass Commander Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    I just remembered a product that I saw advertised a year or two ago. It was a little device that held short lengths of bass (or guitar/banjo/etc.) strings in the right position so one could easily practise plucking without needing a full-sized instrument. Does anyone know what product I'm talking about?
     
  6. RMacBass

    RMacBass Bass Commander Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Cool idea! It's something to think about. It's sort of funny, in a way, just compared to how I normally think of what I want to sound like when I play, but it's definitely cost-effective.
     
  7. RMacBass

    RMacBass Bass Commander Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    I saw the ad for the BSX T4 in the classified section and bought it, so I guess I won't wind up building a bass out of spit & twine, but it was the cheapest EUB that supposedly feels like a real bass that I could find, also it is in great condition, and I could theoretically play it live... so it's a happy medium.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  8. Jimmyjazz

    Jimmyjazz Guest

    Jul 19, 2002
    It really is a pain in the arse when you go abroad for a few weeks and you dont have access to a decent bass. Its nice saying you should buy a neck here and a part there. But you are speaking out of your backsides. Are there any basses that you can pick up and use for travelling and doesnt cost an arm and a leg. Lets hear from people that have actually worked on and solved the problem and not those that are making a guesses.
     
  9. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Frankly, I don't see any problem with the replies in this thread up until you decided that people weren't being helpful enough.

    Let's see, first, TARMACBASS said, "All I want is a stick that feels just like a real bass. I'll be playing all electric bass publicly while I'm on the ship, so sound doesn't matter at all." Then three people chimed in with EUB suggestions.

    Then TARMAC said, "I just remembered a product that I saw advertised a year or two ago. It was a little device that held short lengths of bass (or guitar/banjo/etc.) strings in the right position so one could easily practise plucking without needing a full-sized instrument." Translation: "GEE, IT JUST OCCURRED TO ME THAT I MIGHT NOT NEED A REAL INSTRUMENT AT ALL TO KEEP MY CALLOUSES UP. ANY SUGGESTIONS?" Then there were some suggestions along these lines. After that, TARMAC said, and I quote, "I saw the ad for the BSX T4 in the classified section and bought it, so I guess I won't wind up building a bass out of spit & twine, but it was the cheapest EUB that supposedly feels like a real bass that I could find... so it's a happy medium.Thanks for the advice."

    So, TARMAC got his callous bass, thanked everyone for trying to help, and went on his merry way. See? Everyone's happy except you and me. And I WOULD HAVE BEEN perfectly happy with the way this thread was going, but instead I come home and find that your post has been reported several times, which means I have to deal with it. Now that I'm done, I'm happy. :) To close, what I'd like to know is, why are you unhappy for TARMAC when TARMAC himself seems perfectly content with his solution? Do you have some personal issue with DOGHOUSE LOANER? If so, why take it up here?
     
  10. bobsax

    bobsax

    Jan 16, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    There sure are some mighty callous remarks in this thread on calluses. :D
    This is the only thread with Calluses (none for Callus) in the title.
    I think a thread should be dedicated to it.:help:
    Really?:rollno:
    Yes.:p
     
  11. anonymous122511

    anonymous122511 Guest

    Dec 28, 2010
    There are surprisingly few inexpensive EUBs that have the same reference points (the heel landmark, shoulders and balance) as a double bass. I'm certainly not saying these are the best all around instruments and may be more than you want to spend but the two I've played that feel the most like a big bass are the Eminence and the Yamaha. I've owned four EUBs now and gone out of my way to play many others. The latest one is an Eminence chosen largely for its similarity feel-wise to a double bass. (FYI it's a removable neck model I got recently from L&M in Victoria for $1700)
     
  12. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Regarding the OP and the posting date... I think that ship has sailed.
     
  13. anonymous122511

    anonymous122511 Guest

    Dec 28, 2010
    :rolleyes: I don't feel any smarter right now.
    I shoulda noticed this before I responded but bobsax, dude, when you revive an eight year old thread.......well, just don't.
     
  14. bobsax

    bobsax

    Jan 16, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    Sorry Jeff
    Usually I hear , " Use Search before you post!" so I did and found this thread.\
    Actually I'm sure you're comments will be greatly appreciated by future Searchers looking for the same kind of bass.
     
  15. anonymous122511

    anonymous122511 Guest

    Dec 28, 2010
    In terms of a database you're right. I'm just embarrassed getting busted not paying attention by someone to whom I should have apologized (but didn't) for a similar case of careless reading a while back. And that's not your fault.
     
  16. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with replying to an older topic, especially since newbies are encouraged to search for older topics. The protocol in the case of replying to an older topic is to make a "zombie thread" joke, and then to add your comment to the subject; this alerts users replying after that that an old thread has been revived, and that the topic has been reopened. If you can find a funny zombie pic to attach while doing this, so much the better. :)
     

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  17. nicechuck

    nicechuck

    Jul 9, 2007
    If this were a current problem, I'd reccomend the Palatino EUB, 41 inch scale, so that may not quite match up but all else besides body size is right and comes with an adjustable bridge so you can even get the tension on the strings you need. And you can buy a new one for around $650. Just sold mine for alot less than that actually. I've never thought about that situation before, I suppose it would be quite difficult for long distance truckers, airline pilots etc. to keep in shape on an upright bass.
     
  18. spoonido

    spoonido

    Sep 19, 2007
    Sierra Madre, California
    Endorsing Artist: Hagstrom, Mahalo
    I have a Palatino electric that I'd be willing to sell. Just a few small nicks in it, but otherwise in new condition.