What are the 3 bass guitars most similar in sound to a double bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cyberprimate, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. cyberprimate


    Mar 6, 2010
    What are the 3 bass guitars most similar in sound to a double bass?

    Any pre-70's one ?
  2. Fretless P
  3. funkout5


    May 19, 2009
    Suburbia, USA
    rob allen fretless' have been known to be the best upright soud alikes
  4. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Carvin AC40/AC50 semi-hollowbody acoustic.
    (Especially with a piece of foam under the strings at the bridge. )
  5. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Rob Allen
    Turner Renaissance
    Zon Lightwave
  6. MIght a Takamine TB10 be among the top 3?
  7. In my opinion, no bass guitar can get even close to the sound of upright
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Ashbory Bass, only one I've heard that cops the vibe, and even that ain't really close.
  9. g4string


    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Hotwire "Double Bass"......hands down!! Look it up, it's that good!!!!!!!!
  10. LOL, this thread again. I still like people telling me that my Rob Allens don't even sound close. :p
  11. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC

    Good luck finding one of these.

  12. jar546


    Dec 14, 2006
    Just listened to some of your songs on myspace. Great sounds. What bass did you use on "Blue"
  13. Thanks!! I used my Rob Allen Mouse 30, although the way I was playing the Rob Allen in most of the tunes wasn't how I play it to fake the upright tone.
  14. jar546


    Dec 14, 2006
    Understood this was not your upright tone, just a thread drift. GF just walked into the room as I was playing your stuff and she is impressed. We have it on as background music now while surfing. Again, nice work.
  15. LOL, no problem, just afraid someone would use that as evidence against me. :D

    Glad you like the tunes. That was a very fun project. Call me lazy, but it was much easier to write a few really long tunes than to worry about having a lot of tunes! :p
  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    hotwire also make( or made) one that got quite close... in the shape of a jazz bass tho.
  17. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    fender coronado (67-69), they are FULLY hollowbasses, no center block. Put some tapes or flats on there and you are at upright time. i love mine :)
  18. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    What he said. Mine is all kinds of wooly and upright sounding.

  19. I think these two basses can sound reasonably like a double bass:

    Epiphone Jack Casady, especially on the lowest pickup setting.
    My Ibanez EDA905F. Dial in the piezos just right, and you have an upright tone.

    And while I've never even seen one, I think this bass would sound like an upright from its description.

  20. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Despite all the great advice everyone has given, it's really difficult for any bass guitar to sound like an upright. It's plain old physics. I bought an electric upright bass to get close, and even then, after spending numerous hours on the EUB forum board, you get the same response: that it's impossible to replicate. Sure, my EUB gets close enough, but when you compare recordings and sound to sound, it's just tough to really replicate the doghouse sound. General concensus seems to be even the EUBs have their own sound, somewhat removed from the sound of a doghouse. Everything I hear lacks the projection and depth.
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