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What is the best sounding/realistic feeling electric upright bass?

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by duderus, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. duderus

    duderus Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    I am in the market for one. I have had a king 1954 upright but now I am looking to make my rig smaller but still sound realistic. If anyone has any recommendation lease let me know.

    Money does matter, but if the best is up there in price and you have experience and I may take a plunge.

    Thank you!
  2. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    You might get better responses if you post this in the DB forum
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I like Ergo. So do a ton of other people. I sold mine but when/if/when I'm in the market for an eub I'll get another Ergo. My mind is already made up.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Takamine b10 maybe?

    Not an electric upright, but a more manageable size.
  5. Not sure I get EUBs. They don't sound any more convincing (as a URB) than a decent fretless ABG to my ears. So why not get a fretless ABG instead?

  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I've heard good things about the Alter Ego, Phil Smith likes his Yamaha Silent Bass, but I didn't think the one I played felt particularly like an upright. Bill Merchant will build you one that has the same mensure and overstand as your double bass. And there's always the Czech Ease...
  7. My Merchant is excellent. Most realistic sound and feel that I've found. Tried the Czech-Ease and it didn't do much for me. It's basically 2/3 of a Strunal, which I'm not a fan of, for much more money.
  8. Can you bow them?...
  9. agfrag

    agfrag Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2006
    Novi, Mi
    Check out Augustan Bernal and the Eminence he's playing. Give the tune a couple moments to warm up and listen closely to the instrument. I personally think that is a pretty cool sound, and I'll bet to most peoples ears, very upright-ish.
  10. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Both very nice!
    Burgess could've picked a nicer shirt to wear no? Haha.
  11. rickwolff

    rickwolff CGJ (Certified Gear Junkie) Supporting Member

    I haven't played others, so I couldn't/wouldn't say one is better than another, but I am very happy with my Eminence, even more so since recently putting on a Lifeline pickup.

  12. I have an NS Design CR4M for sale, the reason I'm selling is because I'm waiting on delivery of an NS Design EU5. EUB's are a different kettle of fish, they are unique and really not comparable to an acoustic upright. I love and play it for what it is and not as an alternative. Not sure where you live, but if you're interested in buying the NS Design CR-4M, I live in Brisbane Australia. http://www.gollihurmusic.com/produc...ESIGN_CR4M_AND_CR5M_4_5_STRING_FULL_SIZE.html
  13. neej78


    Jun 2, 2010
    The best one by far is Yamaha 'silent' bass. I have used mine for a few years gigging jazz small groups and big band, and the sound (through a Galien-Krüger amp) is as near amplified double bass as you could hope.
  14. Clarkybass

    Clarkybass Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Not an EUB but a substantially downscaled double bass (so it might fit your criteria), nothing comes closer than the Kolstein travel bass in terms of DB-like feel, volume and tone IMHO

  15. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Volante comes the closest I've heard to DB sound, and feels like a DB when playing. Breaks down for travel, too. There's a link on the site to M Arnopol playing it with Patricia Barber.
  16. The Eminence is the best one I've actually played.
    Also I love an old Ampeg Baby Bass if you can locate one. Not really a true upright sound, but what a sound it is.

    The reason to own an electric upright vs a fretless bass guitar? For me the longer scale is much easier to play in tune.
  17. Hallic


    Sep 2, 2012
  18. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    As far as "realistic feeling", well none of them...without a full body none of them feel like a real bass when you lean on them.

    I've had an Ampeg, a Zeta and now an Azola (the best sounding of the three IMHO).
  19. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Torrance, CA
    I haven't played very many EUBs but I've listened to nearly all of them. I have an Eminence and an NS Omni. IMO, the Eminence sounds pretty close, not too much sustain, tone is similar though I think it lacks depth especially at the bottom. I play the Eminence and my URB without noticing the difference in feel, which is one of the best things I like about it. That and it fits in a golf bag which the airlines are happy to take as baggage.
    The Omni sounds like it's own instrument to me, not much like an URB unless played arco, and it takes some getting used to when I pick it up. Aside from the shorter scale, I think it's targeted at bass guitarists who want to explore the upright rather than upright players looking for a smaller instrument. It's tough to use a good right-hand technique on it because of where NS placed the electronic controls but doable. I'm the latter camp, an upright player wanting a smaller instrument, and I'm happy with the Omni because I can bring it onto a plane and put it in the overhead bin.
  20. MDM


    May 9, 2008
    Annapolis, MD
    I've owned an Azola, Carruthers, Clevinger, NS, Yamaha, and Alter Ego. I like the Alter Ego best for sound, feel, and portability.