Posted by Bob Gollihur on September 18, 2001 at 12:29:52:
In Reply to: Strange Question posted by §žurious on September 18, 2001 at 11:29:20:
: this may be the wrong place to ask this but it's worth a shot:
: What are the differences between an Electric Upright Bass and An Acoustic Upright Bass? Aside of course the obvious ones of size, sometimes price, I think what I'm asking for is quality and the sound of the instruments in comparison.
: The Reason I'm asking is that I do play electric bass (four string electric, five string acoustic/electric) already and want to get into playing Upright. Now, just out of university, there isn't the money for even a cheap used Upright so I'm looking at building an upright elctric and see what I can do.
: Any thoughts? suggestions? Snide comments?
They can really be very different animals. You may have already noted that there are a wide range of electric upright basses (EUBs), but beyond their looks, it goes to the core of the design. Each player will evaluate them differently based on their prior experience and tastes; I came from double bass, and so prefer an instrument that more closely approximates the real thing. But lots of instruments are more influenced by electric bass.
Building you own may be a good idea, since you may have noted that most EUBs are more costly than a decent entry level laminated double bass. However, if your goal is to eventually go to a "legit" double bass, you'll want your instrument to approximate the real thing. As far as reaching the goal of it sounding like a real URB -- when you think about it, the best you can probably do is attain a sound that is like an amplified double bass.
The EUB I built for myself was modeled in some ways after my double bass, because that's the feel and sound I wanted. I'd suggest you rent or borrow an instrument so you can take extensive measurements from which to plan your bass.
My EUB is at the link below. Good luck! Bob
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