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Re: Wanted: Info and Comments on Electric Uprights

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Posted by Arturo Baguer ( on May 13, 2002 at 02:32:16:

In Reply to: Re: Wanted: Info and Comments on Electric Uprights posted by Bob Gollihur on May 10, 2002 at 18:45:20:

I've owned a Knutson Messenger bass for about 9 years. I've toured and recorded with this bass and have found it to be really well made and a workhorse. Since mine is so old I haven't kept up with the upgrades that John has put in his newer basses but I am still very happy with it and people always comment on the look and sound.
Pros: has 3 position switch for pizz, latin/percussive, and arco sound. I use the arco setting 95% of the time for pizz. The pizz setting for me is too nasally. No feedback ever and it works real well in loud combos. Soundmen love it because it gets a really full sound with no fuss whatsoever. Built like a tank. Portable.

Cons: G string always seems to get lost. The main reason I use the arco setting all the time is to beef up the G. Sound is nasally in thumb position, sounds more like fretless elec. up there. The sound on the lower strings is great.

All that said, it depends what sound you are going for. This is a bass that can also sound like a huge elec fretless. It doesn' have much "air" in the sound like an upright. It also doesn't have the feedback problems.

If I had the money or need for another EUB though, I would probably get the Eminence because of the trad look and feel. I also think that bass is more "upright sounding" because of the hollow body and soundpost, although I haven't heard one yet. Good luck

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