Treble cutaway on side. Sides, back, and neck are maple wood, and its front is spruce. Black fingerboard. Stylish. Easy to grip. Includes cushioned carrying bag.
Expensive, but worth every cent for serious musicians.
Relatively affordable. Made with a spruce front and maple for its rear and ribs. Laminated body. Includes protective padded carrying bag and Brazil wood bow.
Veteran bassists may prefer a premium model.
A solid choice for students, as in many cases it’s cheaper than renting an instrument. Professionals say it has a solid build and lasts for years. Excellent for country and bluegrass thumping.
May want to replace factory strings. Some bridge assembly required. Bow not included, and case tends to run small.
A quality beginner's bass, this model can be cheaper for students than renting. Strings are better than on lower-cost basses, and tone is perfect for bluegrass. String spacing is adjustable.
Some users report damage to the packaging during shipping. Bow is not included.
Even though it's solidly built, it's still relatively lightweight, making it a breeze to transport from gig to gig — especially with the included backpack-style case. Not only a good live performance instrument, it also shines on recordings.
Users report needing to dampen the reverb, as it can vibrate a bit too much; some feedback at high volumes.
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The upright bass supports the low end of the string ensemble as well as many jazz and folk groups. Larger than the cello, buying a double bass can be more difficult than other string instruments since they tend to be more expensive. Depending on the player's size and skill level, there are different models you should consider. Bass sizes range from 1/4 all the way to full with 1/4 and 3/4 models being common for younger students. Teens and adults, regardless of skill level, should look at a full-size bass so the playing experience is true to the size of the fretless neck.
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