Popular among swing and bluegrass users, 4/4 size bassists have actually gone down to this model because of its excellent projection. Users report liking the adjustable bridge, and the included gig bag is padded for extra protection.
May want to swap out the strings if nylon is preferred; could be a bit too small for someone needing a 4/4 size.
More compact than the typical string bass. Users report it being fun to play and a quick learning curve for those new to an electric bass. Includes a bag and stand; up to 16 hours of playing time when charged.
Bow not included; doesn't really approximate the sound of a large acoustic upright bass, and included strings may be too light gauge for some.
A solid choice for students, as in many cases it’s cheaper than renting an instrument. Users who play it professionally say it’s built solidly, and lasts for years; especially great for country and bluegrass thumping.
May want to replace factory strings, and some bridge assembly required. Bow not included, and case tends to run a bit 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 playing bluegrass. String spacing can be adjusted for individual use.
Some users have reported issues with damage to the packaging during shipping, which could be improved; 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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