#1
I'm looking to buy an upright bass for my jazz band, preferably one without a body (because I think they look cooler) but with is okay too.

The thing is, Guitar Center and Hix Brothers doesn't really have much to offer in the way of anything decent.

Are there any places that specialize in selling basses or that have a better selection of uprights?

Also, are there special strings required for an upright, or can I just use regular bass strings?
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#2
I can't help you in buying one since I'm actually in the process of learning about them myself, but I know that they definitely use different strings. They feel like flatwounds and they need to fit on a neck that's somewhere around 43".
#3
Yeah, you need different strings. Also, I would definitely recommend buying one "with the body" AKA a real upright not an electric upright. The sound is better for a jazz setting, or any setting honestly. EUB's have a weird quality to them that I find doesn't really apply to anything that an upright applies to. In short, go real upright.
#4
Holy..... *almost dies* $100 for upright strings? Those things better last through a nuclear war if they're going to cost that much!
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#6
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
Yeah, you need different strings. Also, I would definitely recommend buying one "with the body" AKA a real upright not an electric upright. The sound is better for a jazz setting, or any setting honestly. EUB's have a weird quality to them that I find doesn't really apply to anything that an upright applies to. In short, go real upright.


Thanks for the info! I wish some place around here had uprights so I could actually play a few >.<

Edit: By 'the longer they're on, the better', do you mean that the strings don't die in sound like on a guitar or an electric bass? 'cause if so, that'd be amazing.
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#7
http://www.nicklloydbasses.com/ $2,200 for a decent bass with a carved top. Strings are included. And they're only 1/22nd of the price. Get used to expensive stuff bud. It's costing me an arm and a leg. Plus I'll have to buy a vehicle that'll let me haul that, my amps, and my electrics. So it get's pretty pricy after awhile.
#9
Something like the Dean Pace Bass, or the Steinberger NS Wave?

Yeah, the strings are expensive: shopping the interweb for DR's a while ago, I couldn't help notice the prices for them starting about $140 (Rotosound). GAS'd at both the above last week, lol. Didn't these things start out being used by jazzers? Either of them are more portable in their cases than an acoustic double. Or my BCR for that matter...
#10
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
Yeah, you need different strings. Also, I would definitely recommend buying one "with the body" AKA a real upright not an electric upright. The sound is better for a jazz setting, or any setting honestly. EUB's have a weird quality to them that I find doesn't really apply to anything that an upright applies to. In short, go real upright.

+1
nothing compares to the sound of a full bodied, double bass(upright).
#11
This is true, but Bass Player had a point when they said "if you're expecting the upright sound, you're missing the point." It has it's own unique sound that's very cool, and you can tell it's derived from the upright. Although, with it's 42" strings and piezo system, it comes closer to the sound of an upright than any other electric. It sounds like many real uprights do - plugged in.

However, there are a few 'hybrid-hybrids' - and the aforementioned Pace Bass is one of them. It's a 35" scale instrument that plays like an electric, but has a bit of that grunt since the neck is so thick. However, it pales in comparison to a 42" incher, let alone an acoustic. Kydd makes a few like that, as does NS with their Bass Cello, but they're going to the thousands.

And, FWIW, you can get some cheap generic double bass strings off eBay for the $20 range... if you dare.
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#12
I don't like those things, I've played one and the sound on it was horrible. I tried everything, and couldn't get a good sound outta it. If I want an upright sound, I'll play my upright, if I want an EUB sound, I'll kill myself.