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Upright Basses & EUB's: Electric Upright Basses

Electric Upright Basses

Which bass is best? That depends...

Electric Upright Basses come in many shapes and sizes. Which one is going to be the best choice for you depends on what you're asking of the bass. For instance, Eminence and Gage Czech-Ease basses seek to provide an authentic double-bass experience in a smaller package, while NS Design provides a range of instruments which are a purposeful crossover between the worlds of electric and upright bass.

If you want an instrument that doesn't have the giant footprint (and the need for a larger car) that comes with a "real" upright, consider the Eminence; it's a "real" upright bass - it even has a functional sound post and bass bar - with a much smaller body, so it has the tone, but not the volume, of the real thing. The Czech-Ease is even less of a compromise, volume-wise - its fuller body gives a bigger acoustic tone, but it's not quite as portable, though it is still considerably more so than a 3/4 size bass.

And then, of course, there are the solid body options from NS Design, which "bridge the gap"; they have an authentic scale and fingerboard profile, yet provide a more "electric" tonal color and a modern design aesthetic. They can provide a "close enough" sort of tone with some minor tweaks, but they are designed as more of a "hybrid" between acoustic and electric basses. Same with the Dean Pace Contra Bass, which is a budget-friendly solid-body EUB.

Finally, we even have the unique U-Basses from Kala, which are ukulele-sized instruments with unusual polyurethane strings that have a startlingly HUGE sound when amplified. Fun to play, useable in many situations where a big bass is, well, too big.

And we're very familiar with the options; we're all bassists here, and personally own (and gig) several of the electric uprights that we sell.

We have a lot of FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) about basses, including sizing guides, setup help, and more, in our collection of free resources. And, of course, we're here for you -- you can always email or call us to help you narrow down the choices.

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Special IN-STOCK buy: NS Design 4 string CR4M - POPLAR BURL FINISH
Special IN-STOCK buy: NS Design 4 string CR4M - POPLAR BURL FINISH
The highly prized Poplar Burl finish is hard to get a hold of. I have ONE instrument in this finish, so don't dawdle! This beautifully designed bass is crafted in the Czech Republic, and features a full-scale fingerboard with adjustable relief to suit varying players' preferences. Truly pro-grade woods, electronics, and accessories - including options for endpins, straps, and more. Add to Cart to See Special Discounted Price!
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SPECIAL PURCHASE: NS Design 4 string CR OMNI Bass with Free Bow and Rosin
SPECIAL PURCHASE: NS Design 4 string CR OMNI Bass with Free Bow and Rosin
The OMNI Bass (formerly known as the "Bass Cello") from NS Designs is uniquely attractive to players who play mostly electric bass and want a "crossover" instrument. They even make a model with FRETS! Can be played vertically or horizontally, and it's capable of a huge variety of tones. Available in both 4 and 5-string versions. Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap system, and is compatible with all of their stands and strap options.
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Eminence Electric Upright Bass
Eminence Electric Upright Bass
Truly a "Real Bass" -- the Eminence is made side-by-side with full size basses, using the same construction techniques. It also has the right dimensions and playing feel, but with a reduced-size body to make traveling a snap. Plugged in, though, it sounds exactly like a full-sized bass with a pickup on it, making it a viable substitute for toting your big bass...
Choices starting at $2,840.00
NXTa Active Series Electric Upright Bass by NS Design - 4/5 String, Full Size Bass
NXTa Active Series Electric Upright Bass by NS Design - 4/5 String, Full Size Bass
Crafted in Europe (Czech Republic) alongside the high-end CR models, it is a professional-grade instrument, but at a more budget-friendly price point. Now features a new FLASH-RECHARGEABLE buffering preamp circuit to improve tone with all bass amps! Includes gig bag and tripod stand, fully adjusted and ready-to-play!
Choices starting at $1,599.00
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
This is not the "Pace" bass that is a flat-fingerboard toy -- the Dean Pace Contra Bass is their newer, truer, compact upright bass. This one has a properly arched fingerboard (totally bowable!) and true 3/4 scale string length. This is a legitimate option for a budget-friendly portable bass. Even has a headphone jack for silent practice, and a MP3/CD accessory input jack to jam along with your favorite tunes!
$699.00
SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXTa Active Traditional Bass by NS Design
SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXTa Active Traditional Bass by NS Design
Leave it to Gollihur Music to make the NXT a more viable stand-in for a real upright! All the upgrades for "traditional" sound have already been done for you - and we had them finished in a super-cool Gollihur-exclusive color! LIMITED QUANTITIES!
Choices starting at $1,749.00
** SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXT Traditional Bass by NS Design - 4-String (passive)
** SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXT Traditional Bass by NS Design - 4-String (passive)
All the upgrades for "traditional" sound have already been done for you - and it's even in a cool Gollihur-exclusive color! LAST ONE of this legacy passive model (first quality, new in box!)
Clearance Item   $1,609.00  
** SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXT Traditional Bass by NS Design - 5-String (passive)
** SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXT Traditional Bass by NS Design - 5-String (passive)
All the upgrades for "traditional" sound have already been done for you - and it's even in a cool Gollihur-exclusive color! LIMITED QUANTITIES - the last 5-string Traditionals made!
Clearance Item   $1,759.00  
CR/M Electric Upright Bass by NS Design - CR4M & CR5M, 4/5 String Full Size
CR/M Electric Upright Bass by NS Design - CR4M & CR5M, 4/5 String Full Size
This beautifully designed bass is crafted in the Czech Republic, and features a full-scale fingerboard with adjustable relief to suit varying players' preferences. Truly pro-grade woods, electronics, and accessories - including options for endpins, straps, and more. Available in 4 and 5 String versions. Special discounted pricing available!
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NXTa ACTIVE Omni Bass by NS Design - 4/5 String Short-Scale Electric Upright Bass
NXTa ACTIVE Omni Bass by NS Design - 4/5 String Short-Scale Electric Upright Bass
The Omni Bass, which was once called the "Bass Cello" (because of its shorter scale, while tuned as a bass) is also available in the lower cost -- but still pro-grade -- NXT line. This updated model now includes a FLASH-RECHARGEABLE Active Buffer circuit, which negates the need for an external preamp! Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap, compatible with other stands and straps. Available with 4 or 5 strings.
Choices starting at $1,699.00
OMNI Bass by NS Design (CR Series) - Compact Electric Upright Bass, 4/5 string
OMNI Bass by NS Design (CR Series) - Compact Electric Upright Bass, 4/5 string
The OMNI Bass (formerly known as the "Bass Cello") from NS Designs is uniquely attractive to players who play mostly electric bass and want a "crossover" instrument. They even make a model with FRETS! Can be played vertically or horizontally, and it's capable of a huge variety of tones. Available in both 4 and 5-string versions. Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap system, and is compatible with all of their stands and strap options.
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NS Design WAV 2016 Electric Upright Bass - 4 and 5 string models
NS Design WAV 2016 Electric Upright Bass - 4 and 5 string models
The WAV Bass is BACK! This "budget" series of the NS Basses shares the essential design features of original CR Series and NXT, but is made in India to cut costs -- but the quality is still up to Ned Steinberger's high standards.
Choices starting at $999.00
Czech-Ease Portable Basses by David Gage
Czech-Ease Portable Basses by David Gage
The real experience of playing a full-sized bass with an edge in portability. The Czech-Easeā„¢ has a reduced-size body for the perfect compromise; a travel bass that still has a big sound. Aside from a reduction in body size, the Czech-Ease is, in every other respect, a beautifully crafted, traditional 3/4-sized acoustic bass that's made in Europe. Fully set up by the David Gage team before shipment, and special travel cases are available (it comes with a gig bag). Laminated, Hybrid, and Carved models available.
Choices starting at $3,479.00
Gold Tone Micro Bass - 23 and 25 inch scale Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar
Gold Tone Micro Bass - 23 and 25 inch scale Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar
Slightly larger than other "uke" based instruments, this is my new favorite "mini-bass." The longer (23" or 25") scale of the Gold Tone Micro Bass is much easier to play -- especially with my "sausage fingers" -- and the larger, round-back design provides a bit more acoustic sound than the smaller instruments. Includes a really nice deluxe padded gig bag!
Choices starting at $393.50
Lightweight Plastic Travel Case for NS Design Bass Instruments
Lightweight Plastic Travel Case for NS Design Bass Instruments
This item is made in USA!We searched high and low for an affordable mid-duty case for the NS Design Bass lineup -- something more durable than an ATA case, but more protective than the padded gig bag. Here's our answer; a wheeled, roto-molded plastic case which holds the bass and stand -- in its gig bag -- and provides more confident protection for gigging or travel!
$179.00
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