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Carved and Laminated URBs

Buying an upright bass online doesn't have to be stressful.

Should I buy a laminated bass or a fully carved one? What's the difference? Do I want a 3/4 size bass, or something else? How can I feel confident buying a bass without putting my hands on it first?

These are reasonable questions. And yes, it's easy to get burned on the Internet - there are a lot of "stores" selling cheap basses that are barely worth their weight in firewood. It's why we carry only a few select brands, and specialize in instruments that are primarily for entry-level and intermediate players -- we leave the truly "high-end" instruments to dealers and luthiers where you can audition your new high-end bass in person. But if you're looking for a reasonably-priced, gig-worthy instrument that you'll be proud to own years from now, we can help you find it.

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Innovation Honey - 90140H Solid Core Medium Tension Strings
Innovation Honey - 90140H Solid Core Medium Tension Strings
With their solid nylon core, Innovation Honey Strings are often compared to wound gut strings, tonally - with a decidedly "stiffer" feel. These achieve the old-timey sound with a steel string's feel and tension, and can be bowed pretty well, too. Can't afford (or justify) gut strings? These may be among the closest substitutes.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Innovation Ultra Blacks - 140UB (UltraBlack) Med/High Tension Strings
Innovation Ultra Blacks - 140UB (UltraBlack) Med/High Tension Strings
Innovation UB (Ultra-Black) Double Bass Strings are named for their distinctive "Ultra Black" nylon flatwound outer winding; they work well for a player seeking a fuller, dark-sounding string with a stronger tension for heavier-handed playing. They work really well for traditional jazz and other styles; not so great for bowing, due to the flat, smooth nylon finish. The "Rockabilly" set from Innovation is basically this string in a "light" version.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Jargar Upright Bass Strings
Jargar Upright Bass Strings
Jargar bass strings are handmade in Denmark; they are a steel string with a decidedly non-metallic tone - darker, almost gut-like, with an "easy-on-the-hands" feel. They have sort of a "gut-like" top end, with their shorter sustain, thuddier attack, and warm tone. They're also good under the bow; relatively easy to bow without scratchiness, and a big, dark arco sound. Available in Medium, Forte (Heavy) and Dolce (Light), with extended-range strings available.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $131.00
Kolstein Heritage Upright Bass Strings
Kolstein Heritage Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!The Heritage strings are a synthetic string designed by Kolstein Music to offer the feel and tension of gut strings but deliver the sound of orchestral or jazz strings. They work well under the bow, as well as pizz, and have the ability to blend into a large variety of genres with a sound that suits lots of different situations.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Temporarily Unavailable   Choices starting at $159.00
LaBella Supernil Upright Bass Strings
LaBella Supernil Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!A popular string set in the bluegrass world for decades, these unusual strings have a big and fat, boomy sound, which can be a thumper's delight. The somewhat strangely textured solid D and G strings are their most instantly recognizable trait, which some people love (and some people don't). But you can't really argue the affordability of this ubiquitous set!
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $89.00
LaBella 7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!The fairly common construction of a stranded steel ropewound core and a chromesteel flatwound outer winding gets the LaBella treatment. These strings, which are equally good for bowing and pizz, are affordable and quite playable, with light-ish tension and a nice growl. It's a great inoffensive crossover string, meaning that it can fit into many different genres. And it's available in medium, light, and extra light/solo gauges.
    Extended Strings Available: SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string Weich (light) Strings Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $148.00
LaBella 7710N BLACK Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7710N BLACK Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!These strings are a favorite of jazz bassist Ron Carter, who helped develop them, and are pretty popular for that reason (among others). They are metal rope core strings, surrounded by a black nylon wrap. Deep, defined tone without brashness works great for old school and modern jazz sounds, and also fits in well with most other traditional pizz genres. Rather lousy under the bow for most players, though you can make them work with the right rosin (and some other tricks.) Also available specifically sized for Ampeg Baby Basses (and clones).
    Extended Strings Available: High C String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $148.00
LaBella 7710T WHITE Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7710T WHITE Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!This new version of the "Ron Carter" tape-wound strings has a bit more brightness and clarity than the original 7710N strings - and features a smoother finish, to boot. They are metal rope core strings, surrounded by a clear nylon wrap, which gives them a milky-white appearance. Not at all good for arco styles. Also available in a specially sized version for Baby Bass (and clones).
    Extended Strings Available: High C String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $148.00
Lenzner Gut Upright Bass Strings
Lenzner Gut Upright Bass Strings
For well over a decade we've carried these wonderful genuine gut strings. Made in Germany of real gut, using the classic traditional methods, these Lenzner strings will not disappoint. You have options: choose from all plain gut, or sets with wound E and/or A strings for a more uniform gauge and sound. All strings are available separately, too - so if you favor matching a couple of guts with a couple of steels, go at it! And we carefully rotate our stock so no one gets "old" strings.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $352.00
String Sets: NS Electric Traditional for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610
String Sets: NS Electric Traditional for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610
This item is made in USA! The NS Electric strings are made by D'Addario and designed specifically to fit the NS Design Basses (CR4M, CR5M, NXT and WAV4). The "Traditional" set differs from the "Contemporary" set (which is provided on the bass from the factory) in that it is actually a shortened set of Helicore upright strings; they provide a more "traditional" upright tone, since they have the increased depth and damping that is used on orchestral-style strings. This set gives the solid-body EUB a more "authentic" sort of tonal vibe, with darker tone, less detail, and shorter sustain -- and greatly improves arco play.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Choices starting at $118.00
String Sets: NS Electric Contemporary Electric Upright Basses NSFW610
String Sets: NS Electric Contemporary Electric Upright Basses NSFW610
This item is made in USA!The NS Electric strings are made by D'Addario and designed specifically to fit the NS Design Basses (CR4M, CR5M, NXT and WAV4). The "Contemporary" set supports Ned Steinberger's goal to make the basses a true "crossover" instrument, with more of the bright, detailed tone that can provide that singing "mwah" tone. They also have a lighter feel, making them comfortable to play for those transitioning from electric bass guitar. These are provided as the OEM strings on the basses when bought new.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Choices starting at $118.00
GHS 'Crossovers' String Set for the NS Design Basses
GHS 'Crossovers' String Set for the NS Design Basses
These new strings have been specially designed, with input and assistance from Gollihur Music, to be a new option for the NS Design Basses - sort of a "modern traditional" hybrid string. They feature a percussive attack, a solid, tight fundamental tone, reduction of upper harmonics or "brightness" and sustain, and a slightly heavier gauge and tension as compared to the Contemporary (stock) strings. 4 and 5-string sets are available.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string
Choices starting at $55.00
String Sets: NS Electric NS710 for Electric Upright OMNI Bass (aka Bass Cello)
String Sets: NS Electric NS710 for Electric Upright OMNI Bass (aka Bass Cello)
This item is made in USA!The NS Electric strings have a 34" scale and are designed for use with the Omni basses from NS Design, and can also be used on many electric basses for a warmer sound. They lean a bit towards an upright-style string, but still have a contemporary "edge: to their tone, making them quite versatile. These are the same strings that are provided on the bass from the factory.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string 5ths Tuning String Set Available for this string
Choices starting at $102.00
GHS Precision Flatwound String Set for Electric Upright OMNI Bass
GHS Precision Flatwound String Set for Electric Upright OMNI Bass
This item is made in USA!After testing a lot of different strings for the Omni Bass, we discovered these strings by GHS. They have a darker sound and a flatwound profile, and are an affordable alternative to the OEM Omni Bass set, with a similar pizz tone - and (for us, at least) better bowability! Nice, flexible feel with full-bodied tone (but not too much brightness, which makes the bass sound "electric.")
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string
Choices starting at $32.00
Pirastro Eudoxa Wound Gut Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Eudoxa Wound Gut Upright Bass Strings
Popular among jazz players who want a little more brightness and a smoother bowing surface, but with a traditional natural gut feel and vibe. Real gut strings, wound in silver flatwound tape for a great feel and durability. A little more pizz character than the similar Oliv strings, which instead have a chrome-steel winding.
    Extended Strings Available: High C String Available for this string by special order
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
$766.99
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