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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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Velvet Garbo Double Bass Strings
Velvet Garbo Double Bass Strings
The Garbos have a thicker overall diameter and a big, dark sound. With tons of punch, they're great for jazz pizz players, as they can often "hold their own" with a drum set! Featuring Velvet's balanced tension, where each string has the same exact tension at pitch for smooth transition from string to string.
    Extended Strings Available: 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 $281.00
D'Addario Helicore Orchestra 1/8 and 1/10 Scale Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore Orchestra 1/8 and 1/10 Scale Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A step-up student string, this set is designed for the player who primarily plays arco (with a bow). Played pizzicato (plucked), they have a warm and dark fundamental tone with a short sustain and quick decay.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $133.00
D'Addario Prelude 1/8 scale Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Prelude 1/8 scale Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - D'Addario's classic Prelude strings, with flexibility and lighter tension - and an affordable price tag - are aimed at students and younger players who value quality strings on a smaller budget. Stranded steel cores provide nice flexibility, and the tone is pretty middle-of-the-road, making them fit fairly well into a variety of genres and styles. Suitable for arco and pizz.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $79.00
Pirastro Chorda Gut Upright Bass Strings, Chorda Carlos Henriquez Strings
Pirastro Chorda Gut Upright Bass Strings, Chorda Carlos Henriquez Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - Traditional gut strings with plain gut D and G and silver-plated copper wire-wound A and E strings. Great pizz tone, with a very nice feel! The Carlos Henriquez set is a specially-balanced low-tension set with 50s-60s specs - hard to get!
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $592.00
String Set: Pirastro Chromcor Upright Bass Strings
String Set: Pirastro Chromcor Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A solid steel core wound with chrome steel gives these strings excellent stability and a bright tone.
Clearance Item   $198.00  
Pirastro Flat-Chromesteel Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Flat-Chromesteel Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - These ropecore strings have a very clear and brilliant sound, making them project more than other strings; a little more precision is required to bow well, but worth the effort, especially for solo material. Also not bad for contemporary pizz!
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $256.00
Pirastro Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A popular arco string with a quick response, and a typical warm orchestral sound with a short sustain. Excellent all-around orchestral string.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $235.00
Pirastro Original Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Original Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - This rope-core string is reportedly outstanding for arco, as it can withstand a powerful and heavy bowing arm. It has a brilliant sound with a short sustain, with great projection and "big tone volume."
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $314.99
Pirastro Permanent Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Permanent Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - These stable, rope-core strings are particularly suited for arco and solo playing.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $235.00
Super-Sensitive Red Label Upright Bass Strings
Super-Sensitive Red Label Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A classic low-cost student string. Has a solid core, and is economical and durable. Available in 3/4, 1/2, and 1/4 size.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $85.00
Super-Sensitive Sensicore Upright Bass Strings
Super-Sensitive Sensicore Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A Perlon core gives these strings a gut-like vibe and feel. Excellent for pizzicato styles were an "old-timey" sound is preferred; great for old jazz and bluegrass.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $144.00
Thomastik Precision (aka Präzision) Upright Bass Strings
Thomastik Precision (aka Präzision) Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - An all-around, low-cost, long-life string. Solid core string with steel wrapping makes for a hard/tense feel, and a fairly bright tone.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $179.00
Kolstein Deluxe Adjustable Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece (3/4 size)
Kolstein Deluxe Adjustable Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece (3/4 size)
This item is made in USA!The Kolstein TP-2 is an "Adjustable harmonic" seasoned ebony tailpiece. Allows you to adjust each string for precise intonation...
$215.00
Ebony Upright Bass Tailpieces (4-string, 5-string, Compensated)
Ebony Upright Bass Tailpieces (4-string, 5-string, Compensated)
Beautiful ebony tailpieces - a worthy upgrade or replacement for any upright bass. Now available in 5-string, as well as a fancy compensated model...
Choices starting at $62.00
Jatoba Tailpiece for Upright Bass
Jatoba Tailpiece for Upright Bass
This item is made in USA!These Jatoba (hardwood) tailpieces are made by Engelhardt for their EM-1 model 3/4 size basses...
$51.00
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