You’re not imagining it, this is a much thinner version of the double bass! The electric upright bass (also known as an EUB) is an electronically amplified version of the double bass, but without the size and weight. It has a much slimmer body, allowing more flexibility with where and how the instrument can be played. Players who are familiar with a double bass will have no problem switching over to this instrument, as it retains enough similarity in how it is played and the placement of certain features that it won’t cause any confusion.
There are two kinds of electric upright bass to choose from: solid-body and hollow-body. A solid-body EUB does not have a hollow enclosure, so they produce almost no acoustic sound. Hollow-body EUBs have a wooden enclosure, which allows for an acoustic tone, despite it still being much smaller than the standard double bass. While the characteristics of this instrument are similar to the double bass, it produces its own unique sound, so it’s not really used as a substitution. Some EUBs are bigger in the body than others, especially the upper bouts, which allows players to reach higher pitches. They can be played either standing up or sitting down, and are used in a wide variety of music genres from jazz to rock music. The four-string version is most common, however, they can go up to 8 strings, depending on the style.
We have a wide selection of electric upright bass instruments to choose from, all from reputable brands who have proven themselves in the industry time and time again. From NS Design to Kydd Basses to Dean, every brand in our inventory offers high-quality instruments that you’ll love to play. We know that the range of players varies from students to professional musicians, which is why we only offer the best brands. We know how important the instrument is to the player, and do our best to provide everything you need.
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