Playing the ELECTRIC UPRIGHT BASS

NS Tony Cimorosi

The Electric Upright Bass (EUB) has been around since the early 1930s originally constructed by Rickenbacker and later by the instrument manufacturer Framus in the early 1960’s  followed by the Ampeg bass.  It’s been called everything from Stick bass, bean pole bass, baby bass to the electric upright bass.  Through the design and engineering efforts of Ned Steinberger the EUB has come to it’s pinnacle of perfection. We musicians would have a difficult time doing what we do if we didn’t have people like Ned building  instruments for us and always searching for new ways for improving upon old ideas  exploring uncharted areas of designing instruments and specifically. the electric upright bass. 

  So,  I’m starting this Blog for those bassist that play or have an interest in playing and ELECTRIC UPRIGHT BASS.  Lets hear about their experience’s performing, traveling and adjusting to their EUB. As you must know, mine is N.S. cr4 made by Ned Seinberger. 

So please share your question and experiences, pros and cons about EUBs.  Thanks

  1. Arturo BaguerArturo Baguer09-03-2013

    Given the current nightmarish flying conditions it’s a godsend to have EUBs as a viable alternative. They have their own voice and you can coax modern or traditional sounds out of them. I prefer the more trad ones that don’t sit on a tripod but that’s just me.

  2. hello Arturo,
    Yes indeed the airport, buses and train travel nightmare for us bassist can be very stressful. Thanks to some great craftsmen out there for constructing an instrument that has great tone and is user friendly for the most part. Recently, I did a tour in Japan with a friend from my days of living in NYC. Takeshi Yamaguchi (guitarist) and Sachiyo Masuda. First; the flight case for my NS is perfect because it just makes it under the height and weight so, no extra charge and since I use AMEX my bags were free. After arriving at Osaka Airport (beautiful) I used the canvas NS case for easy transportation to and from concerts and club gigs. This was very helpful since we covered 6 cities including: Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Kyoto, Matsuyama and Fukuoka. I can understand you not wanting the stand for the bass. i have my issues with it too but the sound, ease of playing and beauty of my NS out weighs the bulky stand. What I do is, put the stand in my luggage and carry the bas on the plane then put it in the overhead. Tell me more about your’s I think other bassist would love to hear your point of view.

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