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    Is there any way to make electric bass sound more like upright bass?

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    i think herbie flower's/walk on the wildside and all the basslines (richard davis) on van morrison astral weeks are some of the best bass tone ever. almost every bass line i love is on an acoustic upright bass. i realize a lot of that is the player, but the instrument itself sounds real organic and nice. is there any way to at least somewhat simulate those tones on an electric bass? i was thinking flat wounds, tone knob rolled off, and maybe incorporate subtle bends/slides? what about eq? i have a good quality p-bass.

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    Here you go. The Kala u bass. It's fretted though.


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    !!!!

    do they make fretless ones? i guess i could just remove the frets.

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    I think that most of that upright character is in the attack and very short sustain of an upright. I've heard of people using a piece of sponge under the strings near the bridge to simulate that kind of sound, but I tried it and had about zero luck.

    One of the local music shops has one of those Kala bass ukes. The strings are so freaky, they look and feel like some sort of rubber. They're just big, giant black rubbery strings on this little tiny ukulele, it's a weird thing to play. I sure couldn't make it sound like that guy in the video though...kumbaya was about as far as I got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadpui View Post
    I think that most of that upright character is in the attack and very short sustain of an upright. I've heard of people using a piece of sponge under the strings near the bridge to simulate that kind of sound.
    that's a good idea, too, tadpui. i forgot about putting foam under there. i did that in the past and it does dull it a lot and kill sustain. i will try that.

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    I wouldn't remove the frets personally, simply because I wouldn't know where to put my fingers. Those Kala u basses aren't that expensive. I've heard mostly good things about them except, like Tad, some can't get used to the feel of the strings. They've sounded pretty great all the clips I've heard. They make a bunch of different models. Might be on my radar screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robus View Post
    I wouldn't remove the frets personally, simply because I wouldn't know where to put my fingers. Those Kala u basses aren't that expensive. I've heard mostly good things about them except, like Tad, some can't get used to the feel of the strings. They've sounded pretty great all the clips I've heard. They make a bunch of different models. Might be on my radar screen.
    I think i'd just remove the frets and then force myself to practice with more to learn the pitches. it could be good in that sense. i really like the slides and micro pitches on upright bass so i'd want the frets gone, even if it means more work.
    I played one in a shop today, and i haven't been to the shop in like a year, and i told the owner "this thing is so cool i will be back tomorrow to play it more!", so it's so weird that you mention it.

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    I wonder if the rubbery texture of the strings would favor slides.

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    I do have to give props to Kala as a brand though. They're inexpensive little instruments, but they're surprisingly high quality. I bought my wife one of their ukes, and the fit and finish on it is pretty remarkable. The top looks like solid spruce and not laminate, which is surprising. It blows away her baritone uke from Mitchell, which has f'd up frets, even though it looks nice.

    This guy is trying a few things to get a P-bass to sound like an upright. I can't say that he gets close, but at least you can hear him trying a few different things:


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    thanks tadpui i am going to watch that now. how do you like your new preamp?

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