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Item Reviews for: Stagg Electric 4-String Upright Electric Double Bass with Bag  -  EMD EDB34 LIST

Good enough quality, if a little akward
By: Douglas L from St. Louis, MO      Submitted: 5/2/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? I'm pretty new to upright bass in general. I'm learning how to play in the rockabilly/psychobilly style of slap bass (transitioning from electric bass) However, I am in the Navy and spend a lot of time in tight quarters on a ship, so I wanted something that I could take out with me and practice on. I think that this is probably better suited for a somewhat experienced bass player as opposed to a learner, but I'm making due. One problem is that with no body to lean against, you are holding the entire thing up with your left hand while trying to use your left hand to play the thing. It tires you out pretty quick that way. The build quality is nice and it is definitely an attention getter. The neck/fingerboard is allegedly some kind of wood, but it looks and feels like it is one big piece of plastic or composite material. One major design flaw is the tuners. I imagine that they were meant to give the authentic look of an upright bass scroll - which they do. However, it makes it a complete pain to try and string because the opposing pegheads are just so close together and in each others way. This was doubly frustrating when I installed some synthetic weedwacker slap strings on it. So yes, if you were wondering, you can get weedwackers on it, but you're going to have to doctor up the ends to fit in there and it takes quite a bit of trial and error to make it work. You'll also have to have the bridge filed down to handle them, because otherwise the E will slip out of place even under normal playing, let alone slapping. Another drawback is that with synthetic strings on this bass, the output is reduced dramatically. I probably lost nearly half of my volume after putting the weedwackers on. Also, don't expect the "slap" to carry through the pickup. If that's what you're after, you'll need to install something extra under the fingerboard. I wish there were EQ nobs on the electronics instead of what it has. As it stands, you'll have to do a lot of work to get quality, usable sounds out of it. On-board EQ could have reduced this hassle. Overall, it is a nice tool/toy, but I couldn't imagine it being someone's "main" bass or anything. It serves my purposes well, and often I just use it as a slapstick to work on right hand stuff without even plugging it in or putting headphones on. It's a quality instrument that, with a bit of work, could be worth more than it costs.
This bass is my best friend
By: Sean      Submitted: 6/13/2013

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What is your overall opinion of this product? First, this bass is awesome. I get a lot of compliments on the look of it. I felt ridiculous playing it at first because it is a stick on a pole, but quickly got past that once I played a few shows and heard the feedback from folks who genuinely enjoyed it. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Overall it's built very well. Everything that can break on the gig bag has broken (plastic strap parts, zipper pulls) but they are easy fixes. The bass itself also feels like the tuners are going to fall out. They don't, but they are slanted. I've tried re-tightening them into place but that's just the way they are going to be. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? I would like to adjust the angle of the bridge but it's part of the bass. The best you can do is raise and lower it, but it's not like a traditional upright where you can shave a different shape. This isn't a breaking point for me, as it does not inconvenience playing arco. There is enough of a curve to play comfortably. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? The controls (all 2 of them) are right in front of you the whole time. The knobs feel sturdy and don't make a horribly noise when you move them. The neck feels great, the scale of the bass is spot on. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? I've played this through a few amps and have been able to find a great tone in all of them. 25w 8", 300w 4x10 cab, some expensive 2x12 cab, some other bands backlined amps. I use a boss me-50b with a flat eq, a soft compressor and helicore hybrids and it cuts through the mix with it's higher frequency definition while thumping out low end. This is a high output instrument, so if anything you are constantly trying to stop it from overloading the first item in your chain. Also, the entire bass is a pickup, so any taps or movement can be heard right through your amp. Just be careful with it. I've not heard the floor through it (as in, feedback from things around me). I'm considering a standard upright bridge pickup as a 2nd option for tone so I am not battery dependent. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I went for this because it had the best reviews for 1. what it was and 2. the price. It's not a $1400 bass, but it's also not a POS. It's quite decent and if this is your $700 introduction into upright, you're going to get your value for it. Playability How was the action out of the box? Out of the box it is decently set. It needed a bit of adjustment to get it to where it was near Rufus Reid's bridge dimensions (the E string being further away from the fingerboard than the G string) and the strings the bass comes with are purely pizz. strings. I saved them as backups, but they aren't doing you any favors to keep them on.
Great Sound!
By: waylow7stringplayer from Summerville,GA USA      Submitted: 8/21/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? So Far The Instrument seems to be well made for the price,I am concerned about the neck, it seems to be a plastic or some kind of composite material does not feel nor look like wood, and the spec's dont specify the neck material, Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The sound is good, lite weight and is good for those tight areas on stage,where you have a full band This bass Needs an on/off switch to turn pickups on and off i run down a battery the first practice and had no way to de-activate it unplugging it dont work and turning the controls down does not either General Your general opinion of this product. Bass seems alright, finish is good I will know more about it when I take it on the road for a 3 month gig. I will take an extra axe Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Dark And smooth,pickup is hot, at high volumes could blow a cab. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I got the Transparent Blue and is a fine looking instrument, Not a bright blue as the picture shows,but more of a darker midnight blue.about the same color as my 1985 4003 Ric.
Good bang for the buck
By: Bill von Zangenberg from Palm Harbor, FL      Submitted: 5/20/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? So far, it seems to be very well made. Finish is great. Neck is smooth and easy to handle. If you are an acoustic bass player then this is about as close as you can get to the feel and sound of an acoustic bass. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Easy battery compartment, it takes a 9 volt battery. The add on hardware is easy to screw in (just two pieces of support metal) but I would like to have seen the screws for the support pieces made from metal instead of plastic as the plastic can strip easily if you are not careful. The bass can also be played comfortably without the pieces attached. It is much easier to move than a full size acoustic bass and it does draw attention from people who have never seen one. General Your general opinion of this product. The product is great. I like it and would recommend it again to anyone who wants a bass sound but a more classic bass sound not a bass guitar. This is a more jazz type of sound but my guess would be that a good player can also do other forms of music easily with it. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Tones on this baby can be very low and smooth like a jazz bass, you can also get a more classical bass sound out of it and it has nice highs that sound like an acoustic bass. I think any acoustic bass player would love this instrument especially if you find yourself plucking the strings harder to get more sound. This will give you any tones even with a gentle picking hand so play all night long comfortably. It sounds better than my old Ampeg baby bass that I had years back. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Finish of this bass is great. I bought the sunburst and it is absolutely beautiful. Not a blemish or misalighned part on it.
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