Can be used WITH or WITHOUT your bag on the bass! (we prefer WITH)
The Bass Buggie is an alternative to a regular bass wheel (or bass case with wheels) that allows you to roll your bass around with an ease similar to that of pushing a hand truck. With large (6") diameter, dual "rollerblade" style wheels, the Bass Buggie rolls very smoothly and is easy to control. You can even use the Bass Buggie with or without your bass bag on your bass.
The Bass Buggie Cushion (available together with the Buggie or separately) adds a padded cushion to the platform of your Bass Buggie, absorbing the shock of particularly rough terrain (or protecting the bass edges from the plastic platform.)
How's it work? The loop on one end has a ring which goes around your endpin. You then rest your bass lower bout on the buggie, and wrap the strap up around the side of the bass. At the top of the strap, a bungie-cord lasso easily loops around the neck - and viola! Let's roll.
The main image shows the Bass Buggie on a bass without a bag; it works just as easily on a bass inside a gig bag as well! (When used on a bass inside a bag, the bungie lasso simply loops around the neck and back down - it doesn't go under the strings.)
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Can strap onto the bass body with or without a bag.
- Works indoors as well as outdoors!
- Is made of durable high impact molded plastic.
- Overall dimensions are 36cm / 14.2" length and 16cm / 6.3" in diameter (wheels, height & width).
- Inside platform length is 28.5cm / 11.2 inches.
- Weight is 3 lbs., 2 oz.
- Adjusts to any size bass from 1/10 to 4/4.
- Has non-marking durable "rubberized" wheels that are solid but offer a bit of "rebound" and grip
Compared to the previous generation Bass Buggie, these wheels offer a wider contact patch and better maneuverability, especially in gravel, snow, or other difficult terrain.
- Rolls easily and straight on ball-bearing wheels.
- Allows endpin to remain in place while in use.
- Has a flexible body that provides some shock absorption from bumps and rough surfaces.
- Optional Cushion adds additional protection from especially bumpy terrain, or for use with a bass not inside a padded gig bag.
The length of the strap is easily adjustable, so this buggie should be compatible with every bass, from small 1/10 size student basses, all the way up to most 4/4 5-string basses (check the measurements if you have a bass of unusual depth!)
The optional "Buggie Cushion" provides for extra cushioning in very rough terrains, or for when you put your bass on the buggie without the gig bag. It attaches to the Bass Buggie body with heavy-duty velcro, which is included with the cushion.
We have been informed by RC Williams Co., the inventor and manufacturer of the Bass Buggy, that there are counterfeit "Bass Buggy" products being sold elsewhere - most notably at "a large internet retailer." The real - PATENTED - Bass Buggie is made in the USA, and all of ours are sourced DIRECTLY from our friends at RC Williams Co. So If you're thinking about buying one of those to save $1, you're going to have a bad time.
Need to figure out some of the more in-depth features of this product? Here's a copy of the manual, in PDF format, here.
You may wish to visit the manufacturer's website to see if a more recent version is available.
I purchased my bass buggie 3 months ago, and it has save my back. However, a word of warning: NEVER STAND YOUR BASS ON IT AS PICTURED...EVEN FOR A MOMENT. I did this and turned my back for one second and my bass wound up on its back in the parking lot with a broken neck. I don't care what the manufacturer says, this is dangerous. Learn from my mistake and don't do it. Always lay your bass down.
My back is really happy it no longer has to carry a bass up and down a big hill each week for orchestra practice. All the bass players I play with have one of these RC Williams bass buggies. I put some bright tape on mine, so I can easily tell mine from theirs. I don't know why I waited so long to buy one!
I got the bass buggy a little while ago, and it's saved my back from lugging my bass everywhere. The wheels also make it faster to get from place to place. The buggy lives in my car now, so I never forget it. The little pad that comes with it doesn't really like to stay on there, but if you have a padded case, you should be fine.
My bass buggy fits beautifully and is easy to put on. I think it will need a cushion for a 'naked' bass but is perfect with its cover on. Unfortunately due to the English lockdown, all orchestral and band work has been cancelled for months so I still thank you for sending it so quickly - the review is so late because I still cannot use it properly due to lockdown.
Great concept, well made and good value.