Wait, you named the bass "Ed?" Why yes, we did.
Our Estle Louis bass lineup has been doing very well, though rockabilly and psychobilly players have been asking for a similar bass for them. So we put a complete, no fuss, ready-to-play package built around the perfect bass for more contemporary styles.
We've named our line of basses Estle Louis (pronounced ESS-tull LEW-iss), but what you might not know is that Bob chose that name as a tribute to his father. And it wasn't just because of their joint efforts to acquire and bring his first URB back to life; it was his strength of will, and many life lessons that still resonate with Bob -- and with me, as his proud grandson.
Bob's '41 Kay was a filthy basement rescue, the body only, stripped of every piece including the fingerboard. The ugly icing on the cake was the multicolor paint job; it was formerly used as a magician's prop. Together, Bob and his Dad brought that bass back to life, learning along the way. Fifty years later, Bob is still gigging it.
So, why "Ed?"
Here's the thing. If he were still around, my grandpop would get a nice chuckle out of the fact that we have our fancy, shiny... "pretty" basses adorned with his name. He'd get an even bigger laugh hearing folks occasionally mispronouncing his name, typically with a French accent. He was hardly a hoity-toity guy whose name would have an accent and a silent "s." Grandpa was a hardscrabble, WWII Navy veteran, with a basement workshop, who worked with his hands and believed he could do -- and fix -- anything. I can still hear him saying, "If a man made it, another man can fix it!" He was a guy with rough hands, and a firm handshake -- and a real mischievous twinkle in his eye. I have a coffee table in my living room that he built for me, and it's so solid that my daughter dances on it.
Oh, and nobody actually called him Estle, he was "Ed" to everyone except, on occasion, Grandma.
So this bass, with its rockabilly attitude and unorthodox style, couldn't possibly be an "Estle Louis," even though it's an extension of that bass lineup.
So, with that out of the way, check out all that you get from this package:
- 3/4 size Estle Louis Laminated Bass in Gloss Black finish
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Reinforced side edging for durability
- Inlaid purfling in aged white "pinstripe" style (not paint)
- Adjustable Bridge
- Quality Hardware
- Includes Full Setup (ready-to-play)
- Strung with Evah Pirazzi Slap Strings - Full Synthetic Set (regular price $227.99)
- Shadow Rockabilly Pickup/Preamp Preinstalled (regular price $319.99)
- Gollihur Bass Bag INCLUDED (regular price $159)
- FREE (Optional) Personalized tattoo* for the neck heel
* See the photo; the "EL" tattoo on the back of the neck heel is optional (you install it, very easily, if you want it) and we can custom cut one with YOUR initials if you prefer. Just let us know when you order what initials you'd like and we'll make it happen!
It's kind of amazing what you get in this package; that's almost $700 in accessories alone. And you also get a BASS in that price, with an adjustable bridge and ebony fittings. And it's fully set up (most luthiers charge well over $100 for a basic setup.) So when you take delivery of your new "Ed" bass package, it's ready to play right out of the box.
I like it, but I don't play Rockabilly...
Now, yes - this bass has a very distinctive look, but sonically, it can be used for any style of music. The pickup is designed to capture the percussive "click" of slapstyle play, but you can mute the neck ("clicky") pickup and play straightforward bluegrass, rock and roll, gospel, jazz, and more.
Don't want the Evah Pirazzi Slap strings?
We can have any string we carry installed on your bass if you like (with an adjustment in total cost, of course). We can also quote the bass without the pickup and or bass bag, if you already have one (or don't need one) -- please contact us with any special substitution requests before ordering.
What is a "setup?"
Many basses purchased elsewhere come with a "factory set up", which means that while the strings and bridge have been installed, the bass has not been optimized for the player. Bridge and nut heights are often high, and those components, and the fingerboard, may require some work to make the bass truly playable for that particular bassist. Our "Ed" bass, as detailed above, comes fully optimized with comfortable action - ready to play as soon as it arrives! Our luthier partners carefully examine each instrument, and do all the setup work, so we can be certain that everyone gets the high-quality bass they expect and deserve. This setup service includes:
- Planing the fingerboard (carving the appropriate "relief" into the board) for low action
- Fitting a quality maple adjustable bridge
- Shaping the nut for left-hand ease of play
- Ensuring optimum soundpost placement
- Playing each instrument to ensure maximum playability and sound
Where are they manufactured?
Our basses are made in a true musical instrument manufacturing facility in China. I emphasize the type of facility for a reason, because there are scores of "you spec it, we make it" factories in Asia (and that's where those $400 eBay basses come from). The basses are fully inspected and set up in the USA.
There is an understandable hesitation from some people to buy a bass made in China, but I just ask you to consider this: some people can be amazing craftsmen, and some people can make junk - but the soil they happen to be standing on as they do it doesn't necessarily have to be a contributing factor. The important thing to be aware of with foreign factories in any country is to ensure that you're dealing with a company with a reputation for excellent, consistent quality. The Estle Louis basses are truly wonderful basses, even before you factor in the great price. As you might expect from us (if you've shopped with us before), these basses are made by a reputable maker with very high quality control. If they weren't we would not put our name on them OR offer a 10 day trial period.
Why aren't they full size?
You'll find 3/4 to be the normal bass size; 4/4 is pretty unusual! See my FAQ on Bass Sizes, along with all the other Upright Bass FAQs we offer, under RESOURCES in the menu above.
Special Return Policy
To exhibit our confidence in these basses we will allow a ten day trial period (from receipt of bass) during which you may return the bass no questions asked. Contact us first; buyer is responsible for shipping both ways, and the bass must be in like new condition.
Basses are too large for regular UPS and FedEx delivery services, so they are shipped by freight truck. Sorry, I cannot ship these basses outside of the US and Canada at this time. Our costs for shipping a bass in the continental USA usually range between $250-$350, depending on location.
However, we ship these basses FREE in the continental USA. So you don't have to worry about it!
Basses are almost always IN STOCK and normally are shipped within 3-10 business days of order processing.