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Upright Basses & EUB's: Electric Upright Basses

Electric Upright Basses

Which bass is best? That depends...

Electric Upright Basses come in many shapes and sizes. Which one is going to be the best choice for you depends on what you're asking of the bass. For instance, Eminence and Gage Czech-Ease basses seek to provide an authentic double-bass experience in a smaller package, while NS Design provides a range of instruments which are a purposeful crossover between the worlds of electric and upright bass.

If you want an instrument that doesn't have the giant footprint (and the need for a larger car) that comes with a "real" upright, consider the Eminence; it's a "real" upright bass - it even has a functional sound post and bass bar - with a much smaller body, so it has the tone, but not the volume, of the real thing. The Czech-Ease is even less of a compromise, volume-wise - its fuller body gives a bigger acoustic tone, but it's not quite as portable, though it is still considerably more so than a 3/4 size bass.

And then, of course, there are the solid body options from NS Design, which "bridge the gap"; they have an authentic scale and fingerboard profile, yet provide a more "electric" tonal color and a modern design aesthetic. They can provide a "close enough" sort of tone with some minor tweaks, but they are designed as more of a "hybrid" between acoustic and electric basses. Same with the Dean Pace Contra Bass, which is a budget-friendly solid-body EUB.

Finally, we even have the unique U-Basses from Kala, which are ukulele-sized instruments with unusual polyurethane strings that have a startlingly HUGE sound when amplified. Fun to play, useable in many situations where a big bass is, well, too big.

And we're very familiar with the options; we're all bassists here, and personally own (and gig) several of the electric uprights that we sell.

We have a lot of FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) about basses, including sizing guides, setup help, and more, in our collection of free resources. And, of course, we're here for you -- you can always email or call us to help you narrow down the choices.

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Eminence Electric Upright Bass
Eminence Electric Upright Bass
Truly a "Real Bass" -- the Eminence is made side-by-side with full size basses, using the same construction techniques. It also has the right dimensions and playing feel, but with a reduced-size body to make traveling a snap. Plugged in, though, it sounds exactly like a full-sized bass with a pickup on it, making it a viable substitute for toting your big bass...
Choices starting at $2,840.00
NS Design Electric Upright Basses - 4/5 String, Full Size Bass (WAV, NXT, CR)
NS Design Electric Upright Basses - 4/5 String, Full Size Bass (WAV, NXT, CR)
NS Design electric upright basses have been made and refined for decades, and are in the hands of famous (and not-so-famous) players all over the globe. Beautifully crafted, with a distinctive shape that is instantly recognizable, Includes gig bag and tripod stand, and arrives fully adjusted and ready-to-play! Compare (and order) the WAV, NXTa, and CR models - all on one page.
Choices starting at $999.00
SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXTa Active Traditional Bass by NS Design
SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXTa Active Traditional Bass by NS Design
Leave it to Gollihur Music to make the NXT a more viable stand-in for a real upright! All the upgrades for "traditional" sound have already been done for you - and we had them finished in a super-cool Gollihur-exclusive color! LIMITED QUANTITIES!
Choices starting at $1,749.00
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
This is not the "Pace" bass that is a flat-fingerboard toy -- the Dean Pace Contra Bass is their newer, truer, compact upright bass. This one has a properly arched fingerboard (totally bowable!) and true 3/4 scale string length. This is a legitimate option for a budget-friendly portable bass. Even has a headphone jack for silent practice, and a MP3/CD accessory input jack to jam along with your favorite tunes!
$729.00
NXTa ACTIVE Omni Bass by NS Design - 4/5 String Short-Scale Electric Upright Bass
NXTa ACTIVE Omni Bass by NS Design - 4/5 String Short-Scale Electric Upright Bass
The Omni Bass, which was once called the "Bass Cello" (because of its shorter scale, while tuned as a bass) is also available in the lower cost -- but still pro-grade -- NXT line. This updated model now includes a FLASH-RECHARGEABLE Active Buffer circuit, which negates the need for an external preamp! Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap, compatible with other stands and straps. Available with 4 or 5 strings.
Choices starting at $1,699.00
WAV Series Omni Bass by NS Design - Compact Electric Upright Bass
WAV Series Omni Bass by NS Design - Compact Electric Upright Bass
The short-scale OmniBass is now available in the WAV series, bringing this unique and portable upright bass instrument into a whole new price class. Beautifully crafted, professional grade. Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap, compatible with other stands and straps. Available with 4 or 5 strings.
Choices starting at $899.00
OMNI Bass by NS Design (CR Series) - Compact Electric Upright Bass, 4/5 string
OMNI Bass by NS Design (CR Series) - Compact Electric Upright Bass, 4/5 string
The OMNI Bass (formerly known as the "Bass Cello") from NS Designs is uniquely attractive to players who play mostly electric bass and want a "crossover" instrument. They even make a model with FRETS! Can be played vertically or horizontally, and it's capable of a huge variety of tones. Available in both 4 and 5-string versions. Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap system, and is compatible with all of their stands and strap options.
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Czech-Ease Portable Basses by David Gage
Czech-Ease Portable Basses by David Gage
The real experience of playing a full-sized bass with an edge in portability. The Czech-Easeā„¢ has a reduced-size body for the perfect compromise; a travel bass that still has a big sound. Aside from a reduction in body size, the Czech-Ease is, in every other respect, a beautifully crafted, traditional 3/4-sized acoustic bass that's made in Europe. Fully set up by the David Gage team before shipment, and special travel cases are available (it comes with a gig bag). Laminated, Hybrid, and Carved models available.
Choices starting at $3,999.00
Gold Tone Micro Bass - 23 and 25 inch scale Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar
Gold Tone Micro Bass - 23 and 25 inch scale Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar
Slightly larger than other "uke" based instruments, this is my new favorite "mini-bass." The longer (23" or 25") scale of the Gold Tone Micro Bass is much easier to play -- especially with my "sausage fingers" -- and the larger, round-back design provides a bit more acoustic sound than the smaller instruments. Includes a really nice deluxe padded gig bag!
Choices starting at $393.50
Lightweight Plastic Travel Case for NS Design Bass Instruments
Lightweight Plastic Travel Case for NS Design Bass Instruments
This item is made in USA!We searched high and low for an affordable mid-duty case for the NS Design Bass lineup -- something that isn't as massive and bulky as an ATA case, but more protective than the padded gig bag. Here's our answer; a wheeled, roto-molded plastic case which holds the bass and stand -- in its gig bag -- and provides more confident protection for gigging or travel!
$179.00
ATA Flight Case for NS Design Basses
ATA Flight Case for NS Design Basses
Are you traveling by air/train/trailer with your NS Bass? The gig bag just ain't going to cut it. A flight case is a necessity for keeping your axe in one playable piece, and Gollihur Music has had this one custom-made just for players like you. Suitable for NS Design NXT, WAV4, CR and EU model basses, it accommodates the bass, stand, and gig bag in ATA-style protection. Heavy-duty hardware and plywood frame ensure safe travel for your precious instrument.
$439.00
Travel Case and Gig Bag for Eminence Basses
Travel Case and Gig Bag for Eminence Basses
Got an Eminence already? We've got your accessories. The OEM deluxe padded gig bag (for all models) and plastic travel case (for the Removable Neck model only) are available as separate items; you can get them here. Planning on buying an Eminence? Ask about a very special discount on the travel case when purchased with the bass!
Choices starting at $129.00
Electric Upright Basses: Which One? (A 'Buyer's Guide')
Electric Upright Basses: Which One? (A 'Buyer's Guide')
We have a few different options for Electric Upright Basses (EUBs), and this short buyer's guide will help you break down the differences that may matter to you, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
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** NS Design NXT OMNI BASS 4 String: Black
** NS Design NXT OMNI BASS 4 String: Black
You can afford NS Design quality! This brand new NXT Omni Bass includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap, compatible with other stands and straps. This is the outgoing PASSIVE model, but is A-stock, brand new in box, with full factory warranty. DISCOUNTED!
Clearance Item   $1,349.00  
** NS Design NXT OMNI BASS 5 String: Black
** NS Design NXT OMNI BASS 5 String: Black
You can afford NS Design quality! This brand new NXT Omni Bass includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap, compatible with other stands and straps. This is the outgoing PASSIVE model, but is A-stock, brand new in box, with full factory warranty. DISCOUNTED!
Clearance Item   $1,539.00  
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