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.
- Can allow the bass to stand upright momentarily (as to get through a doorway).
- 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 roller-blade style wheels.
Note: Wheels were updated/improved in September 2018 with 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.
- Optional Cushion adds additional protection from bumpy terrain.
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.
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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.
Got my bass buggy on Sunday and I love it. It was so helpful that you provided your custom made instructions. I have had nothing but positive experiences dealing with your shop. You do a great job!
I have used it going on 2 years and it has saved my back! I play a lot of outdoor festivals where there is a lot of walking over different terrains. It wheels over everything. Thank you!
I just want to let you folks know that the Bass Buggie arrived safely, and that I am tremendously pleased with it!! I’ve used it already several times and it has made moving the instrument so much easier. I can actually move it safely with one hand, leaving the other hand free for carrying other things.
Hi Mark, Got your "Tips" letter today on how to care for my new bass bag (which arrived yesterday). I've always been pleased with the special attention you give customers, like these tips, and I wanted to let you know it is appreciated. Thanks! You might want to add to that first paragraph, "But the very best way to 'carry' your bass is with a Bass Buggie." I purchased one from you back in 2012 and absolutely love it. Use it all the time. I get a lot of positive inquiries about it. When I do, I direct them to your web site. The only 'negative' comments I get are directed at me ... "You too old to lift that thing?" To which I reply, "With age comes wisdom." Thanks again for your great service!
I have two basses and had bought a wheel for one, but it wasn't compatible with the other. Since I exchange basses periodically, I decided to try the 'bass buggy'. I practiced once indoors and then the next day I had a recital. The weather was COLD and a big snow had recently fallen, so the plowed parking lots were sketchy at best. I was able to put on the BB in the dark and get my bass safely to the event, maneuvering over ice patches, curbs, the whole nine yards.
I love my bass buggy... I've been playing upright bass for over 20 years now. I bought the bass buggy 3 years ago. It is the best accessory for upright bass after a padded gig bag. Every upright bass player should own one. Every word there is true. I wish I'd found it sooner! It's saved my back and made getting to church, gigs and rehearsals so much easier.