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gypsyjazzer

EUB Question

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Does bowing on the EUB get as good as it gets on the DB ? What are your experiences have you had on bowing on the EUB? If so, for bowing & pizz on the EUB, what strings work for you?

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I heard Geoff Chalmers playing arco on a Yamaha silent bass at the double bass bash, sounded fantastic! I suspect the operator was helping in that department though :)

My Stagg with Spiros doesn't like it at all.

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Definitely +1 for bowing on the Yamaha Silent bass. Sounds great and very smooth. Want one...
I've had two electric uprights. My current Warwick Triumph doesn't like it and my old Van Zalinge wasn't great either.
Also you have to consider the curvature of the bridge. A lot of EUBs have pretty flat bridges like an electric so you'd never be able to bow them. Always worth trying out in the shop with a bow to hand...

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[quote name='stingrayPete1977' timestamp='1483778543' post='3209984']
I heard Geoff Chalmers playing arco on a Yamaha silent bass at the double bass bash, sounded fantastic! I suspect the operator was helping in that department though :)

My Stagg with Spiros doesn't like it at all.
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Some EUBs are better than others in this regard. I remember trying a NS one years back, the model with 2 pickups. One pup sounded great plucked, and the other bowed. Could have done with a dual output and a blend pedal rather than onboard controls.
I found the Stagg rather scratchy, and an older (prob about 15 years or more) Yamaha was massively improved with a Realist. My current Project EUB has a Realist, and it's ok, but I keep experimenting with different seats for the bridge to try and better emulate it sitting on an acoustic soundboard. The harder the body (or bridge seat) material the harder the sound, thus the scratchier the arco tone.

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Thanks for the input guys. The bridge? Never thought about that. Just checked the bridge on my Eminence--hollow body--and the bridge has a good curve. So being a hollow body and a curved bridge things looking good for arco.

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It also massively depends on the pickup. The way the string vibrates under the bow is very different to when it is plucked. Most EUB pickups have pizz in mind and don't respond well with second playing. So far only the SLB200 responds as I'd like it to...

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[quote name='gypsyjazzer' timestamp='1483807428' post='3210286']
Thanks for the input guys. The bridge? Never thought about that. Just checked the bridge on my Eminence--hollow body--and the bridge has a good curve. So being a hollow body and a curved bridge things looking good for arco.
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I'd say you've got a better than a solid body one other than the Yamaha SLB then, good luck :)

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