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Published on Nov 22, 2016
Maestro Fabio Serafini plays
Small body 3/4 double bass
Various luthiers around the world have been trying for years to find solutions for building »less bulky« double basses without giving up any bit of its characteristic sound. Although the size issue seemed to have been overcome with the first electric upright basses, sound continued to be a problem. An EUB often sounds like a fretless bass, but nothing like a double bass. Through my own research, I have come to the following solution: The sound box is built using the same criteria as those for a traditional double bass, but smaller in size. Since a smaller sound box does not allow the instrument to produce a strong acoustic sound, once the sound is amplified, its quality matches that of a double bass, even when played with a bow.
I play the double-bass myself, in addition to being a luthier, and therefore I find it easier to have the instrument amplified without incurring resonance problems.
top: spruce valdifiemme back and sides: flammed maple neck: flammed maple fingerboard: ebony scale length: 102/104cm total length: 153cm max width: 38cm sides high: 12cm
I have made a foldable shoulder to fit the instrument in a smaller case, while allowing the bass to comfortably lean into the player’s body. The neck can be easily removed. The sound post is fixed in a way not to fall off when the instrument is disassembled and can be regulated with a hex key.