THE EU Electric Upright Bass
OUR FLAGSHIP DOUBLE BASS, the EU Series is made in the Czech Republic to the exact specifications of the original US Series instrument. The revolutionary design is molded with concentric laminations of graphite and rock maple that run the entire length of the instrument for maximum sonic integrity. The back of the neck is curved inward to follow the arch of the graphite fingerboard, resulting in a slim, easy to play neck with full access to the upper register.
The Polar™ Pickup System, with its ability to respond to lateral and vertical vibration separately or both at once, is uniquely suited to an instrument that is both bowed and plucked. A fabulous bowed response and drum like pizzicato attack are characteristic of the lateral mode, while the sustained pizz. response of the vertical mode creates a new dimension for the upright bass. Magnetic pickups by EMG™ add a smooth option to the sound pallet. With active EQ and full control of pickup selection, the sonic options are virtually unlimited.
Available in 5 and 6 stringed models, the EU Series Double Bass, designed by Ned Steinberger, is in a class of its own, offering the bassist unparalleled performance and tonal quality.
MAPLE/GRAPHITE LAMINATE: The body and neck employ a unique laminating process combining 27 alternate thin layers of maple (for the feel and warmth of wood), and graphite fibers (for brilliance, consistent sustain, and stability) adhered in an epoxy matrix. The result: remarkable strength & tonal brilliance.
CONCENTRIC NECK, BODY, AND PEGHEAD: The back of the neck is curved inward to follow the arch of the fingerboard, creating a broad recess for the thumb that gives the neck a slim, fast feel for its entire length and ensures structural integrity from neck to body.
PICKUPS: The unique Polar pickup, a bridge-mounted piezo pickup system, senses both lateral and/or vertical string vibration. In the lateral or arco mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity with the direction of the bow. In the vertical or pizzicato mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. The low-impedance EMG magnetic pickups incorporate individually adjustable coils and neodymium magnets, giving the player a more diverse sonic palette.
ACTIVE EQ AND MIXER: Controls include volume, blend controls for the magnetic and polar pickups, and individual bass EQ and treble EQ controls.
SUPPORT: Supplied as standard equipment, the CR Tripod Stand provides stable support, with full height and tilt adjustment. The stand folds down to fit in the gig bag. Several interchangeable support systems are available for the bass: the CR Tripod Stand, the more conventional Bass End Pin Stand with optional Conversion Kit, or for full mobility the Boomerang™ Strap System or the Frame Strap System.
GIG BAG: The EU Bass includes a padded gig bag that has a pouch for tripod stand, a bow compartment and room for accessories. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.
LENGTH: 132 cm (52")
WIDTH: 15 cm (6")
THICKNESS: 10 cm (4")
WEIGHT: 4 kg (9.5 lbs.)
SCALE LENGTH: 106 cm (41.73")
STRINGS: 5 (Low B or high C) or 6 (BEADGC)
CONSTRUCTION: 27 alternating layers of rock maple and graphite fiber laminated in an epoxy matrix. The entire back of the instrument is curved toward to follow the curve of the front surface, forming a single continuous structure. The concave shape of the back of the neck creates a broad pocket for the thumb, and keeps neck thickness under 25 mm (1").
FINISH: Traditional amber stain with clear semi-gloss hand polished polymer coating. Custom finish options are available for the EU Bass including Slate Gray, Quilted Maple, Poplar Burl and Zebrawood.
FINGERBOARD: Graphite; 5 cm (2 ") wide at nut; 9.3 cm (3.7 ") max. width.
BRIDGE: Radius 7.9 cm (3.1"); string spacing 9.3 cm (3.66").
NUT: Radius 6.1 cm (2.4"); string spacing 4.3 cm (1.68").
BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).
MAGNETIC PICKUP: Low impedance EMG magnetic pickup system, with individually adjustable coils, neodymium magnets, and low noise, hum-canceling preamp.
ELECTRONICS: 18-volt active circuit by EMG. Mono output.
CONTROLS: (top to bottom) - Volume; Balance - counterclockwise for magnetic pickup, clockwise for Polar bridge pickup, center for both; Balance - counterclockwise for optimal pizzicato (plucked, sustained) sound, clockwise for optimal arco (bowed and percussive plucked) sound, center for both; Treble - boost and cut; Bass - boost and cut
TRUSS ROD: Dual action, removable.
TUNING MACHINES: Schaller 20:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners; black finish.
STRINGS: D'Addario™ round wound Traditional strings standard. More information on NS Electric Strings. Compatible with most standard upright bass strings.