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Prima 50 Rockabilly "Blonde" Bass - #2750 - SOLD

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I need a ¾ size bass to get me going but I've only got just under a grand to spend - what have you got?

Well how about this at only £995-00.

Did I hear you right - did you say £995-00?

Yes that's absolutely right only nine hundred and ninty-five quid (slang for UK pound).

It looks great but what exactly do I get for this sort of money?

Well - the back and the ribs of The Prim 50 Rockabilly "Blond" Bass are made from a highly figured (outer surface only) maple laminate and the front is made from laminated Spruce. Obviously these are the same materials that have been used by violin makers for centuries and quite honestly it is pretty difficult to say - without looking really, really, really closely - that these instruments aren't quite the real thing.

What else can I expect for my bucks?

The Prim 50 specifications are as follows. You get;

  1. An ebony fingerboard, top nut and bottom saddle.
  2. A great looking set of separate Chrome-plated machine heads - each drilled with five holes in order to help keep weight down to a minimum.
  3. A maple bridge fitted with brass or aluminium height adjusters.
  4. A set of factory made strings.
  5. A metal tailpiece.
  6. A chrome-plated endpin unit.
  7. A Primavera wooden bow with Rosewood frog that costs £50-00 when sold separately.
  8. A block of rosin (powder type).
  9. A 12mm padded cover with shoulder straps, bow pocket, accessory pocket and large music pocket that costs £70-00 when sold separately.

Phew that's pretty impressive. What about the sound?

We'd have to say - that for the money - it too is pretty impressive.

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A video clip is now also available within our Multimedia Section - see the Prima 50 Rockabilly "Blonde" Bass being played, in a specially recorded performance at the Shoppe.

Weren't there some Blond basses made around the 60's?

Yes that's absolutely right this Blond Rockabilly bass it a take-off of the hugely successful and well sounding viol-shaped Blond plywood instruments that were produced in Germany between the 1950's and 1970s.

Will I be interested in this bass?

The throwback connotations to previous musical genres will undoubtedly appeal to all you modern day Slap, Rockabilly, Soul, Dance, Americana, Bluegrass, Hip-Hop, Country & Western, Rock & Roll, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Jive, Joplin and Jazz players. Having said that the instrument is equally suitable for all ages, grades and other styles of music.

Can I upgrade on the factory fittings if I want?

Yes of course. Obviously everything works OK as it is - but rather like buying a computer you may wish to upgrade or customise on the "base" (no pun intended) model in order to gain better performance. The choice is entirely yours.

What options could I consider?

  1. Strings. A good make of strings is rather like upgrading the Processor or CPU on your computer. They process the critical information from your fingers and bow enabling your instrument to perform. Simply put the better quality the string - the better quality the sound. Please click here to see our string section.
  2. Bridge & Soundpost. A good bridge and soundpost is rather like an operating system on yourcomputer. They are both critical in performing essential tasks well - such as recognising the "input" from the strings and in transmitting the "output" to the back and front of your instrument. The Contrabass Shoppe uses top quality French bridges by Chevalets Despiau and smooth running aluminium adjusters imported from Germany. It takes between 3-4 hours work to cut and fit both bridge and soundpost.
  3. Neck Finish. Rather like upgrading the amount of memory or RAM of your computer a well-finished neck will help deliver faster performance and greater workloads. On the Blond Rockabilly bass this can be achieved by stripping the layers of varnish from the neck followed by finishing work and dressing. For those of you who desire the even greater advantages of a nice slim-feel neck then the neck can be reprofiled in depth prior to finishing work.
  4. Endpin Unit. Rather like upgrading the graphics card on your computer - a good quality endpin unit that has been well fitted will enhance your playing presentations into something much more satisfying and reliable. We use a beautifully made ebony and brass endpin unit that is cork-lined to prevent the possibility of an endpin buzz.
  5. Tailpiece. Rather like upgrading the optical device of your computer - upgrading from the factory supplied metal tailpiece to one of ebony or fruitwood will enhance backup and improve its tonal qualities. Metallic resonances will be replaced by warm, rich rounder sounds. As a bonus the aesthetic aspect of your instrument will be improved too.
  6. Bow. Rather like upgrading your computer monitor to a 22in wide-flatscreen - a good bow will certainly improve your playing experience and enjoyment. Click here to read about our Carbon Fibre bow. You'll be well pleased if you buy one of these.
  7. Cover. Is rather like keeping your Antivirus software up-to-date on your computer. By investing in a good quality cover your instrument will be protected from any external attacks such as knocks and scrapes. In addition lots of well-positioned handles will help ease the strain of carrying ones pride and joy about. Click here to read about our New Image Cover. You'll be well pleased if you decide to invest in this nice bit of kit.

How much does it cost to supply and fit the various upgrades?

  1. Strings: Depending on make UK £100 - £200
  2. Bridge fitted with aluminium adjusters & soundpost: UK £400
  3. Neck finish: UK £65
  4. Neck reprofile (depth) and finish: UK £195
  5. Endpin unit: UK £150
  6. Tailpiece: UK £85
  7. Carbon-fibre bow: UK £350
  8. New-Image cover: UK £275

That's all very interesting. How about a Final Summary?

We like the look of the "Blond" Rockabilly bass - it's much more eye catching and different from the normal horrible brown shade that you see on a lot of lower budget instruments and for those of you wanting to recreate the sounds, images and nostalgia of bygone eras this is the real business. Best of all has to be the cheap-as-chips price and the fact that - should you wish - you can always upgrade fittings as and when finances permit.

Stats:

LOB (length of back) - 108.3cm (42.70in)
Width across upper bouts - 50.7cm (20.00in)
Width across middle bouts - 37.7cm (14.80in)
Width across lower bouts - 64.7cm (25.50in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 21.1cm (8.30in)
Body Stop - 60.8cm (23.85in)
String length - 106.0cm (41.75in)

Price: SOLD

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