1940s German 3/4 carved back



This ca. 1940s German 3/4 carved back bass may have been made by Saumer. It features nice woods and workmanship. The evenly spaced medium grain spruce top has clear figure and no visible faults. The moderate curling flame figure of the ribs and carved back plate are evenly distributed., with rich and musical tap tones. The maple neck shows similar flame figure and has halfplate tuning machines mounted, with the G tuning machine placed nearest to the nut. The nut, fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are all made from ebony. The adjustable endpin has a 10 mm steel rod. The Despiau bridge has been fit with aluminum adjusters. The light amber oil varnish is in fine condition. It is currently strung with Thomastik Spirocore strings. Dimensions are: Top length 43″, Upper bout width 19 1/2″, Middle bout 14 3/8″, Lower bout 25 7/8″, Rib depth at tail 7 5/8″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 1/4″, Rib depth at neck joint 6 1/4″, String length 41 3/4″. This easy playing bass produces a colorful, even voice. A good combination instrument for jazz and orchestral use.