1968 Poellmann 5 string



This 1968 Poellmann 3/4 gamba 5 string bass was used by the former owner in her studies at Berklee School of Music and for some years afterward. The instrument has been stored at home since about 1982. It recently underwent some restoration and repairs and is performing quite well after the 40 year layoff. The spruce top features very bold straight grain, providing a very colorful voice. The figured maple neck, back, and ribs are of moderate density and yield a warmly colorful tap tone. The chip carving in the exterior linings provide a nice cosmetic feature. The tuning machines are Rubber halfplates. The nut, replacement fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are made from aged African ebony. The endpin is an ULSA aluminum tube unit. The replacement bridge has nicely installed adjusters. The orange varnish is in good shape. The strings are Prastro Chromesteel with a low B string. Dimensions are: Top length 42 1/4″, Upper bout width 19 1/4″, Milld bout width 14 1/8″, Lower bout width 25 1/4″, Rib depth at tail 8″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 3/4″, Rib depth at neck 6 3/8″, String length 41 3/4″. This bass has a very colorful and even response. It is very comfortable to play.