1970s modified German 3/4 carved back



This modified 1970s German 3/4 carved back bass has been improved with a neck and fingerboard replacement, a top regraduation, a bass bar remodeling, and a tailpiece saddle extension. The European spruce top has medium to fine grain width and good grain definition. The European maple ribs and back plate are of medium density and reveal complex tap tones. The replacement neck is of seasoned and moderately dense maple, fit with single unit brass tuning machines. The replacement fingerboard is of aged, seasoned African ebony. The bridge is a Despiau Superior single tree that has been fit with smooth turning adjusters. The original ebony tailpiece is of medium weight and density.  The ebony enlarged tailpiece saddle extension is a nice design. The older adjustable endpin features a 1/2 aluminum rod. The antiqued red lacquer finish is very striking.  The matching replacement neck finish is spirit varnish. The dimensions are: Top length 43 3/4″, Upper bout width 19 1/2″, Middle bout width 14 1/2″, Lower bout width 25 7/8″, Bridge height 7″, Rib depth at tail 8″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 3/4″, Rib depth at neck joint 6 3/8″, String length 41 5/8″. This bass is very much in balance with itself, delivering a very strong and tonally rich voice. This is an unusually satisfying instrument that delivers a mature and complex voice in either orchestral or jazz settings. With cover.