ca. 1920s German 3/4 flatback



This ca. 1920s German or Czech 3/4 flatback bass has a quick response and round tone when used in a jazz setting. The spruce top features fine, even grain throughout. The lightly flame figured back and sides are medium weight, not as light as many Czech instruments from this period. The Eb beech neck is free of any cracks or repairs and was originally fit with these halfplate hat peg tuning machines, which turn smoothly. The nut, fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are made from African ebony. The bridge has been fit with smooth turning adjusters. The endpin is a 10 mm adjustable steel rod.  The bass is currently strung with Spirocore orchestra gauge strings for a clear jazz voice with good tonal depth. The oil varnish finish is a darker brown on the top plate and medium brown everywhere else. The bass underwent a top-off set of internal work at Bob Beerman’s “Bass Violin Shop”. Dimensions are: Top length 41 5/8″, Upper bout width 20″, Middle bout width 14″, Lower bout width 24 5/8″, Rib depth at tail 7 1/2″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 1/4″, Rib depth at neck joint 6″, String length 41 3/4″. The arco voice is also clear and forceful with the Spirocore orchestra strings. With cover.