Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Ukrainian Kobza Bass - teardrop-shaped acoustic bass
I know nothing about this instrument other than what the seller tells us in broken English. Apparently it's a Ukrainian Kobza Bass from the Harmony musical worskhop (hhhmmmm...where've I've heard that name before?) and is supposedly based on a traditional folk instrument. To my eyes it looks like an acoustic bass guitar with a Vox-like teardrop shaped body and equipped with piezo pickups and associated electronics. Whether the "Kozba bass" genuinely has any history as a Ukrainian folk instrument, I couldn't tell you, but my suspicion is that it is a modern bass-instrument based on the design of an old folk insrument. But if you know differently, please do pipe up!

Currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy it Now price of $325 (plus shipping from Ukraine).

G L Wilson

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  1. It doesn't matter if its origin is traditional or modern, it is truly a very good design for an electro acoustic bass;The shape of the body gives it rigidity and strength, that can be important with bass strings tension! and if it is slanted on the back (on the pic it seems flat) you can gain bottom end easily. The only thing I dislike is the headstock; I understand the aesthetic choice but it ought to be a little smaller. Why use Schaller minis to gain weight on an instrument that tends to be neck heavy and,at the same time ruin that effort with such a big Cello like headstock?

  2. You're right - it doesn't matter at all. Actually I quite like it, aesthetically.

  3. Harmony musical workshop also produce a 6 strings model all covered with flowers (very 70's looking)an d many other acoustic guitars, very cheap (BUT seemingly valuable). Who said that China was the only place for that? Future collectors?



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