Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Clevinger by Robert Lee fretless electric bass

I suspect that this Clevinger by Robert Lee fretless bass was designed as a electric upright bass (EUB) - the name "Clevinger" is ringing bells in the back of my mind, but I can't remember any details as to why or who might have played one. However, whether it was designed to be played upright (I wonder if it has a detachable spike?) or to be played horizontally, it sure is one hell of an ugly bass. But of course, that shouldn't be our first consideration. The seller claims that it "sounds wonderful and comes close to an upright sound", and that really ought to count for something. Maybe it's one for the studio, and take something prettier out on the road!

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $875.

G L Wilson

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  1. I knew someone who had an actual Clevinger upright. Looked nothing like that, but was a great instrument.

  2. Clevinger is a long-established and highly respected maker of EUBs - Tony Levin is a prominent user of their basses - and yes, they are blocky and (in my opinion) downright ugly. I guess the sound and playability must be important factors there. No idea who Robert Lee is, or what kind of bass this is meant to be.



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