Dean Pace Electric Upright Reviews
I play mainly fretless bass guitar, in two outfits with no drummers, so my tone is very audible, especially in the duo setting. So, I took an interest in this Pace upright, especially cuz of its very thick neck, which helps produce a''upright bass'' bass effect.
I never bought one cuz every used one I encounter has some problem or other, including the weird hum mentioned in another review on this site. Other problems have been a very quiet string or even a dead string ... meaning quiet or dead piezo sensors.
Size, shape, and sound [whn it's working ... ]
Too many problems. Also, lacks individual gain trimmer pots for each string. Also, I've took one of the ailing examples apart and found some shabby stuff in there.
Nice hunk of wood and sturdy stand. If you can get a sickly one for about $25 and re-do everything with non-Dean components .... naw ... just buy a decent low-priced EUB from some other company.
I wrote this mainly to let others know that I've tried multiple times with this model, cuz it does have its attractive elements, mainly sound and shape, but you really ought to look elsewhere. I'm rating it a '1' which means ''forget about it''.Golem
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I have been playing the bass now for about 12 years in a semi-pro capacity. previously a drummer, I was turned on to playing bass as they needed a bass man at a jam session! Since then,I´ve played rock standards, jazz and lately the last couple of years, being getting into jazz fusion and more latin. Hence, I decided i needed to try a get more of an upright bass sound.The Dean Pace was my choice, having read a lot of reviews/opinions relating to EUB´s(electric upright basses.
I found this unit on Ebay, being auctioned out of a Pawn Shop somewhere in the States.
I won it for what I thought was a reasonable price(compared with the new list price. I paid $400 approx. and great....hope this thing is as described...suppoede to be as new. When I finally got the bass, I live in Portugal,I was clobbered with the local import duty tax bill of $200! I bought a used unit for nearly new price.Oh well, it looked great,as described. Now to plug it in....
This instrument is really well made.The sound is very close to that of an upright bass. I´m still working o the sound by changing the strings. According to some reviews, the thing sounds best using nylon tapewounds so i´m just about to change them as the fender black nylons arrived today in the post. It's surprising easy to play, the change from standard bass to upright isn´t such a shock as I expected!
Got used to the thing in about half an hour of playing it. Being pivotted to a sturdy metal tripod means you can boogie around the thing whilst playing and not be worried about back ache from longer sessions!
When I first plugged it in...horror! A nasty ground hum type buzzing...get this...when I touched the strings. No bass sound at all coming out of the amp. I had loads of electronics buffs pear over the thing but to no avail. Then I read, on yet another review, some guy with a similar problem who simply changed his strings. I did as suggested and hey presto...sound! and a great sound with zero noise. I figured that with steel strings there is tendency for oxidization to occer between the strings and the point of contact with the Piezo pick-ups. However, this will be cured when i finally fit my nylon tapewounds.
Ecxellent construction and general quality is good
If you are thinking of making the leap into the world of EUB´s, but want it to be easy at a reasonable cost, tyhen get one of these!Luigi
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