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BASS LAB – Nick Lloyd Upright Bass

Phil Maneri's BASS LAB This double bass is a work of art. As far as I can see, it’s perfect. I could stop right there, and that would be enough. But I’ll tell you why I think so. Most importantly, it plays incredibly well. Clean and clear, up and down the instrument, in every position. The tone is quite consistent across the range, as well. Notes are neither boomy nor absent in any spots I could find. It doesn’t have the gravitas of an old instrument, but I’m not sure that ma... Please sign up for Bass Gear Premium to gain...

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When a player approaches a new bass for the first time, there are a lot of criteria that come to mind as important aspects of its viability. The most important of these is the sound of the bass, but this is tied together with other parameters, such as playability, ergonomic comfort, responsiveness, esthetics, and practicality. In this article, I will detail my experience with one of master luthier Nick Lloyd’s hand-carved basses, affectionately named “#34” – a violin-cornered instrument with a flat back and a removable neck, making it a suitable instrument for air travel. Nick drove down to...

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