The issues of portability and transportation affect double bass players of all levels and styles. We understand the difficulties facing touring musicians when it comes to weight and size restrictions. We also understand the desire to have a fully functioning, great sounding and inspiring acoustic bass to play once you reach your destination! Enter the UB Travel Bass. Upton Bass has developed what we believe to be the finest removable/adjustable-neck option available for the double bass, at a price that makes it available to a whole new segment of musicians.
The UB Travel Bass combines the tone and playability of a conventional bass with a removable neck for secure and convenient travel. It is built to a standard series of specifications to attain light weight and bring the instrument plus most composite cases to under 50 pounds for travel.
The Suitcase Travel Bass began as a bassmaking engineering exercise and became a fully-usable, ultra-portable double bass. That fits in a suitcase! A great sounding, regular bodied bass – disassemble for travel, assemble in as little as 15 minutes once at your destination.
The Upton Bass Hardshell Flight Case is designed to pair with the UB Travel Bass to arrive under the magic 50-pound weight target for airline flight. Minimalistic in design, our clamshell uses a military grade strapping system and has nothing to break off during the drama of airline travel.
The system was conceived with two goals – to produce a sophisticated evolution of our removable neck upgrade and to develop a smooth and dependable adjustable neck function. We believe both goals have been met with many added benefits. The UB Travel Double Bass system uses an interlocking high-strength aluminum joint in the neck block which allows the neck to be removed and replaced with perfect fit and precision. The system also allows for direct, instant adjustability of your string height and action! Using the hex key at the back of the neck joint, you can dial in exactly the string height you require for any musical style, feel, or season.
Goodbye bridge risers!
We have found the adjustable neck to be addictive – do you require a pronounced string action for bowing and section work one evening, only to need jazz bass growl the next? You can literally dial up your preferred action between tunes. For transport, remove the neck and pack into the included flight case.
You can still choose your favorite Upton Bass model and have it built with a removable neck for travel!