This French Guild Double Bass is a classic Mirecourt style bass, featuring gamba corners and a distinct pear shape. This French double bass is ergonomically ideal for solo players with its smaller upper bout and sloped shoulders. It is a fine instrument suited to those looking for a smaller, or easier-to-play bass, especially in the thumb position. It is a strongly-built instrument that has been modernized with a grafted scroll, and is set up with D’Addario Helicore Orchestral strings. Similar basses of this style carry names such as Colin Mezin and Paul Bisch, or Jean Thibouville-Lamy (JTL Workshop).
This Mirecourt bass has seen almost a century of use, and its condition is representative of that. But don’t let that scare you – it has a beautiful clear tone and has been played non-stop as a working instrument for the last 30 years. Despite its age, this bass has been well cared for. A prospective buyer could address some repairs in the future to keep the bass looking and sounding great for the next 100 years. Our luthiers suggest regular maintenance on all basses, however, we recommend a higher level of care for all vintage and solid wood basses such as this one. The listed sales price is reflective of the instrument’s current condition.
- Upper Bout – 19”
- Center Bout – 12 1/2”
- Lower Bout – 24 3/4”
- Ribs – 5 1/2” (heel) to 7 1/4” (end block)
- Body Length – 42 5/8”
- String Length – 41 1/4”
***Please call us for more information regarding the condition of this bass.
Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit stringrepair.com
Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 6pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.