A very special build for our friend Louis Fantasia, this Concord was built to a slightly smaller scale, with stunning wood choices throughout.
Recently Made Uptons - A Gallery of Notable UB Builds
This beautiful Concord is the first off the line in 2016!
This five-string fully-carved Brescian was built with back and sides of select highly-figured English Sycamore. Check out the back! Brilliant 5 string upright bass with stunning wood throughout. Antiqued tuners.
Here’s a nice example of a straightforward solid flatback Mittenwald model. Domestic big leaf maple back and sides, with a burgundy tint in a nod to classic 19th Century Mittenwalds!
This Klotz copy double bass was custom built with a medium flame maple back and sides and has a warm responsive tone. Tricked out with Sloane tuners, mother-of-pearl dot inlays and hand made rib bumpers for lots of gigging!
This very special Klotz copy double bass was built with back and ribs carved from a piece of insanely figured big leaf maple from the Pacific Northwest, the same log which was used on Richard Wagor’s 4/4 ISB Concert Special.
John Anderson brought us tracings of a Matthias Klotz (Kloz) double bass dated to the late 18th Century. John had taken tracings of the Kloz instrument belonging to the great Russian bassist (and Eddie Gomez protege) Yuri Golubev over an extended dinner and discussion of vintage instruments. After years of searching for the right collaborator, in 2012 John commissioned Upton Bass…
Here’s a very cool example of an exceptional hybrid. With the medium varnish, the quality of our poplar plywood veneers is clearly seen. A one piece light English Sycamore neck and Irving Sloane tuners are brilliant, tone-enhancing upgrades.
The Bostonian model is an evolving original Upton Bass design, it’s always been a large-bodied, roundback bass built with back and ribs of poplar, per our original collaboration with bass genius and educator Lynn Seaton. This lovely dark-finished instrument (varnish notes were “matte” and “almost black dark brown”) was slightly oversized especially in the upper…
Max Murray is an awesome bass player, and a hell of a lot of fun – we built him one of the first removable-neck Concord models, which was the first to get the classic Prescott uncut ff-holes, and the first to get the “LaFaro tribute” hat peg tuners. Max is nuts. Here’s proof – for fun (and…