Herbert Dittrich Double Bass c1985, Wilhelmshoh, Germany



Nicely built fully carved, gamba cornered contrabass built by Mr. Dittrich in the Wilfer shop.



Herbert Dittrich Double Bass, Wilhelmshoh, Germany

This nicely proportioned Herbert Dittrich double bass has a shop label of this instrument maker from Wilhelmshoh, Germany. The story behind it is that it was built in the Wilfer shop, on a Wilfer bench but made by Mr. Dittrich. So this was built with individual care in a tradition where a maker can build an instrument in a larger shop, even using their tools and forms. The result is a lovely gamba-cornered German contrabass with pretty straightforward Maple and a larger pattern.

Delivers quite a punch with its current 43″ string length, this naturally can be modified by Upton Bass to the next owner’s liking. Originally had tuner plates, later replaced with individual Ebony key tuners.


  • Upper Bout: 21”
  • C Bout: 15″
  • Lower Bout: 27”
  • Rib Depth: 6.875” – 8.25” from cant down
  • 46.25” Length of Top
  • 44.5” Length of Back
  • String Length: 43”
  • D Neck

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 this Herbert Dittrich double bass or related bass topics! If you are interested in this Jacques Gagnon Double Bass or any other model, please contact UB at sales@uptonbass.com or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399.

Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.





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