Jacques Gagnon Double Bass, Ruggeri Copy



Long C-bouts and deep ribs characterize this Jacques Gagnon double bass designed after an early Francisco Ruggeri contrabass. Dark tone, lively and fun to play.


Jacques Gagnon Double Bass, Ruggeri Copy

This Jacques Gagnon double bass is a nicely built fully-carved contrabass with a big sound and a classic design. Gagnon is a bassist and builder from Montreal who set up shop in the Philippines building string instruments based on early historic designs. He generally uses woods local to the Philippines with a good sense for vintage patterns and tone. Jacques Gagnon upright basses are known for a large, dark sound and easy playability – this is no exception.

Long C-bouts and deep ribs characterize this Gagnon / Ruggeri double bass copy. The label traces the design to a 1669 Francisco Ruggeri instrument built in Cremona. There is a neck repair and a crack in the back that have been addressed with good repairs, currently set up for Jazz with our Rev Solo pickup. Nice setup, really fun to play for walking lines. Would make a fine section or conservatory bass too at a good value!


  • Upper Bout: 19.25″
  • C Bout: 14.75″
  • Lower Bout: 26.25″
  • Rib Depth: 7.5-9″
  • Length of Back: 44.25″
  • String Length: 41.25″
  • Neck: D
  • Weight: 23 Lbs

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! 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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