New Standard Double Bass with C-Extension, Schnitzer/DeSola NY, 2003


New Standard plywood with excellent C-extension – a project of Arnold Schnitzer and Wil DeSola. A tough, large player’s bass – flexible enough for student orchestras, jazz bandstands or roots stages!


New Standard Double Bass with C-Extension, Arnold Schnitzer & Wil DeSola, New York, 2003

New Standard was a project from some of the Northeast’s finest bass luthiers, Arnold Schnitzer (now of New Mexico) and Wil DeSola. Quality European shells were expertly finished in their workshops in upstate New York. This is a fully-laminated version, with an excellent C-Extension that has that signature big, rounded American Standard shape.

A crack on the outer ply of the back accompanies a bulge which has been addressed and fixed internally by Arnold Schnitzer himself. This blemish makes this bass a great deal – a once $5,000 plywood with a $3,500 C-Extension can be snapped up at a musician discount!

  • Upper Bout: 21.25
  • C Bout: 15.75″
  • Lower Bout: 26″
  • Length of Back: 47″
  • String Length: 42″
  • Rib Depth: 5.75 – 8″

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

Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding this New Standard double bass or related bass topics. Please contact UB at 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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