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Stagg EDB 3/4 (EDB-3/4)

By MGR/Laklander, 30/11/2009
I've played bass professionally for 44 years. I currently play in a praise band in a local church and also do studio work. I favor rock but have played just about every style, even -- shame -- disco. Favorite players include Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Tony Levin, Chris Squire, Joe Osborn, Bob Glaub and Sting.

Stagg EDB 3/4 Electric Upright Bass; transparent yellow finish; 3/4 size (same as standard upright); 42' scale. Includes a headphone out 1/8' jack and a CD in 1/8' jack to allow practice long with recordings. Controls are volume and Sub-bass, which is a bass boost control. Piezo bridge pickup. Strings are standard 3/4 size upright strings. 1/4 output jack to amplifier. Solid maple body; neck might be some kind of composite -- it's hard to tell.

I purchased this instrument used from EBay in November 2009 to use in acoustic settings in my church band. I previously owned the NS Design WAV but sold it because I was not using it enough. Sure enough, not long after it sold, I found I'd need an EUB. Doh! I paid $399 with shipping and a fiberglass German bow was include in the price.

To me, the Stagg sounds more like a 'real' upright bass than the NS Design did. It's hard to describe, but it sounds 'woodier' and has more 'mwah' than the NS, even though it has a slab body. I like that the Stagg has a wire hip brace that allows you to hold the bass away from you while playing, and also that it has an endpin, which allows you to move while playing. There's also a plug-in wireframe for the treble side of the bass that allows someone used to playing upright a reference point for where to switch to 'thumb' position. Since I'm not really an upright player, this doesn't bother me because I don't use thumb position. But it is a selling point for many upright players looking to move to EUB. I also like the larger, open tuning gears as opposed to the NS closed. Gotoh bass guitar type tuners. (See my review of the NS here on MGR to see why I don't like Gotohs on an upright.)

The piezo pickup system is very sensitive and makes the entire body of the bass microphonic -- it picks up noises when anything hits the body -- a cord, a gnat, you name it. Stagg calls it 'noiseless,' and it may be electronically, but it picks up too many superfluous souunds. I attempted to alleviate this by putting thin foam under the legs of the bridge, which is where the pickup poles sit, but the effect is minimal. The endpin also rattles in some positions, which is picked up and sent to the amp. I had read that there are shielding issues with the control cavity, which is unshielded, but my bass is quiet. Maybe that has been improved over the years by Stagg.

The Stagg is solidly built and the finish is very good. All components seem to be of good quality. Since this bass was purchased used, I'm not sure what strings are on it or if they are stock strings, but they sound good. The bass comes with a padded gigbag and, under normal handling, should stand up well.

Even at a normal price -- they sell new for anywhere from $449 to $629 -- Stagg offers a decent quality for not a lot of money. Workmanship is not as good at the ND Design WAV, but the NS costs $300 to $500 more. If you're looking to experiment with upright or want to play EUB only occasionally, Stagg offers an affordable, good-sounding instrument.

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TSD's review (EVN 4/4)

By TSD, 18/10/2006
- How long have you use it?

I used it for a year, I bought it new on eBay (like many I think) because its low price and its look rather pleasant. I wanted to start the electric violin and stagg is a brand known input (lower) range, it met the needs of a beginner.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?

Schematize ...
The Good:
_ Design
_ The small price
_ (The cover) o_O
_ The 2-band equalizer integrated violin + volume control
_ An output jack and a mini-jack

The Bad:
_ The bridge like a lot, he often falls in the total tuning, or is flawed ... (this implies sagging ropes and tends to affect several strings simultaneously with the archer)
_ Ankles are plastic, they often turn by themselves, which tune it. We can fix that with a bit of chalk (house method)
_ The strings are very high and acute in becoming unplayable
_ The fine tuning screws are very small but quality remains, they in place (I would say more, they are sometimes blocked ... O_o)
_ The wood used for the body and the highly dubious origin is key (IKEA or something similar, luxury plywood bo ...)
- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

Ben nan. It was just to try the electric violin at the base.

- How would you rate the quality / price?

Given its low price for an electric violin, we could not expect the super quality. It still manages to release a clean sound in a good amp, but it lacks a bit of warmth and life, that is, to say otherwise flat.
It was enough to start and learn the basics of violin (with its strong and full of reverb ^^)

- With experience, you do again this choice ...?

Honestly, no. Working now on a Zeta Strados and the difference is huge. All negative points are corrected Stagg, I have more than the positive.

I suggest you take a look on eBay, it sometimes happens to fall on a good view very good deal. I saw a Fender FV-1 € 150 and I had my Zeta was worth $ 2,200 to 450 € with shipping costs. If you have had the chance to test an electric violin and it's your future passion ... aim higher than the stagg.