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stick, pace bass??

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:25 am
by multisounds
Hi Blues folks bass players,

I've been away for awhile and musically very busy and play an odd gig here and there. I saw a concert on TV and there was this bass player playing what they called a "stick" or someone else said "pace bass" made by company called DEAN.

To be honest I've never seen one before but certainly like the look of it and seems to sound decent. People say they're a hybred version of a double bass-nothing more? Fine, so I went into the local shop and they had one!!! But somebody was hogging it for hours!! So, I've got P bass and now on a lookout for a double fulfill my life-long equipment dreams.

Therefore, has anyone ever played one of these things. What's it like?? Describe touch, sound, intonation or anything you like with your experience of playing one. Will it do rock and blues, jazz, funk?? Are the parts made solidly, seems abit fragile to the eye but looks great though. One guy said to me, "this thing will get you chicks", LOL. Pehhaps that's true.

So, please give me your verdict, this "stick" or double bass.

Oh btw, happy new year, better late than never :)


Re: stick, pace bass??

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:06 am
by ricochet

Re: stick, pace bass??

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:34 pm
by allanlummox
Yea, the Pace and a Chapman Stick are two different animals - the Pace is an upright solid body 4 string Bass - the stick is an instrument with 8, 10 or 12 strings, designed for two handed tapping.

The stick has been around since the 70's, and Tony Levin in particular has done some great music using one.

There's a few instruments derived from the Stick, like the Mobius Megatar.

As far as chicks - well, owning one won't do it, but being really good on one will probably work.

Re: stick, pace bass??

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:02 am
by MakaInOz

While I’m not a bass player, I’m the parent and chief funder/equipment acquirer for two (my eldest and youngest – there’s a guitarist in the middle). The eldest started on double and currently plays a J as well. He is on the lookout for an electric upright and is particularly taken with the NS (Ned Steinberger – he collaborated on the NS Stick) CR model ( The interest in an electric upright is fully supported by the roadie (me!) as the double (it’s a 4/4) is a logistics nightmare, particularly with his current rig of a Trace Elliot 410 combo with a TE 2 x 15” extension cab. That lot takes an entire vehicle on its own!

According to my eldest, the big difference between the different electric uprights (and spinoffs like the Stick) is string tension. Some are strung like a bass guitar and some are like a double. He wants an electric upright that feels like a double.

There’s lots of choices and it all gets down to your personal requirements. Whether an electric upright (be it more ‘double-like’ or ‘guitar-like') is what floats your boat, or something more ‘exotic’ like the Stick fulfils you is a very personal thing.

I think a double sounds (and looks) unique and is probably worth the logistics pain (but my opinion will probably change next time I’m trying to load it in the car!).

And then there’s the $$$...........

The chicks are a whole different issue!

Re: stick, pace bass??

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:14 am
by multisounds
Hi Rico, alan, mak!!

It's great to be talking to you guys again!! Thanks for the information I really appreciate it. I'm gonna sus it out before making a choice but either way I'll be happy with one or the other. One thing is for certain, you need a good size car for a double!

Mak!!, last year I played at the Newcastel blues festival!! Did you attend?? Or did anyone from Oz here go?? Was alot fo fun and met some great musos locally and from USA and drank plenty of beers and bourbon :blink: Mak, if you get that pace bass for your kids, please post a picture of it here!

Anyway, there's a few more festivals this year and might partake in one or two.

Play well folks and have fun.