The double bass is a bowed, low-pitched string instrument used in symphonic orchestras. It is the largest and lowest-pitched instrument in the string family. Its strings can be plucked or played with a bow. It is extensively used in playing Western classical music, blues, jazz, rock and roll, and bluegrass music.
Types of Double Basses
Kinds of Double Basses include the following:
Carved double bass
A carved double bass has an arched top and back carved completely from a block of wood.
It is usually made of solid, wavy-grained wood that has been air-dried for many years to provide exceptional durability.
It produces a rich and full sound.
It is still susceptible to scratches and dents when not handled properly.
Laminated double bass
A laminated double bass is made of veneered or laminated wood.
Its top and back are formed by hard pressing.
It is sturdy and expensive.
It is more insensitive than the carved model since it is made with several wood layers glued together.
It often produces a muffled sound.
Hybrid double bass
A hybrid double bass is made with a carved top and a laminated bottom.
It is usually made of durable hardwood such as maple and rosewood.
It is relatively expensive.
Choosing Double Basses (Buying tips)
Sound: Before purchasing a double bass, test the sound of each string to ensure it produces a rich and full sound. The sound of your instrument should be well-balanced in all its strings and in whatever playing position.