Classical music, rock and roll, country and western, rhythm and blues - you'd be hard-pressed to find a genre of music where you wouldn't hear the booming, robust sound of the double bass. The largest and lowest-pitched member of the viol family, the double bass dates back to the 15th century and is widely known as the patriarch of the string family. And while the double bass is a standard member of a traditional orchestra's string section, it's equally at home on stage with many of today's chart-topping music groups. Whether you're learning to play one of Joseph Haydn's famous double bass concertos or are looking to slap the strings in a psychobilly quartet, you're going to find the double bass to suit your musical needs in this section.
For student musicians who are looking to buy a double bass of their own, an outfit like the Etude BASS-ICS String Bass Outfit is an excellent choice for players who are still fine-tuning their talents. This laminated maple-top bass is available in your choice of 3/4 or 1/2 sizes and comes with everything you need to make music: quality steel-core strings, a brazilwood French bow and a standard gig bag.
Or, if you want a double bass with hardcore looks to complement your killer sound, look no further than the LR-102 Lee Rocker Tuxedo Bass LR-102 from Silver Creek. Endorsed by famed rockabilly bassist Lee Rocker, this sleek upright bass is designed with eye-catching black-and-white coloring that commands attention on the stage. Add in the fact that it's built with ebony parts and brass machine heads, set up with an adjustable bass bridge and equipped with Kolstein Heritage bass strings, and you've got a double bass that was made to play that energizing, enthusiastic rockabilly sound.
It doesn't matter if you're a budding orchestral student, a touring rocker or a chamber musician - the simple truth is that everyone deserves to play a well-made double bass. Thankfully, all the best-selling and top-rated double bass brands are here, including Cremona, Ren Wei Shi, Bellafina, Knilling and more. For a better idea of which double bass best represents your signature playing style, try to spend some time in this catalog - in the end, you'll be glad you did.