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Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass  

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The Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass is the answer to many a bass player's prayers. With sweet sound, great looks, and light, portable design, the VE-550 bass has a chambered body of select spruc... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

The Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass is the answer to many a bass player's prayers. With sweet sound, great looks, and light, portable design, the VE-550 bass has a chambered body of select spruce. The slim, maple neck and curved ebony fingerboard emulate an acoustic upright bass. The Palatino VE-550 bass's adjustable maple bridge rests on the piezo transducer pickup, giving the VE-550 electric upright its large, booming tone.

Geared tuners with metal buttons offer easy, accurate tuning. The Palatino VE-550 bass's black-finished metal tailpiece is sturdy and practical. The lightweight endpin offers an infinite range of adjustment with a positive locking mechanism.

The Palatino VE-550 is an extremely versatile electric bass with active tone and volume controls and a headphone jack with preamp. Palatino includes a rugged combination leather/plastic carrying bag with backpack straps.

The low, effortless action appeals especially to fretted electric bass players making the transition to an upright bass. The Palatino VE-550 Elecric Upright Bass has big tone, much like an amplified acoustic bass. It's an electric upright bass that's sure to please professionals looking for a bass they can travel with.

Features

Solid spruce top
Maple back and sides
Ebony fingerboard
Piezo transducer pickup
Active tone and volume controls
Headphone jack
Adjustable maple bridge
Combination leather/plastic bag with backpack straps
Scale length: 40-3/4"
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PalatinoVE-550 Electric Upright Bass
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Design/Quality and Performance

By jb

from Lockport , New York

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

    Like it, very different, great piece to have displayed in music room

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Happy

    By Nicky

    from athens, ga

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

      Lovely!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great Idea, Could Use Some Refinements

      By RS

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Somewhat Lightweight
      • Very Compact

      Cons

      • Fingerbrd Needs Attention
      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues
      • Travel

      Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

      I could have given this instrument a much better rating if it had not come to me with some fairly serious and potentially costly issues regarding the fingerboard. The particular instrument that came to me had a fingerboard that was most definitely not straight from nut to end. The instrument was certainly playable, but this condition made it impossible to obtain the action height that would have been required to make this instrument fit-and-ready to gig with for me.

      Another relative downside involves the ebony that is used on the fingerboards of these basses, which seems to be of a lower grade - not a real problem where playability is concerned, but it appears that in their efforts to make this cheaper grade of ebony take on the deeper black appearance that a higher grade of ebony will generally show, the designers seem to have chosen to coat the fingerboards with some sort of black paint that tends to come off on your hands as you play the instrument. Not great "fit and finish". But again, this is mainly a cosmetic issue and not one involving playability. All this being true, the pros I've listed above are indeed still noteworthy.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice bass for cramped stages.

      By Neil

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

      It fits my needs but is a little pricey.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Decent Electric Upright, full length strings.

      By GarretG

      from LA, Ca

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        A good EUB for the price. String length is same as standard 3/4 bass, though the length on the far side of the bridge is stubby- hence, you can use strings for 3/4, but will end up wrapping some of the string on the winding post- not a big deal. Talkbass has a mod thread for this model that should be read through as well. I had to sand the fingerboard a bit, as they put black dye in it, which transfers to your hand. Also, put thin rubber under the pick up, and under the bridge feet to get a better upright tone. The tone and volume knob go a long way. It should be run through a pre amp as well- all of this cover on the TB thread. Overall, very happy with it.

         
        5.0

        I recommend this product.

        By MARTA

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. My son loved it!

         
        5.0

        Great EU Bass

        By RA

        from Pigeon Forge, Tn

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

            Great Price and Quality is how I would describe this bass.
            Jack at GC Knoxville helped me with this purchase. I'm totally satisfied with the instrument.
            Thanks Jack for a great experience!

             
            5.0

            great playability, sound and look.

            By Levi

            from North Georgia

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Plays Great, Sounds Great, Sweet and Compact
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

              This is a really good performance instrument and attracts a lot of attention. I enjoy playing blues and ballads for the rich tone.

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