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Standard in orchestral compositions, the double bass is also used in a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz to country to rockabilly to bluegrass. One of the earliest versions of this large string instrument showed up in Europe in the 15th century. And the upright bass still thrives in popular music today with bands such as the Barenaked Ladies, the Stray Cats and the Lucky Dados using its characteristic low pitch to drive their rhythm and define their sound. Some groups even rely on just this instrument for percussion instead of the drums. Classical musicians play the double bass acoustically but blues artists usually amplify their uprights. Whatever your playing style or technique, there's a wide selection of Silver Creek Double Basses for the intermediate player to help you pick the best one for you.
If you want a smaller model that's ideal for swing and bluegrass, the Silver Creek Thumper Upright String Bass Outfit is a 3/4-size with big tone. It has a laminated spruce top, laminated maple back and sides plus a solid maple neck. Inlaid purfling and a shaded matte finish add to the elegance of this high-quality stringed instrument - plus, an adjustable maple bridge and great projection make it a top-seller that's enjoyable for any bassist to play.
Maybe the new wave of rockabilly is your jam. If that's the case, you'll be drawn to the Silver Creek LR-102 Lee Rocker Tuxedo Bass LR-102. It's a stunning laminate bass violin with strong output, low feedback and high volume when plugged in, so even through an amplifier you'll get a faithful acoustic bass tone. Whether you use a bow, pluck or slap the strings, it produces high-quality sound with warmth and balanced tone. This stylish upright even comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the famed bassist it was named for.
As you explore your options, think about the type of music you perform as well as your playing style. Do you play arco or pizzicato? Plugged in or unplugged? The combination of note work, intricacies of string technique and percussion when performing on the upright bass makes for a very physical performance for the bassist, so you want to find the model that suits you perfectly. With so many fantastic Silver Creek Double Basses to choose from, it's easy to pluck one off the shelf that's exactly what you need to give an applause-worthy performance.