4.0 out of 5 stars
By macdaddy - Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2012
After 36 months and about 200 gigs, these are my comments. First, the good. The color and finish get a lot of compliments. The electronics are well designed for the most part. The controls can give you a nice thump or great sustain. The solid construction means temperature and humidity extremes don't affect the instrument much, if at all, a considerable load off my mind where I live. Now the bad. The adjustable tail piece digs into the protective tape, which covers the internal battery and signal wires. I'm talking about inside the bass body itself. After a few times of raising and lowering the tail piece, the aluminum sticky-back RF shield tape got caught on the tail piece shaft inside the instrument and pulled the signal wire out of the circuit board, bringing my future with that instrument to a halt. Replaced the tape, inserted the signal wire back into the circuit board, and I had confidence in the instrument again. The original strings couldn't hold a note. They had only a single wire rope in the center and cut my fingers despite being flat wound. A set of nylon-wrapped flat wounds and $150 later and I have strings I can trust. The A-string tuner arrived broken. The tuners appear to be made of inferior metal and have a hard-to-turn tuning ratio. Rather than have the rest of the band tune to my A-string, I replaced all the tuners with some Grover classic bass tuners. It's almost a perfect fit. The mounting screw holes were exact copies of the Grovers. The tuner machine head post holes are exactly across from each other. There's not much room for the posts, and replacements may be too long and interfere with each other. The original tuner posts are very short. A better configuration would have been to stagger the post holes. The belly brace is useless. Can't imagine using it for a real gig. The supplied belly brace was too long. It was too far to reach the neck and I had to compensate by either bending my wrist at a sharper angle or turning the instrument away. Maybe my arms are too short. (Doubt it.) The fret markers aren't the most accurately placed on the side of the fingerboard. The fingerboard has some minor dips and rises in it, making exact fingering interesting. There's a single strap button on top. Still looking for Stagg strap suppliers. The tail piece allows the bass to not only move, but also twist. Very annoying during high energy pizzicato or plucking. The nine-volt battery is easy to replace, which is good considering I've had to replace it eight times in the last 18 months. A fellow musician who plays a guitar says he changes his battery once a year. In summary, the bass appears to be well engineered, but the construction leaves a lot to be desired. The gig bag has good proportions, but two of the three zippers were broken off. If you don't mind changing your own strings, searching for replacements and changing the tuner mechanisms, replacing the shielding on the signal wires, possibly removing the circuit board to reinsert a pulled signal plug, and replacing the zipper pulls, this is a good first electric upright bass for relatively little money. The bass doesn't come with a stand. I bought the Ingles Adjustable Cello and Bass Stand When you adjust this stand to the bass, it narrows the footprint and makes it easier for wind to blow the bass over. However, the fingerboard latch is easy to use and doesn't bother the strings or scratch the neck. Weights on the feet would help stabilize it.
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Charles - Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020
The Stagg is a pretty bang for your buck EUB. plays well and with some fiddling, you can get it to sound pretty close to an acoustic upright. (I would highly recommend a DI box) Unfortunately, I had to return mine because it had a crack in the body going completely through the neck slot. Fixable but wasn't worth the effort. I did get a replacement and I am having a ton of fun with it. The strings on it aren't terrible but I would recommend replacing those with some quality strings the first chance you get. I've been a bass player for 20 years but had never owned a double bass. Rather than dropping 2k for a decent plywood bass I got this to test the waters and I am hooked.
3.0 out of 5 stars
By Carl - Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
Built on a Monday
This bass has a few quality control issues that make it a hard buy unless you like to tinker or plan to invest some extra cash to make it playable. 1. The body arrived with a long crack from where the heel attaches and down - about 3 inches long. 2. The neck had a big dip in the surface on one side of the bass - because of this the E string had a buzz in that location but nowhere else on the neck had this problem. 3. My bass came missing the body size support wing so it’s hard to say how comfortable it feels. 4. This is the worst of all the problems I found out of the box - the end pin is not isolated from the body. It is metal on metal contact and it must be contacting some of the Electronics inside the body. Whenever the base is shifted with the weight being supported by the end pin it makes a noisy rustling sound that must be the piezo picking up the vibration of the metal. If the end pin can be isolated then this may not be a problem. The bass sounds incredible and is surprisingly similar to an acoustic upright bass. I was expecting more of that fretless electric bass sound but this is warm, Woody, and with some EQ shifts, you can probably get very close to that sound if that is what you desire. Unfortunately I will be returning the copy that I got and may or may not try another copy to see if this is just a quality control issue. It may just be worth it to save up for a quality plywood acoustic upright and call it a day.
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Unspecified - Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2015
It looks nice and sounds like a proper upright bass
I'm new to upright bass and bought this as a practice unit. It looks nice and sounds like a proper upright bass. The strings came with it feel unstable and I probably need to replace. Piezo pick up is very noisy and there is a lot of hiss noise if I'm using my headphones. Probably fine playing thru a bass amp. This model also does not have a power swtich but detects plugs to turn on and off. However, this detection does not work well and it takes a few trials to turn off. I will probably modify this later on to add a power switch. So not perfect to begin with, but things can be easily upgraded just like a bass guitar. Overall, I'm happy with it.
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Christine Childs - Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2014
We purchased this as a practice instrument for my daughter. We found renting an upright bass nearly impossible (lack of availability) and expensive to boot ($80+/month). We picked this electric upright bass because it had excellent reviews for sound and durability and it can be used with a bow. We have not been disappointed. The sound is excellent (though we had to fix a rattling noise that was caused by the end pin -hence the 4 vs 5 stars.) She loves the fact that it takes up much less room, is easy to transport and she can use it with an irig (http://www.amazon.com/Amplitube-IK-Multimedia-touch-iPhone/dp/B003W47NII/ref=pd_sim_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=05HRE6NWM7QXZ5H4ANTD).