The CR Series electric
upright bass, with its exceptional versatility and tone quality,
is fast becoming an indispensable tool for the serious bassist.
The lean, solid-body CR Series bass takes its place in a long
history of fine instruments crafted in the Czech Republic.
Available in 4 and 5 stringed models,
the CR Series neck & body are made from select maple. The full scale fingerboard
is graduated for consistent response from note to note, with adjustable
relief and bridge height to suit all playing styles. Our Polar™
bridge pickup system combines great sound with directional sensitivity,
for a rich and expressive response to pizzicato and arco technique.
Optional EMG magnetic pickups expand the range to include classic
electric bass sounds.
According to Bass Player magazine, the Czech made CR Series
"boasts impeccable craftsmanship from a country with a reputation for quality
upright bass building. It's clean aesthetics, excellent playability, and great
sound put it ahead of the pack."
Three interchangeable support systems are available for the bass: the self supporting
tripod stand, more conventional end pin stand, and shoulder strap assembly for full mobility.
The body and neck of the CR Series Double Bass are crafted of solid European
hard maple, with a flame maple face. The neck has a traditional upright
shape, but with extended access to the upper register of the fingerboard.
The solid-body body design enhances sustain and clarity, and is resistant
to the effects of temperature change and humidity.
The fingerboard is expertly graduated with an asymmetric profile to insure that each note is even and buzz free. An adjustable truss rod allows for precise relief adjustment for different strings and playing style. A cascading dot pattern across the neck provides an accurate reference for positon.
pickups can sense either lateral or vertical string
vibration - or both! Set in the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled
sensitivity in the direction of the bow. In the vertical mode, plucked
notes are remarkably even and sustained.
The low-impedance EMG pickups incorporate individually adjustable
coils and neodymium magnets. Each coil is buffered separately
for a full sound quality with very low noise. (Magnetic pickups
pare optional. Only models marked with the letter M have magnetic coils.)
Controls include volume, a blend control for magnetic and piezo pickups,
a toggle switch to select the mode of the Polar pickup, and individual
bass EQ & treble EQ controls. The 18 volt power supply insures
plenty of reserve overhead for full dynamics.
Two screws in the back of the body are used to adjust the bridge up and
down. This allows the instrument to be set up to meet the requirements
of many different playing styles.
1. - Supplied as standard
equipment, the Tripod
Stand provides stable support, with full
height and tilt adjustment. The stand folds down to fit in the
2. - An optional
Stand offers the upright bassist a more traditional position, similar
to that of an acoustic instrument. The End Pin Stand conversion kit attaches to the tripod stand to hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use.
3. - A light
frame structure is supported by a single guitar
style strap extending over the left shoulder. This holds
the bass in the correct position for both pizz and arco styles.
The Frame Strap System
offers full mobility and amazing comfort.
The padded tubular gig bag is only 137 cm (54")
long and 18 cm (7") in diameter, and weighs 8.2 kg (18 lbs) with
the instrument and stand. A storage area inside the gig bag has room
for accessories. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment
of most commercial aircraft. An optional flight case measures 145 x 25 x 25 cm (57" x 10" x 10").