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        The most innovative bass guitar in years!

        Guild created the original Ashbory Bass in the 1987, and now De Armond offers its authorized version and is making the strings readily available once again to all Ashbory Bass owners. The 18" fretless scale and super light weight of the Ashbory make it easy to create the round tone of an upright bass. It features a patented transducer and unique silicone rubber strings which make it an exceptional instrument in the recording studio and a treat to play on stage.

        Features

        • Unique silicone strings are easy on fingers
        • Super light and easy to hold and play

        Get a great string bass sound from the super portable and easy-to-play Ashbory. Order today.

         
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        DeArmondAshbory Bass
         
        4.3

        (based on 31 reviews)

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        • 5 Stars

           

          (20)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (5)

        • 3 Stars

           

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        • 2 Stars

           

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Not For Everyone

        I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years. I bought my Ashbory on a whim and I haven't been sorry. Judging from some of the other reviews I think some folks don't...Read complete review

        I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years. I bought my Ashbory on a whim and I haven't been sorry. Judging from some of the other reviews I think some folks don't realize what they are getting when they buy one of these. I think you either love it or hate it without much in between. I use my for recording and couldn't be happier with it. It has it's faults, i.e. string breakage, intonation, etc. But if you want a bass that sounds equal to an upright, you will put up with the quirks of this bass. I played an upright bass in a college jazz band in the 60's and I can tell you, this little Ashbory has that sound nailed. Just tune down your strings before putting it away and use talc when you play it. it's pure simplicity and a joy to play.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        A novelty at best, a travesty at worst

        I used to be a bass tech for one of the big session and live bass players who's initials are JMJ. Good ol' Justin (oops, that was a giveaway) had a huge...Read complete review

        I used to be a bass tech for one of the big session and live bass players who's initials are JMJ. Good ol' Justin (oops, that was a giveaway) had a huge selection of basses at home and at our warehouse. One of his basses was a lonely bastard child that went by the name of the De Armond Ashbory Bass. It never went on sessions, never got played, had a broken E string... it was the proverbial red-headed step child. One night I decided to give the poor thing a try because I don't believe anyone should be alone on Christmas. I plugged it into one of our best '69 Ampeg SVT head and 8x10 cabs and let her rip! It had the depth, but not the punch or growl that I would have preferred. Then again, I knew that it was not built for that kind of sound. In the end I concluded that anyone serious would not pay the $300 price for it and anyone joking around would find it too expensive for a joke not everyone would get. Bottom line; it's not a serious instrument. For the money, you can get so much more.

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        5.0

        EXCELLENT

        By Balkan Fantasy Orchestra Band

        from Serbia - Croatia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Excellent Bass Instrument
        • Fantastic To Play
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Very Good Quality

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I am professional musician over 45 years ! I owe American Fender Jazz Bass 62 , American Fender Precission Vintage , Personaly I owe Ashbory Bass 5 Years. Its Excellent !

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        "I can't get started with you..."

        By chazmo

        from Marin County, california

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        Basically, the instrument wouldn't tune up at all;
        the strings wouldn't tension and the gear on the "E" string tuning machine failed-the strings simply
        wouldn't get tighter-apparently the instrument I got
        was a fluke, but I've been playing guitar, bass and mandolin for 45 years and I've never seen such a poor design on a stringed instrument; seems like the tuning gears should be much bigger

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A novelty at best, a travesty at worst

        By Matt-aQ7c3

        from Hollywood, CA

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I used to be a bass tech for one of the big session and live bass players who's initials are JMJ. Good ol' Justin (oops, that was a giveaway) had a huge selection of basses at home and at our warehouse. One of his basses was a lonely bastard child that went by the name of the De Armond Ashbory Bass. It never went on sessions, never got played, had a broken E string... it was the proverbial red-headed step child. One night I decided to give the poor thing a try because I don't believe anyone should be alone on Christmas. I plugged it into one of our best '69 Ampeg SVT head and 8x10 cabs and let her rip! It had the depth, but not the punch or growl that I would have preferred. Then again, I knew that it was not built for that kind of sound. In the end I concluded that anyone serious would not pay the $300 price for it and anyone joking around would find it too expensive for a joke not everyone would get. Bottom line; it's not a serious instrument. For the money, you can get so much more.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i started out with this bass

        By bagofpoo7

        from oki

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        its not that bad really! i used it on a guitar amp before and it sounds pretty funky!id rather get ibanez gio bass (what i have now) but yeah,if you have money,GO FOR THIS BASS!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer Bass

        By Gigmaster-d_D8o

        from Cleveland, Tn.

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I've had my Ashbory for a while now, and I won't hardly play any other bass. I am a pro musician, and I use this on all my gigs. The sound is like a good upright bass, only better. You can dial in more punch with the tone knobs if you need it.If you loosen the strings when not using the bass, they won't break so bad (I have yet to break one), and use Cornstarch, or Talc when you play. I've never had any intonation problems with mine, but if you do, it's not that hard to tweak the bridge and get it dead-on.I'd recommend this bass to anyone, without reservations.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for the money

        By John-uBM1V

        from Ohio

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I normally play a ukitar (a 6 string guitar tuned ADGCEA, a 4th above the regular guitar). When I read the reviews of the Ashbory, I decided to try tuning it ADGC, a 5th below the normal bass. Now, the high string doesn't break, and I have a really nice rumble to the lower tones. This is a great little bass. It's a lot harder to slam on, but it's a lot easier to tap on. The strings are very expressive. If you have small hands like I do, this is the perfect bass for you. It's a lot easier for small hands to play. In short, I love my Ashbory and play it quite a bit, even though I am normally the lead guitar (on my ukitar) and/or melodica player for our group.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not For Everyone

        By Iowa-Bassman

        from Central Iowa

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years. I bought my Ashbory on a whim and I haven't been sorry. Judging from some of the other reviews I think some folks don't realize what they are getting when they buy one of these. I think you either love it or hate it without much in between. I use my for recording and couldn't be happier with it. It has it's faults, i.e. string breakage, intonation, etc. But if you want a bass that sounds equal to an upright, you will put up with the quirks of this bass. I played an upright bass in a college jazz band in the 60's and I can tell you, this little Ashbory has that sound nailed. Just tune down your strings before putting it away and use talc when you play it. it's pure simplicity and a joy to play.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Tuners

        By William Garringer

        from Florida in Winter and Ohio in Summer

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        The tuners are (Crap) I had to change them before I could even tune it. The brass gear teeth broke off.They were hard to turn and would not turn enough to tune it. I had to take the post from them and put another gear and knob on them. Hope you have better luck than I did. And the G string broke before I could get it to pitch.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A seductive little treat

        By Hawlywood

        from Southeastern Washington

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I'm a keys player who likes playing bass on occasion, so I'm a very simple player. I love this silly thing (and you will look silly playing it, it looks it was made by Fisher-Price), and will never sell it. It's just too pleasurable to play. The neck is so short, you barely have to move your hand to get where you need to go, and the bizarre rubber strings have a sensitivity to touch that make them extremely expressive, especially in the softer end of your playing range. The idea of being able to stow this near your recording rig (because it's so tiny), and have access to such an interesting range of bass sounds (very warm and acoustic-sounding) by just reaching for this little thing -- well, that's just some kind of heaven for certain bass nerds, I guess. The first time I changed a string, it was a little unnerving -- I was so sure I was going to break the darn thing well before getting anywhere near in tune. But I didn't. It just hangs in there, sounding all sweet and adorable. I played it all night long at a musician friend's birthday party, and it was one of the most effortless playing experiences of my life -- I really could have gone on forever.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        It's Horrible

        By junction-hgUWa

        from Minneapolis

        Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

        I received it okay - no problems there. The g and d strings kept going out of tune (had for four days). But worst of all, the intonation was way out and there's no way to strobe tune this guitar. The twelth fret was almost a whole step lower than the harmonic. Ouch. I wouldn't recommend this bass to any professional musician. If you want to get your kid started on bass - ccol.

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