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Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass  

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  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard
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True upright tone and playability at an entry-level price.

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

You've always wanted an upright. Call or click today to order.

 
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PalatinoVE-550 Electric Upright Bass
 
3.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great upright for traveling musician.

      A lot of the reviews on here really negative. I've owned this bass for over 5 years now, I've had no issues that aren't my own fault. The only problems I've had due...Read complete review

      A lot of the reviews on here really negative. I've owned this bass for over 5 years now, I've had no issues that aren't my own fault. The only problems I've had due to manufacturing are that the finish is coming off the head and the tailpiece resonates. The finish is coming off because I've banged it up a bit playing it on the go for so long and the resonance is an easy fix. This bass looks incredible and feels great to play. Using the skeleton body is a must and is a fantastic inclusion. The sound is not the thump of an acoustic but I didn't expect it to be. All of the hardware is solid and reliable. The size and weight is fantastic since I play in different locations and often small spots. I would strongly recommend this bass for the price and the style can't be beat.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Interesting Idea, Unfortunately Sluggish Execution

      This instrument has great potential, but you will need to put in a little money into it. Change the stock strings right away. While you are at it, change the pickups too....Read complete review

      This instrument has great potential, but you will need to put in a little money into it. Change the stock strings right away. While you are at it, change the pickups too. If it is not a problem now, it will be problem later on. This mighty be little tricky if you don't know what you are doing,so be careful. There is considerable amount of discussion on this instrument online so i suggest you look into it. It's all about customizing this one, and everyone ends up with quite a different sound.
      It is very enjoyable overall, but the neck could have been a lot more comfortable to play. It's a good instrument to learn how to play the upright, it is a lot more easier to play than a traditional upright. However, it does not at all emulate the slap playing of a traditional bass.
      I say a little too expensive for the value.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good for what it is, but a little pricy

      By rj

      from long island, ny

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Looks Cool

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

      I play piano as a hobby and always wanted an upright bass...needed to go with EUB for space reasons.
      I am really just learning so I can't comment on playability, the sound however lacks punch. I heard getting new strings helps.

      While new at the bass, I am an accomplished woodworker for 20 years and starting to dabble as a luthier, so I can tell you, the construction quality on this is below average. The fingerboard came separated from the neck, so I had to pry it off and epoxy and clamp it for a day.

      Also, my bridge cracked,so i had to trace the pattern and cut a new one on my scroll saw...I mad a few, in poplar, fir, mahogany, and maple to see how various wood densities and grain patterns affect the sound.

      It plays good for me, but if I ever get good, I will probably use it as a template and build my own and then ebasy it.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      palatino VE-550/VE-500

      By 810men

      from Wilmington, Delaware

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Nice Looking

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Stress Cracks Present

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

      Unfortunately I returned this EUB two days after receipt, neck joint had stress cracks right out of the box! Too bad the Palatino is not slightly more expensive-to improve their quality control measures. Unfortunate because this could be a nice instrument if the build was better executed.

      Comment on this review

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great upright for traveling musician.

      By GoatMilkHoney

      from Springfield, MO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Portable
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Flaky finish
      • No hard case

      Best Uses

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        A lot of the reviews on here really negative. I've owned this bass for over 5 years now, I've had no issues that aren't my own fault. The only problems I've had due to manufacturing are that the finish is coming off the head and the tailpiece resonates. The finish is coming off because I've banged it up a bit playing it on the go for so long and the resonance is an easy fix. This bass looks incredible and feels great to play. Using the skeleton body is a must and is a fantastic inclusion. The sound is not the thump of an acoustic but I didn't expect it to be. All of the hardware is solid and reliable. The size and weight is fantastic since I play in different locations and often small spots. I would strongly recommend this bass for the price and the style can't be beat.

        Comment on this review

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        A real shame

        By raygunriot

        from Las Vegas

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        Take it from me and the others who have written about the VE-500, don't waste your time and money.
        Great looks - poor construction.
        The VE-500 upright (in my opinion) is the best looking of any electric upright bass. However the workmanship and parts on this instrument are substandard. I've owned 2 now and both have had issues. The tuners are the worst I've seen on a bass (of any kind). The first VE-500 the tuner key broke off in my hand the first time I tuned it. The second VE-500 I recently owned came in with the fingerboard seperating from the neck. It's too bad because I really wanted to have a cool looking upright on stage, but this is such a poorly constructed instrument.
        Not worth shipping and returning several units to find one good one.

        Comment on this review

        (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Interesting Idea, Unfortunately Sluggish Execution

        By Kivanc Sanli

        from New York, NY

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        This instrument has great potential, but you will need to put in a little money into it. Change the stock strings right away. While you are at it, change the pickups too. If it is not a problem now, it will be problem later on. This mighty be little tricky if you don't know what you are doing,so be careful. There is considerable amount of discussion on this instrument online so i suggest you look into it. It's all about customizing this one, and everyone ends up with quite a different sound.
        It is very enjoyable overall, but the neck could have been a lot more comfortable to play. It's a good instrument to learn how to play the upright, it is a lot more easier to play than a traditional upright. However, it does not at all emulate the slap playing of a traditional bass.
        I say a little too expensive for the value.

        Comment on this review

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By nicechuck-X4Tmg

        from central florida

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        Undoubtedly some of these have quality control issues maybe but mine didn't. It plays great, sounds great and looks great. Not sure if i like playing in on a stand better or not but been playing it on a stand now for a couple years. I love this instrument

        Comment on this review

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great bass!

        By Another_Bassist

        from Bayfield, CO

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        This is a great bass for the price, and great for that transition to an upright. It allows you to listen through headphones which is a great feature. Beyond that it's pretty simple with no frills, just straight boom. I do recommend the warranty. I haven't had any problems yet, but based on other reviews I'm anticipating some, so better safe than sorry!

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        So far I am happy.

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        Got this about 2 months ago. The pickup did split in half the 1st time I started tuning the bass. Not sure exactly what cracked, haven't examined it. The adjustable metal leg at he bottom has a rubber insert for traction. When manufactured, after the tube is cut, the edges are very sharp which makes it grind thru the rubber insert, which means that the contact between your standup bass and the floor is a knife sharp tube, so you can't use it anymore or you will destroy any floor it stands on in no time. Who ever thought of this, is a major idiot and should be fired. Same applies to the imbecile who came up with the pickup design. I had to find some other rubber insert for the leg. But over all, so far, for the money I paid, I am pretty happy. It looks good and sounds ok. My friends are impressed. Hope it stays this way.

        Comment on this review

        (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        DO NOT BUY!!!

        By Reprobate

        from Kansas City

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        I got this a week ago and it looked so cool and the reviews were great. As soon as i opened the box i had to assemble it. So while i was putting the bridge on the pickup split in half. It still worked but that just irritated me. And, there was a LOT of feedback. It was even uncomfortable to hold. On top of that the neck had this black stuff that whenever I touched the bass it would make me look like I was covered in coal. After about a day of owning it, it needed to be tuned. So while i was tuning it the 30 cent piece of metal holding everything together at the bottom broke. Piece of crap. Don't buy. Trust me.

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Beautiful bass but falling apart

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass:

        I was very excited to get the Palatino VE-550....great price, good looking bass, sounds good. After two months, however, the sides began to crack and separate from the front and back. After that a buzz developed on the G string which I traced to a cracked weld in the extremely lightweight tailpiece. No instructions on setup or adjustment were included or available on their website. Am sending it back for warranty but am planning to trade up to a more substantial unit. Highly recommend getting the 3 year warranty if you go this way.

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