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Traveler Ultra Light Acoustic-Electric Bass with Gig Bag

Don't let a busy travel schedule stop you from practicing. The Ultra Light bass is one of most Traveler's most portable designs yet. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Ultra-Light Bass is Traveler Guitar's lightest, most compact bass offering ever. Weighing just 3 pounds 6.5 ounces and measuring only 33 3/4 inches in length, this 30 inch-scale acoustic electric bass can go anywhere you want to take it. The UltraLight Bass features a custom piezo pickup so you can plug into your favorite amplifier, while the built-in thumb rest and removable lap-rest frame allow you play in comfort, even in the tightest of spaces. High-quality gig bag included.

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- Neck-thru Body: Eastern American Hard Maple
- Fingerboard: Ebonized Rosewood
- Frets: 22-medium
- Scale Length: 30 in.
- Fingerboard Inlays: Vintage Clay Dot
- Neck Width at Nut: 1 3/4 in.
- Body Width:
- Body Thickness-: 3/4 in.
- Overall Depth: 2 in.
- Length: 33 3/4 in.
- Weight: 3 lbs. 6.5 oz
- Pick-up: Shadow Under Saddle Piezo
- Hardware: Chrome 14:1 Gear Ratio (closed gear)
- Strings: D'Addario EXL-166
- Finish: Natural Satin finish
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 39 x 11 x 4 in
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Sound: So, does this sound like my custom P-bass with Wyld neck and Quarter Pounders, etc? No, dun't be redeekuluss!However, when I read "piezo" pickup, I normally think shrill, too much output and no lows.Fear not, while there are certainly highs, it's not brain-surgery top-heavy and there are lows. One nice thing about piezo/crystal pickups is that they are quiet, and this one sure is. I live in a very high density RF environment (near Fenway Park in Boston) where everyone fights noise problems all the time. This was quiet.It's punchy enough, it has balls enough, it's clear enough. More than enough for practicing, even rehearsal. I could even see taking this and a small amp and mic'ing the slot or whatever for a small gig. It plays comfortably, you won't get tired with a 3lb ax and it is decent sounding.You DO need to bring ALL your own tone shaping with you. If you have a bass preamp with effects, that's the one, or your stompbox array. You need something, even if it's just an MXR 5-bander. While the pickup of fingering/handling noise is a bit different than with coil pickups, you might want a noise-gate, too.I really can see gigging this so long as I have a pedal to control my volume and can switch between tone settings on a stomp box to replace doing the same with pots on the instrument.HOWEVER, I am thinking of coming up with an electronics hack for onboard installation. I'm sure I'll figure out a way to have volume and tone, if not an active solution, without it looking hack. Feature: The satin finish is nice, comfortable and my hand doesn't hang up on it like gloss finishes do. It's all Rock-Sugar Maple, from the looks of it. I like RS Maple. It holds up. Being able to use strings you can actually buy without selling your car is nice, too! I'm always a little suspicious of the jack in the strap-nut, but so far, so good. Unless you are ONLY working on positions or exercises and don't care what it sounds like, listening solely for fret buzzing, etc (no matter how long you play, it always comes back to basics: scales and arpeggios!), you really want to amp this, even if only through a little Pignose, like I often do. You can't really hear it otherwise. Ease of Use: Plug it in and go. No controls on board, so there isn't much to screw up! Noiseless pickup (XTAL or Piezo, however you want to say) has zero RF problems, and as mentioned, I'm in a high RF environment. It plays just fine, comes with a wrench so you can adjust the neck seasonally (which is how it is with all instruments, don't kid yourself) and once the strings settle down, is pretty decent. Quality: Overall, pretty good build. The body itself is very nice. I might have done things a little differently with the machines and taken a little different approach with the hardware, but maybe that can be for the "deluxe" version" of the instruments. The finish is a familiar synthetic water-based poly-varnish in satin. Should prove easy to clean, durable and wear pleasantly without chipping, which is why it's used in furniture so much now. No sloppy glueing, parts all seem to fit.I think fret dressing could have been better, especially for this price range. Given what some similar priced products provide in good fret dressing, this is the only "feel" issue. It's not bad, it's just that since I usually play fretless (this is really my zero effort plinking bass now, goodbye yucky Yamaha bass!), I'm especially sensitive to this, and after owning a Peavey Foundation for years, which was far better and still not perfect, this is something I may go to a guitarsmith to let them touch up the setup after redressing the frets to make them faster so I can do my gliding blues thing more smoothly. Value: If you can afford to have an axe like this as a pure practice, "doodling" axe, by all means, it's WELL worth it and will have real value next to your AE Bass, whatever you have.IF you have sufficiently sophisticated electronics to bring, this can also be gigged. You need, at the very least, a volume pedal and eq stomp box, preferably one you can switch between programmed eq's on the fly with your foot. There are NO controls of any kind whatsoever on the bass itself.The sound is clear, tight and noiseless, ideal for gigs in places where you usually pickup RF interference. Besides, a 3# bass is about as non-fatiguing as it gets and is certainly cute!If you have the dough and this is not your primary instrument, absolutely, buy one. For some, maybe it could be a primary, but I can't see that for most players, and especially not gigging players... but it could be fun for some tunes and it's certainly portable enough! Manufacturer Support: Not an issue. The Wow Factor: I love the size, weight and look. It's just as my friends have said: "What? Are you joking? That's really a bass???"I love that! Overall: Okay, I know. It seems like a gimmick bass and I suppose it is. I mean, come on... a 3 pound bass? Real sound? Playability? For this price?For the price of a midrange (and thus sacrificable) axe, there's this crazy bass from Traveler.Imagine my surprise the first time I plugged it into an amp... Even if it was just a little Pignose the first time.Bottom line is that while it's really super-basic barebones, it DOES play decent. It's essentially the "neck-through" part of a bass without the "wings." There isn't even a volume pot. This baby is like stripping out the interior of an old Chevy Vega, putting in a pair of Recarros, dropping in a rebored Buick-6 and new powertrain and going out and challenging people to street race. Which I did in my dumb young days.It just plays and you can amp it. You can take it with you anywhere and even just use a headphone amp so you can always practice and there's very VERY little luggage penalty.The included bag is NOT a flight-case. Just saying.I've been playing bass for 40 years. This is a "toy" that I'm keeping because it exceeded my expectations.
Style of Music: Play nearly anything, but love r&b, soul, serious deep heart-break blues, jazz/fusion, funk and foundation metal. Go figure.
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Overall: When it arrived in the mail, it came in a full-sized bass-shipper carton. Yikes! Bigger than I thought? Inside was a viola guitar sized leaning trapezoid box a few inches thick. Now we're getting somewhere! Well packed, maybe more than needed (?), even had a mylar/foam wrap on it to protect it against thermal shock? It was inside the gig back, which is a wee thing made of what appears to be recycled polypropylene as a woven fabric like medium weight luggage. There is a pretty big pocket on the front for you leg rest and strings and a tuner and cables, maybe a stompbox (get an EQ). This axe is simplicity itself. All maple except the fingerboard. There is a substantial machined ball-end anchor on the top of the neck that is also the pressure plate for the truss rod, wrench included. Action was a little high. Comes prestrung with D'Addario Nickel Full Rounds. I like the sound of those, but not the feel, and like round wounds like to do, they buzz a bit on the frets. Still, they included good sounding, well made strings, not no-name throw-aways. I will replace them with the Half-round/Ground-round Jazz Lights later. The Anchor at the top is solid aluminum. It tensions the strings against a slender Ivorite or similar nut. I may change that out to brass which sounds much nicer. It would be nice if the aluminum headstock replacing anchor was finished a bit more nicely, with softer edges and corners, maybe a wee touch of styling? That would make it much more comfortable. The frets all seem okay but they aren't dressed brilliantly. I don't have the tools or experience to do that, but I can feel that the ends of the fret bars could have been shaped to be faster and smoother. This is not a $79 toy. Everything does fit and the finish is a matte clearcoat, seems like a waterbased poly spray. That's fine. The wood looks good under it. Their logo is actually hot iron stamped into the wood! Yippee-yi-yay! The arrangement of the normal quality Chinese machines is such that you tune from the top, there's no messing with a Steinberger tuning bridge or expensive strings. My fingers are a bit of a squeeze in the small space provided, but i get in there. I never use a thumb rest, so I'm leaning to removing it. The leg rest works and is easy enough to put on and off. The output jack is in the bottom strap button, and the buttons are nickeled steel. The sound is loud and clear as one would expect of a quartz contact mic. There is no volume or tone pot. I suspect that it might be possible to install those in the limited space available with miniature knobs, so that's another thing to look into. It does put out low end, though it's no P-bass. You would do well to get a basic stompbox with EQ and perhaps a gain control so you can have some control where you are rather than at an amp at the other end of the sofa. This is made in China, like so many instruments are. I wonder why this couldn't be done in the US, Canada or Europe for about the same selling price. That is worth something to people. The woodwork and finish are typical "We make it as good as you pay for" Chinese workmanship. It is the little things that more attentive hand labor and perhaps a final inspection QA process more detail/finesse oriented would bring to this item, and those little things are what holds this back from getting 5 stars across the board. Still, THREE POUNDS? For an Electric BASS? You really want to plug in: It's no louder without an amp than any other solid-body is, though you can certainly feel the body working, even on the E string. For pooping around, I use the little Pignose. It works and it would be pretty hilarious to show up to a small party-jam with a tiny original Pignose and this itty-bitty bass over your shoulder. Reminds me of Kwai Chang Caine! Speak softly... and carry an axe! I'm keeping it. It's pretty cool to just have it wherever, at my desk, my bed, watching tv and it's just handy and easy, takes no space and the way it looks in the case, people will think you're carrying a machine gun! Hey, they could soak you for the case separately and extract $40 or so out of you after the fact. That is something they do NOT do, so that's a value-added feature along with the quality strings. Try one. It's better than you'd think, looks to have some obvious mods (as I mentioned) and it definitely will have that "WOW!" factor, kind of like when the Steinbergs and Hohner "copies" came out back in the 80s, but cheaper and sorta cooler in some ways. Steinberger WISHES they could make a THREE POUND ELECTRIC BASS.
Style of Music: If it has a rhythm, a beat, the genre doesn't matter. I am into da funk(!), rock, jazz, oldskool metal, fusion, r&b, hardcore bl
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