Christopher Bass DBG
(Double Bass Guitar)

Review/Demo by Steve Araujo
at The Bass Hang

Bass Gear Magazine Review
July 2018
The Christopher Bass DBG is wonderfully innovative, but also makes so much sense. It absolutely delivers on its design goals – to offer the tone and feel of an upright in an “electric bass-sized” package – and it is flat-out enthralling to play. The tone, both amplified and acoustic, is as impressive as its looks. The quality of construction is at a very high level, and considering the amount of effort and hours that go into building an instrument like this, the price is extremely reasonable. This is an amazing instrument, from any angle.

Designed to answer the age old question "how can I make my electric bass sound more like a double bass?"  The Christopher DBG is a fully carved, arcthop acoustic bass with a 34" scale lenth.  It uses real double bass strings and a state of the art dual piezo pickup and pre-amp system to packs as much Double-Bass tone and feel as possible into an electric bass sized instrument.

-Carved Red Spruce Top and Curly Red Maple Back
-Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, Tailpiece and Head Plate
-D'Addario Helicore Double Bass Strings
-Dual Piezo Pickups with On-board Preamp
-Genuine Mother of Pearl Inlay (not decal)
-Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish

Christopher Bass DBG+
(Double Bass Guitar Plus)
Deeper body made with traditional bent sides.

Building a DBG
Where does a Christopher Bass start?  The picture to the left is the answer, it starts with a tree.  An Adirondack Red Spruce tree to be exact.  This picture is from 2003, and that's me, Dave Smith, taking a core sample from the largest red spruce tree I've ever found.  Many of the basses I'm making today use wood from that tree!

If you are interested in learning more about how the Christopher Bass Guitar DBG is built, click

Christopher Bass, VM-1
The Christopher VM-1 is both Vintage and Modern at the same time.  A state of the art bass guitar with timeless looks.  It's lineage can be traced from modern iconic basses such as the Fender Precision, Rickenbacker 4000 series, and Danelectro Longhorn to 1920s era Gibson f-5 Mandolins and Banjos.  Classic style, beautiful and aggressive looking, without being over the top makes the VM-1 at home on any stage from rock-n-roll to blues and jazz.