I just got this in February '09--what this beauty is is a custom-made Electric Upright Bass, or EUB for short.
It was handmade by Jesse Blue, owner/founder and amazing craftsman of ERGO Instruments,
based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.(check out his page above, and his ERGO MySpace page)
Jesse makes many different kinds of instruments with any number of strings on them,
and his rates are phenomenally low for such quality custom instruments You need to check these out!.
These exceptional instruments are just beautiful, sound great and feel and play great, too.
It took Jesse just over a month to build, fit to a cymbal stand (that holds it up,) and get the custom string gauges.
Mine is an 8-string model. It measures approximately 57" in total length,.with a 42" scale just like any full size
acoustic string bass has. At it's widest, the neck is perhaps 4", and it is surprisingly light in weight.
The string tunings, from low to high is F#-B-E-A-D-G-C-F.
That lowest note is at the extreme limit of human frequency response perception, at an astonishing
depth of 23.12 Hz or so. This is so deep a note that it is mostly felt and not really heard--most speakers can't
accurately reproduce it. So why exactly did I get this configuration?
"Because LOWER is GOODER."
I also got a Carlo Robelli CR32B French 3/4 size Bass Bow, a full-size German Bass Bow, both made of Brazilwood, and some Pop's Bass Rosin for it. I'm re-learning to bow the bass!!
Also, finding a carrying case for this instrument was a bit of a challenge because
of it's unusual proportions, but I ended up finding an Anex SnowBoard Bag that fits it perfectly!
Here's a pic of me playing the Ergo live at the Wine Lover's Bar in Ventura, Ca: