Vintage Eko 995 Violin Bass c.1960sEko
We dare you to find a bass that sounds as fat as this… Up for sale is an Eko 995 Violin Bass, made in Italy in the mid-late 1960s. The 995 is a 30 inch hollow-body bass with a slim neck profile for easy playability and Eko’s proprietary pickups that absolutely thump. At a feathery 5.10lbs, say goodbye to sore shoulders after long gigs. This one is in great condition for a bass of its age, and it speaks with the wisdom and assertiveness befitting its elder status. Some dings, swirls, and buckle rash serve as a testament to the playability of an axe like this, and the frets show some wear. The finish is checking in several places, but this bass has the heart of a lion and has enough grit to weather many gigs to come. Tonally the Eko 995 is fat and hollow. The neck pickup is reminiscent of an amplified upright, and the slow release is ideal for those looking for a hollow bass tone. Think Paul McCartney on the rooftop, or Dale Davis in his Amy Winehouse days. The Eko 995 is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for something different take a closer look, and ask Les Claypool how he feels about his!