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by Phil Palombi
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It seems my sweet, innocent, friendly-never-hurt-anyone bass renting website has attacted a very bored hacker. As a result, I have to shut down all email/contact systems for a while.

The silver lining is, this has finally pushed me to re-write the site. The dark underbelly to the silver lining is, well, I don't have a lot of time these days to rewrite the site.

I will do my best to come up with a solution in a timely manner. In the meantime, I disabled the contact form and the ability to create a new account. However, you can still search the existing catalog of instruments. You will not receive any notifications for things like deleting your account, password reset/recovery, leaving feedback, etc...

I apologize for the inconvenience!


Here's the basic idea.

If you are looking to rent a bass, click on "Find a Bass" over there on the left and work your way through to the country and region you are headed to. If you see a listing in a location that you are interested in, expand that listing by clicking "more info" and look for the owners contact information in the listing to get in touch with them. Easy!

You don't actually use this site for any transactions. is here to simply connect you to other kind humans that happen to own acoustic basses.

First of all, THANK YOU! We need more people like YOU! Head over to the link on the left that says "Join" and follow the prompts to create an account. After you create your account, you will then be able to list as many basses as you'd like in your account.

The Rentabass Story

It's getting harder and harder to travel with an acoustic bass these days, as I'm sure most of you know. Since the spring of 2002, I have been renting basses for every date I do on the road, which works out to be over 120 different basses a year. Most of the time the quality is good, but there's been a few gigs where I would have had a better time singing my bass lines!

Google searching for music stores might work for a few major cities, but even then you run the risk of getting a bass that came straight from a factory and wasn't set up by a professional. In my concert rider I began requesting that the bass to be rented for me came from a professional bass player or string repair shop, not a general music store. This one little sentence completely changed the quality of instruments that I now receive. The only trick is finding the professional bass players in each town that we go to.

On one occasion, I had a 10 day tour lined up, but none of the venues were able to locate an instrument. All of our contact people were clueless on who to call or where to look. That's when it hit me. I decided that with the way things were going, we bassists needed a website where we could locate instruments on the road.

I've been fortunate to have played many great basses that came from very nice bass players. They were willing to rent their personal bass (or quality back up). My thought is, if these bassists were willing to rent a bass for my show, they probably wouldn't mind renting their bass out again to the next group that comes through that venue.

If we bassists stick together, we can save ourselves from the hassles of the unforgiving airline industry, not to mention the backpain from carrying flight cases! This is my gift to the bass world. Happy traveling!

Phil Palombi