I'm currently playing a Tacoma Thunderchief as my primary bass, and I intend to be buried with it. It does almost everything I need, and it sounds great plugged and unplugged with the exception of minor feedback at high volumes when plugged in. Also, I sometimes worry about cost and ability to replace it when bringing it to gigs if it were to get damaged or stolen.
I was shopping for an amp in a local music store when I came across this: http://www.tanglewoodguitars.co.uk/p...ss/TAB1CE.html
... used for $200 US. Tanglewood ABGs are not common in this area (I think they sell them in Canada, not too far away...), so it's not an everyday find. The unplugged tone and volume is not quite as good as the Thunderchief, but it's not too bad all things considered. The action on the Tanglewood is low and fast and it sounds good plugged in, so I'm thinking it would be good to fit it with tapewounds and a soundhole cover and use it at gigs, where if it gets damaged or stolen I won't cry. I'd keep the Thunderchief strung with roundwounds for maximum acoustic volume, and use it for jamming with friends in safe environments.
So I'm looking for advice from regular ABG players -- what do you think, should I:
1) Buy the Tanglewood and proceed as above, or
2) Look instead for a low-budget semi-acoustic less prone to feedback for playing gigs, or
3) Stop the distracted GASing since the Thunderchief is all I really need for the acoustic-type music I play, and get back to shopping for an amp.
If #1, is $200 a good price for used Tanglewood ABG in decent shape (without case included)?
If #2, I'd welcome suggestions for a decent semi-acoustic in the $300 range.
If #3, again I'd welcome suggestions on a good amp for ABG tone for playing small rooms (1x12?).
(And please, for those who don't believe in ABGs, that topic has been done to death =)