acoustic/electric bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Itzayana, Dec 19, 2012.


  1. Itzayana

    Itzayana

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    Oakland Ca
    I have been playing more and more acoustic shows and think it is time to get an acoustic/electric bass.
    I am looking for some recommendations from owners.
    I will likely by a used one in the 400-800 range.
    thanks.
  2. fretlessguy

    fretlessguy

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    West Memphis/Marion area, AR.
    If you are doing a semi-acoustic show (where everybody just plugs their acoustics into the PA or and AMP) then an ABG will do fine. However, for a pure acoustic experience, they simply are not loud enough.
    The best alternative is to get a guitarrone or an upright.
  3. Wadge

    Wadge

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    Malta (small island in the Med
    I have a fretless Da Capo. I'm not sure that you get them in the USA but I quite like mine. It has a good fishman pickup and gets the job done. I used to have a fretted Tanglewood which was decent also. I sometimes wish I had a fretted ABG for practice.

    Aside from the acoustic shows, its convenient to have an ABG around when you want to practice without having to plug in. You can just pick it up from a stand and go and the volume will be low so that you won't bother anyone else in the house.
  4. RxFunk

    RxFunk

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    Arizona
    I used to have a Washburn AB-10, I liked it pretty good, but it's really quiet not plugged in.
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  6. Wallace320

    Wallace320

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    Milan, Italy
    The first one I actually got, and it's fine: EKO Florence
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    The second one's authoritative alternative: Cort SJB5F
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    New, they both come at lower side of your price range

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  7. bluebird28

    bluebird28

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    Tacoma. WA
    Have you checked out the Ovation line of AEBG's, I have been told that they project sound very well. I just bought one used and have been working on it to get it ready to play, new strings and a new pre amp ordered.
  8. MD

    MD

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    Location:
    Marin Co. CA.
    New or used, That budget puts you in the Takamine G series,
    upper tier Michael Kelly, Boulder Creek, Warwick Alien and Breedlove basses. Probably others as well. A nice selection to choose from. Play as many as you can.

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