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BEST LOW COST ACOUSTIC BASS

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by unclebass, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Wanting recommendations on an acoustic bass guitar. Don't want to spend a lot of money, will likely not be played for performance very often, but want something that has a decent sound. I've been told by a few people that most cheap acoustics aren't worth owning. Looking for the experience of TB'ers to guide me....
     
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    What's your price range?
     
  3. if you can find the Michael Kelly Club Custom used for a couple hundred you'd be well served. Not as nice as say the Tacoma Thunderchief or others ranging in the north of US$1K club, but I gig with it and get compliments on the tone.
     
  4. unsure, but less than 300-400 if possible.
     
  5. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
  6. bass32

    bass32

    Jan 30, 2012
    Just like with production solid body basses, USUALLY the higher the price the better the chance of getting a good one. Manufacturers will have good years and bad years, but usually the higher price basses give you the better chance of getting a good instrument.
    With that being said, you can still find one at a low cost that you'll be satisfied with. If possible you need to get out to the local shops in your area and check them out first hand. Never mind the name on the headstock. If you like the way one plays, it sounds good and it's in your price range.....buy it.
    Be aware that it will not have much volume on it's own. You might be able to play along with 1 acoustic guitar, but otherwise you'll need an amp.
    Good luck and let us know what you find.
     
  7. Duckwater

    Duckwater

    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Play a bunch of them, pick the one you like. My acoustic bass was $200 and it sounds and feels much better in my hands than the more expensive models I played.
     
  8. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    Are you referring to a double bass/contra bass or a hollow body bass guitar?
     
  9. verycoolname

    verycoolname

    Jan 28, 2013
    VA/PA
    Ubass or a used Kingman.
     
  10. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    I have an Ibanez aeb5e that's a pretty good bass. 200 bucks and it sounds really good plugged in with tapewounds. I never play it cuz I have a ubass, but it's not the Ibanez's fault.
     
  11. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Great point & to each his own. Most folks here hear and need the tone & feel of the expensive.
     
  12. FellowBass

    FellowBass Bass Player Extraordinaire. OK, just ordinaire. Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    Nashville, Tennessee
    I have a Washburn AB10 that I did about a hundred bucks of mods on (bridge, nut, etc.) and strung with nice black tape wounds and it sounds great. Had a buddy of mine borrow it for church this Sunday and I was in the congregation -- couldn't have imagined anything sounding much better in a full live mix.

    EDIT: They're a bit pricey new -- I wouldn't pay that much for one. But I found a used one for $275 and it was well worth that.
     
  13. I've got a Dean Playmate AEB 5'er. Got it new several years ago. It holds tune, intonates, and is loud enough unplugged. They are $200 new.

    Here it is plugged in and recorded with my laptop...
     
  14. standard acoustic bass guitar
     
  15. Gintaras

    Gintaras Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    I have to second the Dean's...have played a few and surprised how well they sound for the money.
     
  16. blastoff99

    blastoff99

    Dec 17, 2011
    Can't agree on the Dean. I ordered one about a year ago, and it was apparent that quality control was, uh, lacking. The bass was unplayable as delivered, and I cut myself on one of the frets. Dean's customer service guy clearly didn't give a rat's behind, and told me that the whole thing was my problem.

    Never again.
     
  17. seang15

    seang15 Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Michael Kelly for sure.
     
  18. BrianMarc

    BrianMarc

    Nov 30, 2011
  19. dcarwin

    dcarwin

    Feb 11, 2013
    SF, CA
    Can you hear a U-Bass around the campfire? (...with three guys on acoustic guitar?)

    I went to GC and got the Dean. ($170-ish) Strung it with TI flats and I'm stoked.
     
  20. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal



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