High-End Fretless Acoustic Basses

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  1. Lobaw

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    I've been on the hunt for a high-end, 4 string, large body, fretless acoustic bass that has a very upright sound. I've seen a lot of threads discussing different basses, but nothing about what's currently available in this market range, short of going to a boutique builder for a one-off. I've tried the usual basses: Rob Allen, Rick Turner, etc. and they all sound great, but they're not what I'm looking for.

    So, I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for a production bass with these qualities.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. spade2you

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    Full acoustic or semi-acoustic?
     
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    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    I think the Rob Allen's will get you the closest. The only other I can think of is the one that Alain Caron uses (I can't remember the make of it though).
     
  4. Lobaw

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    What I had in mind was a large body acoustic. I guess it would be a full acoustic, with a piezo of some kind.

    I was under the impression that there were several production basses that had these qualities, but fewer are being made today. I'm just running into a dead end locating anything other than the boutique basses - which, of course are very nice.

    Here's one bass that I like quite well, but it is a one-off:

    http://www.markbass.it/artist_detail.php?id=81

    Check out the video located second from the bottom on Ralf Gauck's artist page. I know that it's a one-off, and if I ultimately need to go in that direction, I'm hopeful that I can find a builder closer to Seattle.

    Thanks, again, for the help.
     
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    While ABGs aren't quite my thing, if I were to get one, I'd probably hit up KR Guitars. He's hasn't built an ABG yet, but has built acoustics and basses.

    I got this about two weeks ago. Well, I guess it's almost a bass since it's a 27-25" scale tuned low B to high E. I'm currently working out the logistics of a 28.6" scale 12 string tuned B-B that I can easily capo the 5th fret.

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    Regardless of maker, I highly recommend a forearm bevel for comfort. I really dig the B-Band pre with the UST (piezo) and AST (soundboard pickup).
     
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    Bill Laswell's most recent record is solo acoustic bass (for the most part) and he gets great tone out of a Warwick Alien. Check it out.
     
  9. Lobaw

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    Thanks for all of the responses. They were very helpful in finding other posts and threads I missed, when I posted this thread. And there are some really nice acoustic basses out there. I guess the take home message is that I'll need to have a bass built, unless I can find one of the older high quality production basses.
     
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    Also, Taylor used to
    Make a big body bass that had the similar offset sound hole.
     
  11. pklima

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    I've seen a Ribbecke Halfling bass for sale. Also some Fylde ABGs, though I think all of them had frets.

    Vinny Colletti has a very nice looking fretless archtop bass for sale with a big body, but it does have a magnetic pickup at the end of the fingerboard so I'm not sure how much it's meant to be used acoustically. A few months ago I asked him about this - he has one in stock and was willing to cut quite a deal on it.
     
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    This has a very "upright" sound:

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    + a million, if you want an upright sound just get yourself an upright. No ABG will sound like an DB. Not only does the DB push more air; the scale length and the playing technique also contribute to the distinctive sound.....
     
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    My home made bass sounds like a DB. Waiting to find a fretless neck to make a into one of these. Plenty of volume, small and a conversation piece.
     
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    Here is an interesting comparison of ABG's:
     
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    +1 for the Azola Deco Bass. You would have to find one used. Steve isn't making basses anymore. Top notch basses.
     
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    Wow! That Ribbecke is really sweet
     

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