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ABG with a narrower body?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by baddarryl, Mar 12, 2013.


  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    Hi all. I have a Dean Performer CE. I love it and play it all the time around the house. I have however noticed that I get a little uncomfortable with the size of body with its width. What is out there with a narrower width along the lines of a hollow body or something? I like this Carvin, http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/ac40but not sure about the cash. While tone is important, it may not the be all and end all as my acoustic really is a couch bass. Thank you.
     
  2. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    Anyone?
     
  3. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Then, as you said, just couch, or amp for sure to let it out:D

    http://www.ovationguitars.com/guitars/product/bass_cc2474
    http://www.ovationguitars.com/guitars/product/bass_b778tx
    http://www.ovationguitars.com/guitars/product/bass_nsb778

    Down to amp in particular, for my Eko Florence Acoustic,
    maybe second to only Fender's KingMan for overall uncomfort, I chose this one
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/amp_page13.php?area_id=3&ampl_id=91&year=2013&cat_id=5&series_id=92
    Don't get fooled by it bein' called "guitar combo" it's a veritable
    15" speaker, 80w worth amp with onboard chorus and reverb;)

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  4. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I had the fretless version of that Carvin. It's fantastic and deserves more than couch noodling, which is why I sold mine.
     
  5. bearfoot

    bearfoot

    Jan 27, 2005
    schenectady, ny
    Washburn, and Godin make basses like them. They're really more EAB's than ABG's, if there is such distiction -
     
  6. woodyng

    woodyng

    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    I just picked up a used ac40 fretless,and am really impressed with the design,build quality,feel,and sound of this bass. I am working with some clackiness,(not used to the piezo pickup and it has labella tapewounds that seem kind of dead),but i love it. Completed ebay sales on these tends to show them going for less than half what they would cost new,and actually the new price isn't at all bad,when you consider how well built this thing is. It is super light,and like i said very comfortable feeling.
     
  7. Carvin is notorious for low resale value. I'm sure you could find a used AC40/AC50 for a really great price. Just keep on looking!
     
  8. woodyng

    woodyng

    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    A really nice ac40 just sold on ebay for $455 plus $100 shipping. Bookmatched flame maple top,sunburst. I picked mine up,with a nice G&G/Carvin tweed case and carvin leather strap for even less. An ac50 just sold right here on talkbass for about the same.....this is an incredible deal,if this is sort of the sound you are looking for. With the labella tPewounds on it,the fretless version sounds very much like an URB.
     
  9. I bought an AC40 fretless back in 98 when they first came out. Fit and finish are superb. The narrow body makes it easier to hold and play while sitting especially, since this is how I play about 90% of the time. Narrow body eliminates much of the feedback encountered while playing live in high volume settings. It will make you want to take it out and play. As already stated, you can get them used for very good prices.
     
  10. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I think the Washburn AB-10, Oscar Schmidt OB100N and Fender BG-29 are thinner than most jumbo bodied ABG's. The Oscar being 3.5". There's another very thin bodied ABG but I can't thing of the name at the moment. I want to say Alvarez.

    And Bearfoot is correct. There's a difference between a semi- hollow body EAB (chambered) and a deep bodied, totally hollow body ABG. The Carvins are the former. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
     
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The Carvin ACs are very nice instruments and sound great amplified, but have no acoustic volume. Of course, no ABGs have good acoustic volume, but the deeper the body, the bigger the acoustic sound. If you don't care about that, the Carvin is the way to go.
     
  12. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    My AC40 was quieter unplugged than my electrics.
     

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