accopustic-electric strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Rune Weber, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. Rune Weber

    Rune Weber

    Jul 19, 2003
    I have an Ovation accoustic electric bass I hav e had the original bronze strings replaced with Fender tapewrapped and with a set of Fender bronze accoustic strings (have had the bass for two months) so far the sound sucks (I realize that it is not an electric, but I have heard a couple of street players using a-e's that did not have a dull crappy sound. When it is plugged in the sound is very nice-especially with the tape wrapped. What are my alternatives when I play unplugged?
  2. melon


    Sep 26, 2004
    Ovations that i have played unplugged HAVE sounded very dull. In fact, most accoustic basses i played sounded dull or without decent sustain. Small body - Small sound. :)

    the melon
  3. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I have a Michael Kelly, and found the same lack of thump. It's not a dull sound... just a small sound...

    By itself, it has a great, warm tone, however it's still a small body, as compared to a Double Bass, or a Guitarron. I run mine trhough a tube-based mic pre-amp, and then usually into a small 30 watt amp or direct into a sound system. Same rich, warm tone, but amplified.
  4. rolnaldo33


    Mar 24, 2004
    i play a michael kelly frettless and to save the frettboard i opted for tapewound strings. they pretty much have no sounds whatsoever unplugged but they sound awesome plugged in. i have yet to find a string that does best in both worlds (they're La Bella's tapewound btw)