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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by narcopolo, Dec 13, 2006.
any recommendations? mine can't even hold its own with an accoustic guitar . . .
A friend of mine has a US made Tacoma Thunderchief he wants to let go. Let me know if you are interested.
That would be a Double Bass!!
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compare the volume of an acoustic instrument between strumming and playing like a bass, aint gonna happen bud
The only thing that cuts through unplugged is an upright.
I played my Tacoma unplugged at a Thanksgiving party with 4 guitars, conga and harmonica. I had to use bronze strings and a pick to be heard, but I was heard. I don't like the tone of the bronze strings, but I traded tone for volume. My wife was on the other side of the room and heard it fine. I got a lot of compliments on it.
I've also played upright at a couple of those kind of parties, and it is louder (when I play mine, when I play my friend's 50s Kay it isn't as loud as the Tacoma, he thinks it is a poorly set sound post), but the Tacoma works fine and is more convenient.
Any acoustic bass can be heard using proper technique. You can't play it like you do with the electric and expect it to cut trough. Picks help, plucking hard like you'd do on an upright helps. I play mine in a band with two guitars, percussion and a singer and I can be heard just fine.
Years ago, I used a friend's Martin B 1, and it cut through fine. I had to put my right hand closer to the bridge where the strings were looser, and that give me a little more presence.
+1. Play more precussively. Like a stand-up. I have an Epiphone/Gibson "El Capitan". Sounds even better with new strings.
I have a Fender BG29 I think that's the model anyway. It doesn't do loud very well. We did an unplugged thing at a radio station in Baltimore and I had to compete with two acoustic guitars and a shaker. I played with a pick and cheated my vocal mic down a little to pick it up better. The pick really allowed me to play harder near the bridge without bottoming out.
I do like the Fender for just sitting around the house and coming up with ideas. I have also used it on acoustic gigs but plugged into an amp. It feeds back like crazy.