Acoustic Bass For Vacation

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chjohnst, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. chjohnst

    chjohnst Guest

    Nov 24, 2008
    I am going to Jamaica next week for my wedding and will be away for 10 days. My buddy (guitarist in my band) is coming of course and we want to bring an acoustic guitar with us to practice and have some fun on the beach and entertain some friends who will be with us. I have an acoustic guitar which I play seldomly (usually to help write music), but I was considering buying an acoustic bass to bring with me for the trip. Nothing too expensive, something I can take with me whenever I travel and use to practice at home with sometimes.

    I see on the GC site there are some from a company called Dean, I dont know much about them but they look affordable (225 dollars). There is also an Ibanez and a Fender which is a little bit more money.

    Also I play both 4 string and 5 string electric bass. The 5 string basses looked to be tuned with EADGC, instead of with a LowB? Should I keep it simple and get a 4 string?

  2. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Guest

    May 26, 2008
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The choice is yours my friend. As far as acoustics go, I've heard good things about Dean ($170 to $225). They sound good and are affordable. I've also heard great things about the Michael Kelly basses ($325 to $ ???). I own a Rogue that I bought, used and mismarked, for $135... One of the better deals of my life. :D

    BTW... Jamaica; you lucky B@ST@RD! Congrats.
  3. Don't know where you are located - but if you want to grab a case you can Borrow my Epi El Capitain.

    Edit: Of course if this is a good excuse to acquire another Bass then - please proceed - I like the Epi - got deal on it on Craigslist - might want to take a look there first.
  4. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    As I recall, the Dean ABG's have a good rep here on TB. They make a Playmate, and a Performer model, the later being the more expensive.
    I think the Playmate also has a cutaway and a non-cutaway body style.
    Two octave board too.
  5. johnnyflats

    johnnyflats Guest

    Dec 31, 2008
    Manchester. uk.
    congrats on the wedding.
    I cant see your new wife being overly impressed with you playing bass with your mates on your wedding night ( unless you have a very decent lady ).
    My wife cant stand me playing bass at anytime of the day ( miserable bitch ).
  6. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz

    Chris....bringing your "buddy"/guitarist on your honeymoon is a pretty bold move.

    What about your drummer? You cant neglect drummers' feelings.

    Anyhow. Dean acoustics sound pretty good for the money (I'd avoid high end if youre knocking around the beach)
  7. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom Guest

    Sep 8, 2008
    well, i dont think its his honey moon, just his wedding, and i assume you will be there for a while, no? and i mean come on, a whole _________ (insert number of days) without a bass, no way man
  8. chjohnst

    chjohnst Guest

    Nov 24, 2008
    I think for the price the Dean seems to the best deal, I just dont mind spending a little bit more if there is a better quality instrument for the right price. I was thinking of going down to GC to see if they any, I know an acoustic bass can be hard to find in music shops.

    My drummer is going to be there, both the guitarist and drummer in my band are my groomsmen. We are actually bring a bongo with us for him to use for percussion. A real small one that can fit in a carry on bag.

    Without going to deep into my personal life, its actually my wedding + honeymoon all in the same trip. I have about 36 people going (including my lady and myself). I have some friends and family staying for the entire length of the trip which is 10 days total. As far us bringing our instruments my fiance (well wife once we are there!) does not mind at all! I wouldnt be marrying the woman if she gave me sh!t for having a passion in life.

    And yes 10 days without a bass is no joy considering I play daily for at least 1-2hrs. I cant put the darn thing down :)
  9. chjohnst

    chjohnst Guest

    Nov 24, 2008
  10. Jim Powers

    Jim Powers

    Mar 19, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    While you're at GC check out the Fender Victor Bailey acoustic/electric. They may have a 5-string on the floor.
  11. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    In the past I've read that some ABG "B" strings are useless. More so while played unlpugged. You might want to take your buddy with you, and have him play the bass while you listen from a distance. Or, if there's a bass player working the floor, have him do it.

    Also remember; set up on an ABG is directly related to acoustic volume.
  12. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    I played all 3 at GC and thought that the Dean was the loudest and sounded better than the Ibanez and as good as the Fender. I am presently looking for an ABG and have the Dean on my short list.

    Get the 4 string Dean but buy the one you play. I have read about inconsistencies in manufacturing with the Deans so don't let them give you one out of the warehouse unless you play it first. :hyper:
  13. I've owned several ABG's and the Michael Kelly in my sig is definitely the best of the six or seven that I've owned.....a definite keeper! I wouldn't take it to the beach really is a very nice instrument. I might go with the Dean for the beach.

    My advice.....get a fretless and put a set of tapewounds on it. And, if you're planning on keeping it later, make sure it's got a pickup in because you won't be able to jam with more than one or two acoustic guitars without plugging in.
  14. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    First off.... congratulations!

    Second... I have a Tacoma ABG, great for what it is, but if you've not played an ABG before, be warned that the volume is low, very low. As in if you're playing outside on the beach with other folks with the surf in the background and the wind blowing... no one will hear a single note you play.

    Here's another option... this is what I did on my last vacation...
    I'm not saying this is for everyone, but you should at least consider it.
  15. N8116B

    N8116B Guest

    Jan 14, 2008
    Do keep it simple and just get the 4-string. I have played as many acoustics that I can get my hands on. One thing I noticed is that price has nothing to do with performance of an acoustic bass. I have played ones that are over $1000 and they sounded no where near as nice as my $350 Ovation CC2474.

    I have played the Micheal Kelly's and they sound nice and are loud as my ovation. Yesterday I was goofing around while my guitar player was trying out 12-strings, with a Samick 4-string acoustic bass. That was a pretty nice bass too and was in the $300 range.

    Just makes sure that if you do opt for an acoustic that it does have a pick up on just in case you decide to play with a couple of people in a jam.
  16. chjohnst

    chjohnst Guest

    Nov 24, 2008
    I think I am going to stick with a 4 string. What kind of strings do you usually put on an acoustic? I see these bronze/phosphorus strings? Lots of reviews say they will be really bright and "zingy". Not sure if thats the sound I want, I mean I dont want it to sound like a guitar would prefer to have it sound like a bass should sound.
  17. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I had a Dean Playmate and it was a surprisingly nice bass for the price. I would definitely recommend it. I only sold mine because I won a Tacoma Thunderchief in a drawing.
  18. N8116B

    N8116B Guest

    Jan 14, 2008
    I put TI-Flats on mine. Less string noise and it still sounds great!
  19. chjohnst

    chjohnst Guest

    Nov 24, 2008
    Flat wounds, dont those sound kind of "jazzy"?
  20. lavmonga


    Jul 27, 2007
    New York, NY
    I've owned 2 michael kelly's, you can get a used one for 2-300 bucks and they sounds great!