Acoustic Bass Guitar Experience/Suggestions (Boulder Creek vs Warwick Alien; or Other suggestions)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by The Gear Guru, May 15, 2018.

  1. The Gear Guru

    The Gear Guru Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    I've been looking into buying an Acoustic Bass Guitar. Looking for something to play outside in the good weather with (unplugged) and also gig with (plugged into an amp). Jam with a guitarist/possibly hand drummer. I've done some research and like the sound of both the Boulder Creek EBR1-TB4 and also the Warwick Alien Standard 4 string. Looking for 4 strings, good build quality and something that sounds great/professional. At the moment leaning towards the Warwick Alien due to the 1.5" nut vs Boulder Creeks 1.75" nut. I don't have any way of testing these before I buy, so I'll probably just jump into it. Any help or experience playing either of these or others would be appreciated!

    Best,
    Stephen
     
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  2. Briton

    Briton

    Apr 4, 2009
    London,England
    I haven't tried the two ABG's you have mentioned but have tried plenty of others in that price range. I opted for the Fender Kingman which felt the most comfortable with the neck basically being a Jazz neck of which I am used to. This Bass is made in China which did put me off before I tried one, but the reviews online stated that the build quality is excellent which I confirmed once I tried one. It sounds great with La Bella White Nylon Tapewounds.

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  3. If you can find a year 2000 to 2002 Olympia by Tacoma, you won't regret it. Quite affordable in the used Market. IMG_7979.JPG
     
  4. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I have no experience with the Warwick, but the Boulder Creek is on my short list of ABGs that sound good and have at least some minimal acoustic oomph. I'd add the Breedlove Pursuit or Atlas to your list, especially in light of your neck width preference.
     
  5. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Will this really hang with an acoustic guitar and hand drum? The one I tried was one of the quietest ABGs I've encountered.
     
  6. Briton

    Briton

    Apr 4, 2009
    London,England
    I tried mine acoustically at my local store with a piano and one of the staff banging on a tambourine and it was cutting through both of them.
     
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  7. The Gear Guru

    The Gear Guru Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    I appreciate the input guys! I might head to the music store to try the Fender Kingsman. The Olympia Tacoma is intriguing too.

    Best,
    Steve
     
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  8. Yes, it is a Set-neck and has a Fishman Preamp, and the neck is much like a '64 Precision. (I have both) Good Luck!
     
  9. The Gear Guru

    The Gear Guru Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    I ended up going with a 2002 Olympia by Tacoma acoustic bass. Found one for a decent price and it seems like what i’m looking for. Anyone know where to get a hardshell case for it? Thanks again for your guys’ help in deciding.
     
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  10. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
  11. jdthebassman

    jdthebassman play to live live to play Supporting Member

    I would go with a guild B- 30 best one out there.