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Acoustic Bass Reccomendation

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rbuist, Aug 9, 2012.


  1. rbuist

    rbuist

    Jul 29, 2012
    Hey all,

    I know acoustic basses are notorious for sounding too tinny and not deep enough, but I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a particular model that overcomes the stereotype.

    I'm playing in a new band that's doing a bluegrass/folkish vibe and I really don't want to go about getting an upright- I definitely couldn't afford one and I just don't wanna go through the hassle of transporting one around. I can play my P bass with flats for any shows that we have PA support, but it'd be nice to have a solid acoustic bass to bring around without worrying about supplying power to an amp.

    Any ideas? Or is the money I would have to spend on a good one not worth what I'd get in volume?

    -Ryan
     
  2. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    I have 2 that are VERY good and not tinny at all (when amplified)...as a matter of fact, they sound awesome on recordings:

    1) Micheal Kelly Dragonfly with TI Chomes
    2) Rick Turner Ren 4 or 5

    either will do you very good!

    if you want more of an upright sound, get the Turner in fretless (which is what I have) and play with the tone control

    these are both really fun to play....the Turner is a bit easier because there are no potential feedback problems and the body is so thin...

    the Kelly sounds awesome as well but the biody is a little wide....

    Neither bass (nor any that I know of) will cut through unamplified though...
     
  3. skychief

    skychief

    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Acoustic basses are notorious for lacking presence/loudness. This is due to the fact that the body would need to be almost as large as a double bass to provide the proper depth of tone.

    I have played many acoustic basses; some of them better than others, but ultimately I was disappointed with all of them.

    Ended up buying a double bass. *phew* close call, tho.
     
  4. Check the classifieds for the Ovation ABG I am selling and let me know if you are interested. It's a pretty nice one.
     
  5. scrimjer

    scrimjer

    May 20, 2012
    i had an ibanez fretless ABG it was ok but thr bridge was try to pull off the body, but any bass you do get you will need to play with a pic un plugged for max volume, just sayin, if im wrong let me know
     

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