Acoustic Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by craigc, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. craigc


    Sep 27, 2004
    Can anyone recommend a quality Acoustic bass for a resonable price. Want one to practice with when I travel.
  2. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Crafter BA-400, strung with Thomastik acoustics
  3. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    What range qualifies as a decent price?
  4. craigc


    Sep 27, 2004
    $300 to $500
  5. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Try to find a used Carvin AC40. Light, thin, good tone. Awesome stuff.
  6. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    These are really cool basses but they are next to silent when played without an amp. How about a Thunderchief from Olympia by Tacoma?
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I have a michaeil kelly fretless (they have fretted also) that I'm really happy with. they can be bought new on ebay for around $300. the ones they sell on ebay are supposed to have a little cosmetic flaw. the only flaw i ever found on mine was an almost microscopic paint bubble on the underside of the neck. less of a flaw than i think any other bass i've ever bought new.

    I also have a Carlo Robelli that I won about 8 years ago. I've knocked the hell out of it and taken it everywhere including a weeks worth of camping in heavy rain and it still plays beautifully. Louder than the Michael Kelly unplugged, MK definitely sounds better plugged in. I use the CR at a weekly gig plugged in though, and nobody's ever complained. Great action on it too. I think if you find the right one, they're worth more than their weight in gold.

    My $.02.
  8. Steve-O18


    Feb 19, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    +1 for the Micheal Kelly.

    A buddy of mine bought a prototype Micheal Kelly bass for 200$ last year and it sounds incredible unplugged. It had no problem coming through in a jam situation with 2 or 3 acoustic guitars. Really great instrument.