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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by clockworkwar, Apr 4, 2006.
Is an Acoustic Bass a good investment? Can anybody give me some sound samples of some?
Good investment? Probably not from a finacial standpoint. Here is some sound samples of my $200 Johnson.
(melody part with chorus effect)
I like them for certain recording situations, a unique sound you can't really duplicate with anything else.
It's a good investment if you want something to play while you're sitting on the couch. It won't be loud enough to be heard unplugged if you're playing with other people.
That said, I get a lot of use out of my cheapo ABG (while sitting on the couch).
Not too many people talk about it but the Only 5 String
Bass Jaco Played was his Acoustic
Built in 1974,
It featured a 34"-scale fretless neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with maple veneer fretmarkers, Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a spruce top. Jaco strung it with Rotosound roundwounds.
If you can, check out some Jonas Hellborg material as well. He is one of the few people using ABGs to thier fullest.
i'm not a big fan of acoustics. I mean they ahve an awesome sound but are a real pain in the neck to keep in tune. The guys who work at my local music shop have to retune every acoustic bass in their entire diplay stock so that the neck doesn't warp. I mena they retune their diplay instruments anyway but these are every 12 hours. Go for it if you feel like retuning but overall i say go for it!
I was going to school in Fla, in 1975.
Got to know Jaco a little, this bass was tuned EADGC.
I have a Fender GB-41 SCE AGB. It is the first bass that I've owned. It's BIG but I've learned to handle it. No, I'm not as fast and clean on it as my solid body bass, but the AGB is a lot of fun to play. Plug it into an amp and it has a very sweet sound. Everyone that hears it this way always comments how much they like the sound. Then they ask, "How the hell do you play that thing? It's so big!"
As for the unplugged loudness, it's okay but gets drowned out by 6 string acoustics. That's why I recently bought a Pignose 30 portable, battery operated bass amp. Now, I can join into a nice earthy jam outside with guitar players and still be heard without straining.
Great! il think about getting one at £250 kinda cheap but i dont think i need anything else really.
I was going to reccomend looking into some of Jonas's stuff, acoustics can be great fun to play with, especially if you can mic them up!
anyone had expereicned of tanglewood acoustic basses?
as it happens someone has organised a sort of guitar roadshow at work (yes during work time!!!!) and tanglewood are coming along + local retailer with a whole bunch of stuff for people to try out....so I was thiking I might check them out...
Sounds very cool! Any idea of whats the best cheapish acoustic bass? £200-£350
well if I get my hands on any tanglewood acoustics I will post my impressions at weekend....
i got my Wasburn AB-20 today.. Plugged it in and tested it a bit!
Great first impression, can´t wait to try it live this weekend.
and how do I know if it has a Piezo?.. Can´t open it...
Great! Its a sum up of getting an Acoustic or getting a 5 string Ibanez i think il go with the acoustic as it just sounds better for blues and stuff.
Probably not. I mean, an acoustic guitar would have that tradition blues vibe in there somewhere if you get it setup right, but no acoustic bass is going to have a traditional blues vibe on it (in what context?). Unless you get one of those electro acoustic deals (like a turner or allen) to mimic the sound of an upright.
Just thought I would let you know that. The ibanez might be the way to go if you can get a decent jazz or P sound out of it. That said, I got a Kramer Ferrington, and had a Thunderchief which both do decent for what they are.
And, I could be wrong.....
I already have a P bass, im not talking about the old time stuff im talking about the more lively modern stuff, with guitars and acoustics and stuff i thought it sounds good for it.
Well, if you can try one in that scenario. When everything is mic'ed, they come across differently.
Check out the Doolin Acoustic bass.....
I dont think acoustic basses would be worth investing in for financial gain but i guess their cool if you want to jam by the camp fire.