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Acoustic Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tchuang, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. tchuang


    Apr 25, 2010
    Hi, I want to get an acoustic bass and I was wondering what people thought. I have a double bass, electric upright, and an electric bass. I have been playing upright for about 7 years and just recently started playing electric(about a year). I am about to go to college and will probably bring my electric or possibly and acoustic if i get one. I was looking at a Tacoma Thunderchief. Are there any other cheaper options that do not sacrifice too much quality, or are Thunderchiefs the best way to go. Should I get a cheaper bass just to see if I like acoustic bass or just go for the Thunderchief? :confused::confused: Are there things that are different for acoustic that I should be concerned about?
    Please give me some comments/ideas
  2. bassplayer83192

    bassplayer83192 Banned

    Apr 19, 2010
    I have only played a few acoustics but I owned a Fender bg-31 and I was pleased :smug:

    The only thing I didn't like about it was that it wasn't a "cut a way" style

    I hope this helps :meh:
  3. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    I have been very happy with my sub-$150 Dean Playmate acoustic.
  4. pedulla-2007

    pedulla-2007 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    I have 2 5-string acoustics. First is an older Epiphone El Captain, and a Michael Kelly studio. The Captain is a feedback monster that screams when I get anywhere near an amp. The MK is greatness acoustically and electrically. The band plays acoustically for 30 minutes before a gig, then when we strap on our electric instruments, playing is almost effortless. I will replace the pickup in the Epiphone someday when I get time.
  5. I can't imagine NOT having an ABG in my collection. And I've owned several over the last decade. my Michael Kelly is my favorite.

    That being said, you WILL have to plug in if you want to be heard when playing with more than one or two acoustic guitars. This is just a fact. No matter the make, no matter the model, no matter what anybody tells you to the contrary. Accept this fact and it will make things less frustrating for yourself.

    Good luck!
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    The Thunderchief is in a class by itself.

    That said, I like the "Performer" model from Dean a lot. The less expensive "Playmate" is OK, but the "Performer" is really excellent for not a lot of dough. Breedlove makes nice ABGs also.
  7. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
  8. joeyjoejoe


    Apr 12, 2010
    i have one of the $350 ibanez acoustics.
    i think the quality is great... the ends of the frets could be filed, but thats about it. much better than the deans i checked out in the same price range.
    the best thing about this one is that the body is pretty big so it puts out a good amount of volume.
    it also has a built in tuner/pickup with some EQ.

    it is probably my most used bass because it sits next to the couch and i pick it up all the time while watching tv.
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I use a Morgan Monroe ABG and love it. Inexpensive, sounds great and well made. $459 with a great hardshell case.


    Also, I played an unplugged gig last week with 2 acoustic guitarists and I could barely hear myself. My ABG is the loudest I have ever played, so amplification is required unless you are playing with a single guitarist IMO.
  10. Tonedeaf Hack

    Tonedeaf Hack

    Mar 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I have an Alvarez RB-30SC. I like it for practice & general plinking, but like nearly all acoustic basses, it needs to be plugged in if you want to be heard in a group, & it's feedback prone.

    The Tacoma Thunderchief is extra nice, but not as thunderous as the hype would lead you to believe, and they ain't cheap, even used. The Olympia OB3CE is the lower priced import version. IIRC both models are discontinued (thanks, FMIC :mad:).
  11. i've been keeping my eye out for an old guild acoustic, in the meantime i've got a beautiful Sigma Martin 4 string acoustic and it's great.

    i had an ibanez previously and it was ok but too quiet unplugged and a little muddy when amped. the Dean acoustics are pretty nice too but i spent a couple bucks more for licensed Sigma Martin copy
  12. amfmsb


    Dec 16, 2007
    I'm also in th market for an acoustic. I am considering the Kingman jazz style. Anyone have experience with it?
  13. oldprussians


    Jan 7, 2008
    United Republic of Europe
    IT Professional!
    I disagree.... Everything into context! But I'll have a private row with you!
  14. oldprussians


    Jan 7, 2008
    United Republic of Europe
    IT Professional!
    If money isn't a problem go for Go for the Thunderchief.

    If it is a 5 string you want:




    If it is a 4 String:


    http://www.thomann.de/gb/hoefner_hab03.htm awesome



    http://www.thomann.de/gb/furch_b_40_cm_nt2.htm mega awesome


  15. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    I've owned most of the production models (yes including the earthwood, thunderchief, martins, etc)

    Deans are spotty on quality

    Ibanez AEB10 is the low cost value bass for used fretted

    Michael Kelly Dragon Fly 5 is the value fretless.

    Nomatter what you buy, you'll be amping with others.
  16. Jazzcat


    Jan 20, 2009
    Titusville, FL
    Just a few Tacoma cautions:

    > Don't let their website fool you...Fender stopped Tacoma production years ago. The "dates" on their Tacoma website update via an automated date stamp. Download the Tacoma catalog from this site and it is dated 2005. Fender's Tacoma site is a heartless, deceptive ruse - they have no shame.

    > The only way to get a Tacoma is the used market.

    > Tacoma 5-stringers are quite rare - practically unobtainium.

    Great ABG if you can get one. I love mine.
  17. travep

    travep Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Austin, TX
    The Thunderchief is in a class by itself.
    I could not agree more. It is the best tone, IMO. Fender bought them a while back, though, and I hear that the support may not be the best...just what I heard, not personal experience.

    I did buy the Michael Kelly and the tone is awesome. It does get too boomy on stage and feeds back pretty bad for me but offers a buttery tone when you find the sweet spot. I really did like the Thunderchief better though...even at twice the price. I probably should have gotten it :crying:

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