acoustic Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by trovan, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. trovan

    trovan Guest

    Apr 15, 2001
    I want to get an acoustic/electric bass and I do not want to spend more than $800.00
    Any suggestions? What make? Which produce the best volume and sound?
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Tacoma Thunderchief...
  3. Kenace14

    Kenace14 Guest

    Dec 16, 2000
    Try Looking at an Ibanez. They are very slim and the acoustic-electric is about 500 dollars.
  4. harley_ou812


    Sep 30, 2001
    Lebanon, PA
    I would highly recommened the washburn AB-34. I looked at many acoustic basses but whenever i layed them i got a very "twangy sound and little volume but then i found a used washburn AB-34 that needed strings but i loved it. So i bought it and ut on som elixer nano webs and it is the best sounding acoustic bass i have heard yet.
  5. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9 Guest

    Jun 20, 2001
    i played a really nice martin the other day ... cant remember the price ....

    the ovations are pretty nice. the takamine i tried was really something .... i dont know the models of any of these ....

    that wasnt much help was it ...... :rolleyes:
  6. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I'll chime in with the Epiphone 'El Capitan'... There's one in a music store a few towns over that plays great and sounds even better. I've heard that these are somewhat hit and miss as far as quality, although between my Jack Casady and the above mentioned El Capitan I'm liking Epi's quality!

  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Another vote for the Tacoma Thunderchief. As far as acoustic volume and tone are concerned, it smokes everything else I've tried: Martin, Washburn, Ibanez, Epiphone, Fender, Dean, Ovation, and yes, Taylor/Klein. It's cheap, too!!!
  8. Catch

    Catch Guest

    Nov 23, 2001
    Ibanez, but they tend to be small, although of course some are bigger then others.

  9. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    Volume wise the loudest I've found were the Tacoma (it felt cheap to me though), and the Fender (its short scale though which can cause a problem, or be a bonus because it makes it more portable). The El Capitan was good quality, but plugged in didn't have much volume at all. I really liked the Talkamine I played... and which is the one I will recommend. Personally I hated the Ovation I played, the bowl back was HUGE and very uncomfortable, but some people like those things.
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    There is only one acoustic bass guitar. The Tacoma Thunderchief. Everything else is a failed attempt at the concept. IMO of course. If you can find one discounted, the Tacoma is the bass for you. Beautiful, great feel, acoustic tone is fantastic (Mine's been recorded mic'ed and it sounds incredible - try that with another ABG) and the electric tone is great, too. I have one of the early ones with a Fishman Prefix Plus preamp, I don't think they're using those anymore unfortunately.
  11. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    The BIG Guild (like a B-30 or something) is the only acoustic bass I'm aware of (other than my URB) that will actually keep up, volume wise, with 2 acoustic guitars without an amp. They're a bit more expensive (The guy was askin 1100 used for the one I played) and they're BIG, but if you really want to play "acoustically" I don't know of anything better.
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    That's the thing about the Tacoma also. It's freaking HUGE. I mean "uncomfortable to play at times" huge. That's what it takes to get acoustic volume.
  13. harley_ou812


    Sep 30, 2001
    Lebanon, PA
    I have played the Tacoma and to me it didnt compare to the washburn. The washburn was louder and i liked tohe sound better... But the only thing i can say is to each his own if we all dug the same thing there would only be one company
  14. trovan

    trovan Guest

    Apr 15, 2001
    Thanks for all of the feedback. I had never heard of a Tacoma. An internet search has led me to several reviews which are all very positive. I will also check out the Guild. I wish there were more stores that carried a selection of acoustic basses so that I can try them. Thanks again
  15. The Sound of the Police

    The Sound of the Police Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Definatly the Regal resonator bass. Hands down. It has better volume and tone than any acoustic bass out there. The elctric model also sounds very good plugged it. The resonator is a metal cone in the body the projects the sound, making it much louder than typical acoustic basses. This also allows for a smaller body. It even looks better than all the other ones. I wanted an acoustic bass but was very unhappy with all that I played. Then I found this and I soon owned one of my own. They sell them for $500 at . This is where I ordered mine and the transaction went quite well.

    The only problems I have with it is that it is a shorter scale (about that of a Gibson bass) and, like all acoustic bass bridges, the intonation is not great past the 12th fret.

  16. harley_ou812


    Sep 30, 2001
    Lebanon, PA
    I have played the regal. it had god volume. But the only thing was it had poor intonation. It may have just been the one tht i tried but hey check it out if it has good intonation i say go for it.