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"Acoustic Contrabass" in Bass NW: Is this a joke?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackbird, Jul 8, 2005.


  1. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    I've seen those referred to elsewhere, so no, I don't think it's a joke.

    Personally, I'd love to try one, even though I have a perfectly good ABG. Nylon-string guitar was my first love, and this looks kinda cool, even if it's not something you'd play all the time.
     
  2. gilbert46

    gilbert46

    Sep 21, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    if you look at in scale to the 810 behind it, it looks a lot less guitar like....
     
  3. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    Look up Bajo Sexto on the 'bay - same gig.

    I think it would be more accurately called a contraguitar than contrabass.
     
  4. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
  5. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Sounds and looks good. I want one.
     
  6. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Probably "contrabass guitar" is more accurate. Remeber, the instrument you play is a bass guitar, and the one the jazz guys play is a bass viol.;)
     
  7. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    I guess the etymology is what is throwing me...

    These strike me as acoustic basses as the low fundamental is E and as such are not 'contra' to a bass - being in opposition or contrast to a bass - they ARE a bass.

    If anything below the bottom line of the bass clef staff defines something as 'contra' then I buy into that.

    :confused:
     
  8. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Apparently there also exists a guitar referred to as a bass in this family of nylon-string instruments, which, confusingly, is closer in range to what most electric guitarists would consider a baritone.

    http://www.hago.org.uk/guitars/bass/index.html

    Thus the contrabass is so called because it goes lower than this one. It is confusing, you're right.
     
  9. BassFelt

    BassFelt

    Mar 26, 2002
    I've tried similar instruments in Spain, both 4 and 6 string.
    The 6 sting has a guitar-like narrowish spacing. I prefer the 4 string models. The sound is very nice, but don't expect a lot of volume. Suitable for acoustic music (duh?). Nylon bass string need to get used to, since they kinda "roll" under your picking fingers. The scale is shorter than a Fender.
     
  10. bassaussie

    bassaussie

    Oct 6, 2001
    Portugal

    Yeah, same here in Portugal, especially the 4 string. They're really nice to play, easy to get around on, but not much volume.
     
  11. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings