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acoustic/electric bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Itzayana, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    I have been playing more and more acoustic shows and think it is time to get an acoustic/electric bass.
    I am looking for some recommendations from owners.
    I will likely by a used one in the 400-800 range.
  2. If you are doing a semi-acoustic show (where everybody just plugs their acoustics into the PA or and AMP) then an ABG will do fine. However, for a pure acoustic experience, they simply are not loud enough.
    The best alternative is to get a guitarrone or an upright.
  3. I have a fretless Da Capo. I'm not sure that you get them in the USA but I quite like mine. It has a good fishman pickup and gets the job done. I used to have a fretted Tanglewood which was decent also. I sometimes wish I had a fretted ABG for practice.

    Aside from the acoustic shows, its convenient to have an ABG around when you want to practice without having to plug in. You can just pick it up from a stand and go and the volume will be low so that you won't bother anyone else in the house.
  4. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    I used to have a Washburn AB-10, I liked it pretty good, but it's really quiet not plugged in.
  5. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    The first one I actually got, and it's fine: EKO Florence
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    The second one's authoritative alternative: Cort SJB5F
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    New, they both come at lower side of your price range

  6. bluebird28


    Feb 25, 2012
    Tacoma. WA
    Have you checked out the Ovation line of AEBG's, I have been told that they project sound very well. I just bought one used and have been working on it to get it ready to play, new strings and a new pre amp ordered.
  7. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    New or used, That budget puts you in the Takamine G series,
    upper tier Michael Kelly, Boulder Creek, Warwick Alien and Breedlove basses. Probably others as well. A nice selection to choose from. Play as many as you can.