Acoustic-Electric under $500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NoNoise, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. NoNoise

    NoNoise Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    New Jersey
    Hey everyone,
    I'm looking to get an acoustic-electric bass, but I only have about $500 (so the story goes for a grad student). Anyway, I played a Takamine last night at a local music store, but upon doing research on the internet, I encountered the Michael Kelly Dragonfly series. I was wondering if anyone could suggest one over the other (or any other types you prefer). I''m not interested in a 5 or 6 string, and I need to make sure that I get minimal fretbuzz when I play open E's, F's, and F#'s (I like playing low). Thanks for all your help!

    Relatedly- The Takamine I played had a quilted top, but I have not seen anything but natural gloss finishes on the internet. Does anyone know why?