acoustic gig with a bass, or not?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by The Risky, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. The Risky

    The Risky

    Jul 9, 2013
    Hi! New user here and here's my question
    Witch would you prefer to hear in an acoustic gig, a band with two acoustic guitars and vocals or a band with one acoustic guitar and a bass and vocals.
    Right now were having a discussion with our rather play with a bass but the singer would rather have Two guitarists in an acoustic gig.
    I really dont want to pick up a normal guitar, id rather stay with one instrument and thats it.But witch one would you choose?What are the pros and cons with both sides?should i try with an acoustic guitar or not?btw. We've tried one gig with a bass and guitar and it came out pretty well.
  2. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It depends upon the arrangement. However there is more going on then just what I want to hear on any given song there is also the unplugged marketing effort that a solid bodied bass guitar might spike where a second steel or nylon stringed Acoustic Electric guitar plugged into an amp and singers using a PA will not.
  3. BASS :D
  4. Two acoustic guitars tend to get muddy. Three are muddy. So one vocalist doing the melody, one acoustic playing chord harmony and the bass keeping the beat with roots and chord tones would be a good mix.

    I have played with a vocalist providing chord harmony accompaniment to his vocals and I provided chord tone rhythm on the bass. That worked for a nursing home gig we used to do. If it's a small room or relaxed gig, it works.
  5. I think acoustic guitar and fretless bass make a great combination. Bass can keep time but also can relate to the melodies/vocals. I keep a fretless 55-02 around for acoustic gigs and jams.
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I would vote fretless bass as well, unless you are two smart guitar players the two guitars are just going to be muddying each other up instead of singing in harmony.
  7. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    I owned an ABG (Epiphone El Capitain), and it worked well for some material, mostly up-tempo stuff.

    Still, I find that my solid body basses are more flexible. They're also easier to carry. The most important thing, is to adjust your rig for a more acoustic, full-range tone. Small powered PA speakers, Bose L1, Acoustic Image, etc, are perfect. TI Jazz flats help, too.

    I've never been dissed for playing the slab on an "acoustic" gig- it's pretty obvious that we're all plugged in.
  8. Bainbridge


    Oct 28, 2012
    I've done both. If there are two guitar parts, then two guitars will work well. However, if they're both playing the same thing, it's just redundant. Otherwise, I prefer some bass to balance out the jangly acoustic guitar. That low rumble can really fill out the space that the guitar doesn't take up.
  9. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
    acoustic shows I play upright bass.
    Yes it is a pain to haul around, but it sounds so sweet with a nice acoustic guitar.
  10. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
  11. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
  12. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
  13. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
  14. Tell me, all you bass players, is it better to have guitar or bass?

    What answer did you expect?

    +1 for bass.