Bass guitar hunting: for travel!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RumbleMan3, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    So, just a small knock around bass for travel, like holiday away or something. Like many, I find it hard to be away from my bass for too long, and on the go, lugging around my bass and amp everywhere, hotel rooms, camper vans, it just doesn’t work.

    I’m thinking an acoustic bass. (4 string please!)

    Strongly leaning for a uke Bass style, something really portable, and easy/fun to play for on the go. It’s a perfect travel option.

    I wouldn’t mind if it also has the option of amplification as well, because why not. That would be fantastic! But not a requirement. But really really dig that idea.

    Frets or no frets are both accepted. Would be interested in a fretless though, for a change.

    My ideal would be a uke Bass, thats loud acoustically, like a normal acoustic bass, also has the option of amplification, and maybe fret less.

    Does anything like this happen to exist?

    Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:;)
  2. loopfiend


    Aug 15, 2003
    Takoma Park, MD
  3. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    Another possible option is to get a very small, practice amp. This one will run off either AC or batteries, has a headphone jack, rudimentary beats to keep you in time, and can get loud enough for "campfire" type setting with other instruments. Weighs only 15 pounds. I have one that I take along when traveling. Also has an aux. in for CD/Mp3 player, so I take a playlist of tunes for practice.

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  4. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks for posting this!
  5. JC Nelson

    JC Nelson Supporting Member

    May 30, 2015
    If you go the UBass route. Kala makes a nylon core, Steel Roundwound string set for the UBass.
    These strings are brighter, louder, and have more sustain than the original rubber strings.

    If your budget doesn't fit a $300 - $400 Kala, Rondo Music has several Hadean U Bass options for around a $150.
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  6. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    I can personally recommend, & have several times on TB, the Aria Sinsonido. I own a fretless. About 4 pounds, headless, you can use ANY kind of strings you want, probably 40 inches long, the body wings come off, & breaks down into a nice, small soft case. There is a headphone jack so you can play to your heart's content & never disturb anyone. If you do plug it in, it really does sound amazing.

    The only downside is the attention it gets. This thing has started more conversations than the rest of my gear, combined. I mean everything I've ever owned. So if your not into attention, avoid. If your still trying to meet that special someone, though...

    My gear Ichabod.jpg
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  7. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    Thanks but I’m more interested in something acoustic, with the option of amplification highly wanted too, but mainly acoustic. Something like one of those kala uke-basses?

    Not too pricey, after all, it’ll be used for travel, on the go, maybe even camping or whatever, cos sometimes we have little jams around the campfire and someone suggested for me getting an acoustic bass. But if I got it would have to be something much smaller like a uke Bass for easy travel.

    Thanks in advance for any other suggestions, much appreciated
  8. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    This is an idea too, thanks!
  9. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    Not my style, but a groovy designed instrument! Thanks for this alternative approach! :D
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