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Breedlove Atlas ABG's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by echo008, Dec 2, 2005.


  1. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
  2. I played a couple in the local music store. I've got a really great handmade ABG, so it's not really fair to compare them to that, and there weren't really any other ABGs in the shop for a head-to-head comparison. But they seemed pretty nice, and if you want a 5 or a fretless, they're one of the few I've seen in that price range.

    Mike
     
  3. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    They look nice, I think I read that they are made in Korea. They are on my short list right now along with the Ovation B778 (the one with the feathers and the little soundholes) I am thinking fretless but Im not totally tied to that.

    What ABG did you end up going with?

    I was also looking at the Larrivee model (expensive).
    I was actually hoping to find something a little bit out of the mainstream, maybe by an up and coming builder or something that I could get at a fairly decent price...
    the search continues.
    - Tom
     
  4. Yep, the Atlases are made in Korea.

    I didn't really "go with" anything--I've had a handmade ABG made by Edward Dick out of Denver for about 10 years that's better than anything else I've ever laid my hands on, but I always like to check out the new stuff when I run across it. ;)

    You might look at the Tacoma, if you can swing a few more $--they also make 5's and fretlesses, and I've been fairly impressed with the ones of those I've tried.

    Mike
     
  5. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I actually loved the tacoma I had a chance to play awhile back... but that body is HUGE. great feeling neck and the tone was definitely not what your average acoustic sounds like.

    If this is the builder of your
    http://www.evd303.com/gallery.html

    Im sure its quite a piece! his stuff looks beautiful.

    - Tom
     
  6. The Breedlove body is also fairly large, though not quite as big as the Tacoma--I don't really think you can have decent acoustic volume on and ABG without going to a body that's bigger than your typical dreadnaught guitar.

    Yes, that's the builder of my ABG, and there's actually a picture of it on that page. It's a beautiful and great sounding instrument, but BIG, and not cheap (though not nearly so expensive as his current prices!).

    Mike
     
  7. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I guess theres no way around the size if you want a big tone like the tacoma.
    I missed your bass on that page the first time around but I see it now... I love the shape of the body and the headstock it looks like a very nice design overall everything seems to flow nicely.

    starting at 3k-4k... seems to be the average price range for instruments in this category. I have been looking at Rushing & Mills, Kingslight, Doolins, and they are all simlar in price.

    the Tacoma is slowly gaining the lead...
    thanks
    - Tom
     
  8. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    I'm anxious to hear impressions of the Atlas ABGs, as well. I've been trying to get Breedlove to build me a bass for years now, but they won't do it. Next, I'm going to try to bug McPherson into making one for me, but doubt that will work. The Larrivee (B-03) is fantastic, but it is a bit pricey.
     
  9. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    Man... the Breedlove custom shop stuff looks really GREAT!!!!
    Im surprised they wont build you a bass, it had crossed my mind to look in that direction as well but then I saw the custom shop prices :crying:

    McPhearson? I need to check them out, there are soooo many acoustic builders out there. Like I said in an earlier post I am wishing to find an up and coming builder that I could get something from at a fairly low cost. But I know its not likely to happen...
    - Tom
     
  10. mheintz

    mheintz

    Nov 18, 2004
    Has anyone played the Breedlove and Tacoma back to back?
     
  11. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    Seems Music 123 has the Atlas line in stock, I really cant find them anywhere else.

    - Tom
     
  12. mheintz

    mheintz

    Nov 18, 2004
  13. I've played both, but not back to back. Acoustically, the Tacoma impressed me more than the Breedlove, but the Breedlove was decent and cheaper.

    Mike
     
  14. mheintz

    mheintz

    Nov 18, 2004
    Thanks mikezimmerman. I wish that some of these ABGs came without the pickup and EQ. I'd prefer adding a K&K rather than the fishman, and the EQ controls may dampen the sound. With K&K, the preamp is external.
     
  15. The Tacoma is available without a pickup/electronics.

    Mike
     
  16. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'm going to bump this up now that MF is carrying the Breedlove Atlas four and five... I suspect there's more of them out there now.

    I have to admit I'm curious about the Breedlove. Their guitars are amazing, and I'm looking to replace my Thunderchief four with a five. Tacomas are like rocking horse poop at the moment, though - so I'll look at others with an open mind.
     
  17. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member


    Maybe I just got a really good one, but my 5-string Thunderchief is darn near flawless. I couldn't even take it with me on the trip for Xmas because I was so worried it might get damaged somehow.

    Those Breedlove's sure look nice though -- definitely worth a long look.
     
  18. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Rub it in, why don't you. ;)

    Actually, I just did a web search, and it looks like Tacomas may be shipping again. Several places showed them in stock for once!
     
  19. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    The Guitar Center around where I live just got one of the Atlas acoustic basses in ... played and sounded very nice. Not as large as the Tacoma, it played and sounded more like a standard ABG sounds, the body seemed a bit larger than most though. The Tacoma in my opinion is a nicer bass.

    I ultimately ended up ordering an 5 string fretless acoustic from
    Daniel Fernandez.
    http://ar.geocities.com/fernandezluthier//english/instruments.htm

    - Tom