Breedlove Passport B350 SMe4 acoustic bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GibsonLives, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. GibsonLives


    Jul 5, 2013
    As mentioned in my last thread, I'm not only new to TalkBass, but also fairly new to the bass in general. I've been playing the guitar for three decades, including fingerstyle stuff, and while I have studied bass a bit over the years, I'm just now getting into it more seriously.

    Anyway, I'm now searching for a 4-string fretted acoustic-electric bass, and I'm curious about this "budget" Breedlove model. Mainly interested in the general quality of construction, acoustic projection, electronics, neck-feel, and anything else I should be aware of (such as neck-dive or intonation issues).

    For reference, I've also been looking at the Fender Kingman, Epiphone Zenith, Washburn Stu Hamm, and other instruments in that middle price-range. For the record, I'm going to use it mainly for practice and home recording right now, but might like to do some jamming as I improve, so I'm looking for something I can "grow into". Thanks.

  2. GibsonLives


    Jul 5, 2013
    Hmmm, nobody? Okay...well, what if I said that I just found a killer deal on the next model up? Breed love Atlas Series Solo BJ350 for $449 used. I plan to call about it later today; if it's in really nice shape, is this a good deal on a quality ABG, or should I skip it? Thanks.
  3. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Definitely call about the Atlas. If it's in good shape, go for it.
    Don't let minor, superficial blemishes get in the way. Cracked heel joints are another issue.
  4. I own the Breedlove, use it for gigs and rehearsal, and I completely recommend it. Like most ABGs, it's not really loud enough on its own for any but the softest jams with one or two other quiet instruments.
  5. swrbass5

    swrbass5 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2002
    Coastal NC / SC
    My band does acoustic shows during the week- I totally recommend the Breedlove Atlas. I actually picked one up (5-String)in Myrtle Beach at a pawn shop on the way TO an Acoustic gig we were doing - $275!!
    I also own a Washburn AB -35 (great bass - REALLY wide neck though) and an almost unused El Capitan 4 .
    The Breedlove Atlas 5 honestly feels like my Stingray5's. the string spacing is apparently identical, and has a smooth low action. I'll probly be selling my other two ABG's and keeping that one.
  6. GibsonLives


    Jul 5, 2013
    Well, I bought a brand-new Breedlove Atlas Studio BJ350 (etc. etc.). Between discounts and interest-free financing, I got the bass and a killer case for $939 AND I get a year-and-a-half to pay for it! :D