Build a fretless acoustic?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SlapPopBass, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Some time ago I posted a thread regarding building a custom bass with the help of a luthier. Well, something came up, and that luthier is on vacation at the moment, so I guess it was back to waiting for me. However, it also gave me time to think more about what type of bass I'd like to build. I recently got hooked on the idea of acoustic basses after reading bassplayer's August issue reviewing Flyer Basses. I got even more hooked when I came across this video:

    Initially I wanted to build a electric fretless, now I feel like going for a acoustic fretless instead. Currently as of now I do have certain situations where an ABG would be fitting. Namely small jam with friends and being able to play amp-less. (I've been playing my bass unplugged, but its not really working out especially when I trying to practice complex and fast lines that won't come out as much unplugged) (not to mention I immediately can't hear my bass once my sister switches on the tv at full blast) (and I string on flats)

    What's your personal experiences with ABGs? Do you recommend them?
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you want one primarily for being able to play without an amp, you're gonna have to build something enormous like a guitarron. Any "normal" sized acoustic bass would be overpowered by acoustic guitars.
  3. A fretless ABG can sound pretty cool, but from the ones I've tried, 99% still need an amp to be heard with other instruments. I have a very basic ABG (fretted) that I use for noodling about at home when I don't feel like plugging in and I like it, but it couldn't compete with an acoustic guitar.

    I'd say go with the electric fretless and maybe add a piezo pickup & have it semi-hollow body to get a slightly more ABG sounding tone but in a more usable way.
  4. NailDriver


    Dec 27, 2008
    +1. Without an amp, you're not going to keep up with acoustic guitars. Tried it. Doesn't work around the campfire.