Can't find a really good acoustic bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Zapp, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. Zapp


    Sep 4, 2005
    Gruene Texas
    I know this may be a "dying breed" question, but I have searched hard for a useful acoustic bass but the only two I have found with an appreciable low-end unplugged is the Martin B1 [high $] and, believe it or not, a VERY cheap Stagg model something-or-other which the store ditched before I could talk $$ with them [it had a piezo problem].

    I have tried the Tacoma Chief, the Ibanez-something, Ovation [held my nose... sorry], Fender BG-29 which would be my default if I don't find something good, Guild, .... what else?
    only the terribly nose-heavy Martin really produced an honest E but the cheap Stagg was pretty punchy through most of the range.

    Anyway, if someone has found nirvana in this elusive breed, please clue me

    p.s. honestly I don't care about what the plugged-in sound is like because that if fixable. its the unplug....
  2. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    I have owned the Guild B30-E...and have played the MartinB1.

    now I own the Epiphone El Capitan..all maple..cutaway with built in electronics. Sounds nice unplugged as well. I paid 400.00 bucks second hand.

    check one out if you can.

  3. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
    I really like the Larrivee' ABG that I have. I thought it sounded as good if not better than the Martin I A/B'ed it against. I also would recommend the Taylor ABG. The thing about an ABG is either go cheap or go expensive as the mid-priced ones are not appreciably better than the cheapies.
  4. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    There has been a lot of talk lately about ABGs, so do a search and youll find a lot of recent opinions and whatnot.