Fender BG29...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by deathbloomslife, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. ...So I played a friend's Fender acoustic/electric (DG14S) standard guitar yesterday, and was blown away at the fit and finish of the stunning beauty. Spruce front, and mahogany laminated sides and back. Was loud enough to hear all the way on the other side of the production studio. [filming for music video]

    I loved the guitar so much, I decided to check if Fender made a bass to match, and low-and-behold, they do.... And it comes in the form of the Fender BG29 electric/acoustic.

    I have yet to meet this guitar in person, let alone be able to toy around with this beauty, but I may have to make a few phone calls to see what close-by dealers have one stocked on their shelves. However, this seems to be a promising guitar, and if that holds truth, it also seems I will be buying myself a Christmas present this year :).

    Can any of you recall any experiences with this guitar, just seeing it on a wall at GC, knowing someone who owns it, or having actually played it yourself??? Any input is appreciated and my deepest grattitude to anyone who can provide such information.

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    the natural looks so much more beautyful... Here's the standard...
  3. The BG29 is not bad as acoustic basses go. As with all ABGs, you have to amplify it for it to be useable, but the tone is not bad at all and it plays pretty well. The one I played had a clear e string despite the short scale. For the price, it is one of the more sensible ABGs out there.

    If you want a cheapish ABG, then yes, well worth checking out.

    But, is it still being produced?
  4. If you would rather have a 34" scale ABG, check out the Fender GB-41 SCE. I was going to buy a BG-29, but then I played a GB-41 and liked it a lot better. It has a nice tone unplugged and it sounds great through an amp.

    Paul Mac
  5. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    The Victor Bailey acoustic seems good
  6. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    I've never actually played the fender, but I have played severl ABG's. I've played an Ibanez, a tacoma, and a Michael kelly. The Ibanez and Michael kelly were around the same price, but the Tacoma was over a grand. I fiddled with the MK longer than the other two, and I really liked it. I'm going to check to see if the store I'm going to friday has it in stock so I can play it again.

    good luck, I'd try other basses if I were you, but if you're set on this one and if you try it and love it, go for it.

    Good to see you buying stuff again

  7. There's really only three reasons that have set me on my way...

    First, the price of this bass. IIRC the bass only retails for around $475(usd) very reasonable price IMO.

    Second the woods used, or in other words, the appearence. The spruce top and the Mahogany sides are friggin beautyful.

    Thirdly, and the most important to me, this is a dreadnought styled body guitar. I'm just not a fan of the appearence or comfort level of most of the more curvy, 'figure 8' body shapes. I find this body style the absolute most comfortable.

    How much does the Victor Bailey retail for? I'm not looking to spend more than $500, but a little over won't kill me.

    How much of a difference does the scale make in the sound? Obviously, I'm not concerned about how low the frequency of the sound is, I mean, it's acoustic, not gonna be low, don't really want it to be. Can't hear it if it's too low anyways. I probably won't plug it in much either, so the whole playing through an amp thing doesn't appeal to me, I have a bass for that.

  8. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    I'm gonna try out the Ibanez AEB 4 string again, it has those exact same woods, a fishman pickup, 3 band EQ, it's cheaper, and it's really comfortable.

    I'll put a review here tomorrow if you want.

  9. PinkFloydDan


    Jul 4, 2005
    I own the BG29 and I think it is a great bass. I play mine every day. It's very useful for me and I credit it with making me a better player because I played more often.

    I have the black one.
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