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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bigcardinal, Dec 15, 2005.
Just wondering what (if any) are the advantages/disadvantages of hollowbody basses. Thanks.
Fat bassy tone
Prone to feedback at high volumes
Fat bassy tone
feedback eh? That's what I was affraid of. I have never played a hollobody bass but I have played acoustic guitars live with a mic or a soundhole pickup and the feedback can be beyond horrible. Sounded like 50 cats getting their tails pulled at the same time, amplified through a Marshall stack!!
Depending on the bass builder you could get some really earthy natural bass tones and response with a good amount of weight reduction.
Well, to be fair, I have heard many a bassist use hollowbodies at relatively high volumes, and it really isn't a huge issue as long as you learn how to control it, like don't blast your bass through monitors, don't stand right up against the amp facing it, and don't overload the EQ with grossly boosted frequencies. Flat is your friend with a hollowbody.
I had a Godin Acousticaster Bass that I loved, but ended up taking back due to feedback. My guitarist's favourite line for the next several years for ANYTHING that acted up was "Lets stuff it".
I've got a Casady and totally dig it. It is warm, and fat, and bassy. I've only gotten feedback when standing in front of and facing the amp. It's my #1 player these days.
Yeah their awesome, it was my main bass for a whille as well.