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Looking for an acoustic bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rutgers Bassist, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. Hi, I am looking for an acoustic bass in the 700-850 price range. I want this bass to sound good through an amp also because it is going to be my main bass. I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. Thanx Mark
  2. goat1234


    Mar 17, 2004
    Get a used tacoma, wonderful acoustic basses. They sound good with and without an amp and will probably be heard if you play with one acoustic guitar, although im not sure about 2.
  3. JohnBarr


    Mar 19, 2004
    Central NY
    The Tacoma is a marvelous acoustic bass. Unplugged, it has more volume than most and great sound. My only complaint is that it's bulky and feels like a big match box compared to most hollow and semi-hollow acoustics. I feel like the guitar is going to splinter at any minute.

    I own a Washburn AB20, I'd recommend you check this out also. It it very well built. Good electronics. Not as deep body as the Tac, so not as loud and a very different tone. It is really much better plugged in. It's also a great looking guitar, but it's shortcomigs are the high action that makes it hard to play well in the upper registers, 12th fret and up.

    Another one in your price range to check out is the Godin A4. US/Canadian manufacture. I have not played one but guys I respect speak very highly of them. I have played their electrics (expect to buy one soon) and they are hard to beat for quality.

    Personally, I wouldn't be without an ABG. Great sustain, marvelous tone. Play them unplugged anydamnplace. The instrument vibrates against you when you play it, like playing living wood.

    Good luck.
    Please let us know what you get.

  4. What Tacomas are u talking about, any of them?
  5. I was looking at the Michael Kelly Phoenix 4-String Acoustic Bass . Does anyone have any coments on this bass?
  6. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    There is a Carvin AC 50 on the bay right now $700. I just got mine and I'm diggin it!
  7. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    everyone is raving about thunderchiefs, but I KNOW that Carvins are excellent. Especially plugged in. I should also add Takamine and Jasmine to the list as well.
  8. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    I owned a Washburn AB34 and it was the sh@^! It has great lowend. One of the best lowends I have heard on an acoustic. If you could find one of these used, grab it. I just sold mine, miss it already.
  9. Ralphdaddy

    Ralphdaddy Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    I've got a Takamine EG512C which is a great bass, reasonably easy to play for an acostic, sounds GREAT plugged in and works well in a full band situation. In Windsor, Canada one night I saw a guy in a band in the main casino up there playin one of these and it sounded DEEP and huge. The electronics package is excellent, in my opinion, has an included tuner although honestly the tuner is a little suspect but gets you close enough. Plus they're only like 5-600 bones. Try and force whoever you buy it from to give you a good deal, I only paid like 430 at GC and got a case for another 100 which barely fits it cuz the body is pretty big. Good luck man, enjoy the hunt!
  10. level_1


    Apr 18, 2004
    Central CA
    I haven't seen much written about them but I have a Martin B-1 acoustic. I love the deep mellow tone. It has good volume unplugged and it sounds good amped. It smells good too :p .
  11. Tacoma Thunderchief cb-10 e4(fishman prefix plus eq.)

    A great sounding bass, good volume and it sounds good plugged in too.

    I have one and I highly recommend them.

    My Bluegrass band practices unplugged and I can be heard fine even with a dobro, banjo and guitar playing along with me.

    This is probably the loudest ABG you will find.
  12. Chapbass


    Dec 11, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    DEFINITELY recommend the tacoma thunderchief.

    I had a carvin AC50F and returned it. Not because i didnt like the bass, i loved it and the way it sounded, but somehow i overlooked the fact that it was a semihollow acoustic, and it just doesnt produce enough volume unless its plugged in, and for my purposes in getting one (jamming out with the rest of my band at acoustic sets/campfires/college campuses) it just wasnt cutting it.

    The tacoma is a great bass, sounds excellent both plugged in and acoustic. The size i suppose is a bit of an issue, but it sure beats dragging around a double bass eh?

    Not to mention it looks damn cool when the other guy i normally play with has the chief acoustic guitar with the same soundhole and such. makes it look really cool when its just the two of us : ).
  13. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I been diggin the hec outa my cheapo Ibanez AEB10 lately..
    Pretty nice bass for short change and it played better than the more expensive used Alvarez they had in the store.
  14. Cy_Miles


    Feb 3, 2005
    I recently bought a Tacoma Thunderchief with the Fishman pickup and eq.

    My Thunderchief has a Cedar top instead of the spruce top that most of them have. Iv'e played some other Thunderchiefs in stores. The cedar top gives it a deeper warmer tone then the spruce. Some might like the brighter tone of the spruce but in my book I wouldn't have anything but the cedar top. big difference.

    I don't know if they offer the cedar as an option or if there was a limited edition w/the cedar? I've been tryin to get more info from Tacoma or Fender. I want to get the fretless version but I'll want to get a cedar top on it as well. But Tacoma tells me to call Fender and Fender says they won't have the Tacoma info for a cuople more months.
  15. There was a vendor from Oklahoma or somewhere oin ebay who sold special Thunderchiefs that had mahagony tops, making the whole thing mahogany save the fretboard. He claimed it made it much louder. I have a beat up Thunderchief but I got it cheap and it seems to improve tonally with age. I don't like spruce tops either but worn TI acousticore strings really warm things up.
  16. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    +1 for the Martin B-1. It is one of the loudest acoustically and sounds great amped. The Taylor is probably the top dog for amped tone.
  17. In that dollar range, I think the Tacoma is the best game in town.

    Something that always seems to get confusing--to me anyway--when the topic of "acoustic basses" comes up. People talk about the Michael Kellys, or the Martins, or the Olympias, or the Epiphones, or the Taylors, or whatever ... then someone brings up the Carvin ACs or the Godin A4. Now, this isn't meant to dis anybody, and those latter instruments are fine, but a Carvin AC or a Godin A4 IMO is simply a different thing entirely from a true ABG. Not better or worse, just different, in the same way that an EUB, even if it has hollow chambers, is different from a URB. So to me it seems that those Carvins and Godins are irrelevant to the discussion of ABGs. 'Cause they're just not really acoustic instruments. And suggesting them probably doesn't really answer the original poster's question. It's like if somebody I know wants a suggestion for an acoustic guitar, and I suggest a 335 or something.

    But as Brad Johnson says, he may be wrong.;)
  18. Great point. I mean if you can't play acoustically and keep up with a guitar, what the hell is the point? Stage use I guess. (The Godins do sound sweet plugged in.)

    The feedback from a Tacoma can be tough to tame sometimes. Tacoma or even the lower line Olympias are louder for a reason. To me, the point is the ABG should sound cool played unplugged when you are on your lanai or porch and putting down some coronas. It should be loud enough to take lessons with and be heard over your instructor's instrument. It should be loud enough to play along with your stereo so you can learn songs or impress betties or whatever.

    Many ABGs are crappola: stuck somewhere between a bass that is hard to play with the sound of a cheap guitar.

    This is where the Tacoma comes in. It is a bass.
  19. daddyo


    Jun 9, 2004
    British Columbia
    I am also thinking about either the Carvin or Godin fretless 5 string semi-hollow bodies. I want one to use plugged in because they have a great tone somewhere between an upright and solid body fretless. Plus they are so light.
  20. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Lineā„¢ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    I have an Epiphone El Capitan 5 that I absolutely adore. For a time, I actually set aside my Smith Chuck Rainey 5 and used the EC as my main bass live