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LOUD acoustic basses that can compete with acoustic guitars?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrandenSteele, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. BrandenSteele


    Nov 25, 2012
    I am looking for an acoustic bass guitar that I can play with my acoustic guitar friends. I have done a lot of looking, and they're all quiet and pretty crappy. I did however find one that was mahogany and louder than most of the guitars in that shop, but it was purchased the next day.

    Does anyone have experience with acoustic basses that can share some experiences? I'm pretty curiouus, since I have only seen about 6 and know of no one who owns one.
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's not gonna happen. The ABG will be audible, but any guitar will overpower it.
  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Ain't none.
  4. Guitarron is the only way to go if you won't use an amp.
  5. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    The loudest sounding ones I heard were the Dean EABC (which I owned) and the Tacoma Thunderchief. Don't think either will quite do you good.

    This is why I bought a Roland Micro Cube Bass amp. It's runs on battery (or AC), is small, loud, and models a bunch of different amps. Pretty light for an amp, just plug and play anywhere with your bass.
  6. leemelone


    May 24, 2011
    Even though I primarily play with my fingers, I found that using a pick on an AB significantly increases the volume. :bassist:
  7. Upright bass.
  8. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That Dean EABC was my first bass. It's huge, thus louder than most ABGs. It was just too big for me to be comfortable, and I'm a fairly large guy.
  9. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Yeah, but it still wasn't loud enough, I feel.
    You're in Queens? I wanted to get mine back in 2009 from Guitar Center LIC or Brooklyn, but neither had the 5-String model. I ended up ordering it from Musicians Friend.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  11. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Get a small battery powered amp. There isn't a ABG that can compete with a acoustic guitar.
  12. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I've never seen a 5er in a store. GC's ABG selection is very limited. Generally they have two Ibanez's (the $200 and $400) ones, the Dean EABC, the Fender Kingman, and a Takamine.
  13. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I gave up on ABG's. Most sound like crap and need an amp to compete anyhow with a guitar or even quiet band so I just use my P bass and a small amp =perfect.
  14. velalv

    velalv Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2010
    Woodbridge, VA
    The Mahogony one was most likely the Martin BC15e. Did it look like this one in the link? http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/BC15E.htm

    If so, you are out of luck. They are out of produciton. Only 1200 were made. It will be enough to keep up with one guitar if you are attacking it hard, but probably no more.
  15. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California

    +1. Guitarron is the only "acoustic bass" type instrument smaller than a traditional upright that is loud enough to jam with acoustic guitars without amplification. I've owned and played a lot of ABG. The Guild B-50 and Ernie Ball Earthwood basses were louder than the rest, but still not really capable of filling out the bass in an acoustic jam with multiple guitars. And both are WAY overpriced now on the used market.
    Guitarron is the way to go.
  16. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    I've been to a few in the area that would once in a while stock the 5er Ibanez, and back in the day, a Michael Kelly.

    Michael Kelly basses, by the way, were THE most overhyped acoustic basses I ever played. Sounded like a toy. Only one I thought was any better was the Club, and I wasn't super sold on that either.
  17. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    A resonator bass might be louder.
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    No such thing if you're talking about acoustic bass guitars. An upright bass is the size you need to produce the requisite volume, and it could compete.
  19. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I have found the same. The Thunderchief is the loudest I have played- I own the Dean and it is better than most, but you will still have a hard time being heard. The micro cube or another battery powered amp along with the acoustic would be a good option for mobile jams.
  20. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I use a sound hole plug (to mitigate feedback) and a small amplifier.

    Acoustically? Forget it.