Professional Acoustic 5er?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rockbox Bass, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Hey y'all, I'm a professional 5-string player with a wall full of basses. However, I am now finding myself in need of an acoustic electric bass. I've played a few 4-stringers but any I find that seem to have an acceptable professional quality, lack a 5-string counter-part.

    Washburn has a new one out. Is anyone familiar with the Washburn AB45VSK? Additionally, there are the Boulder Creek, Michael Kelly and Godins. Any experienced input would be appreciated. Thanks, all!
  2. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Nothing against the Godin (or Godin style) basses, but they're really not acoustics, and have little more unplugged volume than any ordinary EBG.

    If I were dropping coin on a "professional" quality ABG, a Warwick Alien would be on the list; fretless of course. From your choices, I'd try the BC. However, design wise, the Washburn may be better suited to your needs regarding feedback issues.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Carvin AC50/AC50F
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  4. Dude... I can't believe I didn't look at the Carvin! :[ I play Carvin! Okay, my head is back with me now and I'm going to check out the Carvins. Thanks!
  5. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Inactive

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Tacoma if you can find one!
  6. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I'm a Carvin guy too. Buyer beware here though: the "acoustic" Carvins currently offered (AC series) are NOT true acoustic, but acoustic/electric, and cannot be played as an acoustic instrument (you need an amp).
  7. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Indeed. My solid body carvin was louder unplugged than my ac40. But it's amplified acoustic sound was outstanding.
  8. Yeah, I was noticing that the body is actually a 'chambered', large solid body. Still, I'm definitely giving it my full consideration. The Warwick Alien deluxe is currently getting most of my attention though. It appears to actually have enough unplugged volume to compete with the unplugged acoustic guitars. I just hope I can find one when I have the cash to buy! :/
  9. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Breedlove makes a nice one too... The loudest I have played was a Tocoma though..
  10. dbok


    Jul 8, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    I have a 5 string frettless Tacoma Thunderchief thats' nice. Prefer to play it thru a small amp unless it's just me and a ac.gtr. Sounds like a cello.
  11. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Inactive

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    ACG is made to be plugged in. Even the largest have a hard time keeping up with acoustic guitars and voices.
    My Sigma was pretty loud when slapped- but even then, throw a drummer only on brushes in the mix and you are pretty much cooked!

    If you want to compete in acoustic music with an un-amplified bass, get a 3/4 upright and get it equipped with gut strings and learn to play it with relatively high action.
    And if your drummer insists on using sticks....
    Choke him!
  12. I wanted a Breedlove but, unfortunately, they do not have a 5-string in their line-up. :rollno:
  13. Definitely my preference but I don't know if I want to go with the higher cost and inconvenience of lugging it around. However, it's definitely the ANSWER I need for performing. I might have to give this one much more consideration.