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Resonator Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 1gneissguy, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. I would like to hear from those who own and/or have personal experience with a resonator bass. Until recently, I didn't know they existed! I normally play an acoustic upright and also own a P-bass, an acoustic electric and an electric upright. I am looking for something that will allow me to jam with two or three acoustic players (old-time, bluegrass & gospel) and still be heard. I am in my 70's and get tired of dragging "the beast" everywhere I go to play. Usually an amp is a no no, so that leaves out the full electrics. The acoustic electric is okay to work out songs on or play with one guitar, but lacks volume unless hooked up. (Of course amps are heavy too.) Will the resonator bass give me what I want?
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'm curious also There's been one in the local CL for months I've seen a few demos but I couldn't get a real feel of how it sounded.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    I'm pretty sure Mr. Claypool is playing this one unplugged, and it certainly sounds louder to me than a regular ABG. Then again he's not playing regular finger-style, so it's hard to say, so overall I suppose this is a pretty useless comment. Primus sucks!
  4. ponticat

    ponticat Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    Alexandria, Virginia
  5. Kickass


    Jul 20, 2012
    Scottish Borders
    I had the same problem, bass for a gig with no power. I have, and love, an old Washburn AB20 but it has no real power when unplugged and I do not own/play DB, so had a look in my "parts store" and put together this:
  6. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    I have a resonator bass from Gold Tone (the Paul Beard Bass, link below) and have had some success playing acoustically. I don't think it is substantially louder than a decent ABG, but it has a midrange-y tone when played with a pick that cuts through better than most ABGs. It does not cut through nearly as well when played fingerstyle.

  7. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    you might want to consider this if you can't use an amp of any kind. the neck detaches w/o tools for easier transport

    They run about $2k
  8. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
  9. I've only played one resonator bass a few weeks ago. It was a lot louder than my ABG and had a cutting yet clean tone.