Seek (electro-) Acoustic Bass

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  1. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    For a little over 40 years, I’ve been playing electric bass in all sorts of rock bands and mini orchestras. The two guitars that have served me very well were a G&L L-1000 and a Musicman Stingray. I’m left-handed.


    Earlier this year, I had a stroke and this stopped me from playing. Now, still in a recuperation phase, I hope to form a group of handicapped musicians, primarily all amateur. What I would like to use this time is an (electro-) Acoustic Bass of good quality. Could any of you suggest a suitable instrument?
    I have large hands. Thanks a lot for your support.
     
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    What price range are you looking for? There are quite a few options out there, what fits best depends on your wants & needs....
     
  3. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    I'm willing to put out about a thousand dollars, euros, swiss francs. The interest would be a woody-sounding instrument that has good sound projection.
     
  4. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    At present, I'm seriously considering a Warwick Alien Deluxe hybrid bass. Has anyone got any other suggestions?
     
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I can personally vouch for the volume of the Marusczcyk Svoboda and Emerald Balor acoustics, but they're both a bit out of your price range. I've heard good things about the Alien, though - might be about the best you can do at that price point, buying new. Better values available used, of course, but finding a good one can be quite a search.
     
  6. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    Thanks for that. I was considering a bass from the Czech Republic and also the Takamine TB-10 but these are way out of my budget like the Swiss basses you suggested. The Warwick, although made in China, looks decent enough for my purposes and purchasing-power.
     
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The Alien is as loud as anything readily available out there, at that price point (from what I've read). To go much louder would mean more $ and possibly custom ordering. I'd recommend the Rigel, heard great things about it, but I have never been able to get a response from them.


    ...and I know you didn't ask, but take my advice and get one with a plug-in ready pickup, you'll want to use an amp eventually if you play with others at all. The loudest acoustic basses still have trouble getting heard in larger / louder ensembles.
     
  8. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    If you're going unplugged, do not get a TB-10. Just mentioning it in case you stumble across one on the used market. Have you looked into Furch?

    furch acoustic bass - Google Search

    I don't know if they make a lefty.
     
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  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That's another name that keeps coming up, but which I haven't ever had a chance to try. Hear good things though.
     
  10. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    The Rigel (USA) goes for about $ 2500 and looks exquisite. Were I a professional player, this would be a good choice but there's no mention if available left-handed. I'm hoping to form an acoustic combo that's not too loud and for this reason, using Tapewound strings should give me the sound I require. The 'Alien' has a built-in preamp should it need to be plugged in.
     
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  11. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    From their 'artists' page, not one player had a left-handed instrument.
    Who already uses our guitars - Artists - Furch Guitars
    Price-wise, about $1700 for the bass shown in the video. Personally, I didn't like the sound or should I say, I didn't appreciate too much the player.
     
  12. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'm not sure about any of these specific builders, other than the ones I have dealt with, but since these are mostly custom built-to-order anyway, I would think most luthiers would consider doing a lefty. I know that both Emerald and Marusczcyk will do just about anything you can dream up, including lefties. But again, prices go up...
     
  13. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, and music is very theraputic.
    Keep an eye out for a Tacoma Thunderchief, one of the loudest ABGs I've encountered. Boulder Creek also made a commendable ABG, but I don't know if they ever got marketed in the EU.
    That said, I caution against thinking that an ABG will be loud enough for playing with other musicians without amplification. I've been drowned out by an acoustic guitar and a mandolin.
     
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  14. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The Thunderchief and the Boulder Creek are both fairly loud for their price, but still a couple of notches quieter than the loudest. (I have one of each of those too, just for reference. )
     
  15. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    Thanks for your good wishes! While in the hospital, the head neurologist told me to play the bass twenty minutes a day to get me back in shape. I didn't listen and have remained in silence. All this will change once I get an ABG.



    Yes, the Tacoma Thunderchief does look good but I haven't seen one for sale where I live. Boulder Creek I've never heard of but it too looks promising. Do these companies make left-handed instruments?
     
  16. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Boulder Creek does: EBR3-N4L Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar, Lefty – Boulder Creek Guitars
    Left Handed Boulder Creek Acoustic Bass Guitars (adirondackguitar.com)
    A Google search for a lefty Tacoma didn't turn up anything.

    The Goldtone AGB-4 comes as a lefty and is a good instrument, but not as loud as a BC.
    Gold Tone Left Handed ABG-4 Acoustic Bass (adirondackguitar.com)

    As you are in the EU it might be easier to find a LAG Tramontane T177BCE, which was also nice. It is a medium scale instrument (32") instead of a full long scale (34"). No idea if they made a lefty version.
    Steel strings guitars - Tramontane 177 - T177BCE - Lâg Guitars (lagguitars.com)

    Tanglewood is a popular brand in the UK and their ABG gets praised. Again, no idea if they make a lefty.
    TW155 A/Bass - Tanglewood Guitars Manchester
     
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  17. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Spector Timbre is also a good choice, designed from a Tacoma Thunderchief. And is loud enough to keep up with a couple of acoustic guitars. Timbres are in long scale and short scale. And sometimes can be found online for around 7 bills.

    Here is a kitchen jam in a friends kitchen, one Takamine and one Martin guitar, a singer, and my Timbre long scale with a set of Elixir 80/20 strings.

     
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  18. I've tried a bunch. Had a venerable Guild B50 for years. Honestly, i'm going to cast another vote for Boulder Creek. I got mine for $300. It's full scale, louder than the Guild, has a decent pickup. Search through the Talkbass.com classified ads. They show up used from time to time. (For the record nothing beats an upright!)
     
  19. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    Indeed, the bass comes out very well in the mix. I checked at my local music outlet and the Timbre Jr. (short-scale) is available and within my price-range but no left-handed model. Given today's lovely weather, your Doors' track was perfect!
     
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  20. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Switzerland
    I still remember hearing Ron Carter (on upright) at the Village Vanguard, New York. What a player and what a sound!
     
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