Semi Acoustic Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jefflemon, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. jefflemon

    jefflemon Guest

    Jan 15, 2009

    Im new to bass playing but have played the guitar for over ten years. I am looking for a bass guitar to play indie/rock music.

    So far, I like the zbass from italia:

    But its semi acoustic, I was just wondering if it could still be used as a electric bass as good as a normal electric bass would sound?

    Also if you have any bass recommendations, go ahead...

  2. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Most hollow and semi-hollow electric basses can be used just like any other electric bass. They sound different, but aren't much different functionally. For example, some, like my DiPinto Belvedere and the Epiphone Jack Casady, can sound very much like a Precision.

    But the one you posted is different, because it uses a piezo pickup, which is intended to make it sound like a purely acoustic instrument. It's cool, and might be exactly what you want. But if you want a conventional electric bass tone, you need something else. I believe Italia makes something similar with regular magnetic pickups.

    Edit: I looked around on that site with the Italia, and have some recommendations. First, I'd stay away from that model and its equivalent with conventional pickups, even though the latter probably sounds great. They have a full 34" scale, but the upper strap button is around the 16th fret. That creates a long reach to first position when standing. If you have long arms, this might not be a problem, but my DiPinto is like this and it bugs me. So, for around the same price, look at the Fender Standard Precision and Jazz basses. They'll cover just about anything, and when you're starting out I think a "no doubt about it" bass is the best approach.