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takamine/ovation b10

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bozak, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. bozak


    Feb 13, 2006
    I cannot for the life of me find a review on this bass. Just hoping someone out there played it and wonderin how they liked it. I frequent some acoustic jams and this things looks BADASS! I just don't want to get ripped off. Any and all feedback would be appreciated.
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    No review, but music123.com has B-stock B10s available right now for $1750 (vs. $2550).
  3. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    It's a cool bass, for sure, with a unique "upright meets jazz guitar" vibe. However, if you're looking for something with good acoustic volume for those acoustic jams, the B10 isn't for you--it sounds great amplified, but isn't very loud unplugged.

  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Agreed, very quiet unplugged and very uprightish.

    I've played this bass, and to me it feels and works much more like an upright than a bass guitar. Massively huge neck, extremely curved fingerboard for arco playing, it even has a metal extension for upright playing. A very strange and beautiful instrument which IMO is trying to be too many different things at once.
  5. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I'll also agree with what's been said here, with the possible exception of this:
    Make sure you know what you want this bass for. Like Mike said(and I paraphrase), if you're planning on whipping this badboy out and playing unamplified with a couple of acoustic guitars.... forget about it! It has only enough unplugged volume to be heard in your living room and by yourself(with or without the TV on).

    That being said, I love my B10. I use it exclusively, always amplified. Thick neck, arched fingerboard, raised bridge and a wonderfull tone.

    There's a short review at the bottom of the page.

  6. BassFelt


    Mar 26, 2002
    If you'd do a search here you'd find threads like this:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=130713 where I (and others) discuss my experience with the Takamine B10.

    I have to be honest and retract my statement on that thread that ''I'm not affiliated with Talkamine", since I now have an endorsment and they're making me fretted model as well.

    You can also go directly to http://www.deborahjcarter.com for samples of recordings I've played the B10 on.

    While I'm typing links, here's my new website: http://www.markzandveld.com
  7. why is it that singers are always standing in front of the bassplayer? :)

    sounds good indeed
  8. BassFelt


    Mar 26, 2002
    Hehehe! Well in our case it depends on the stage. If it's smallish, we put the bass in the middle, so there is room for the singer in the front in the middle. That's actually what a lot of jazz trios do. On larger stages we have the drums in the middle.