There's lots to read on TalkBass about electrics, but very little I could find on acoustic bass guitars. That happens to be something I'm shopping around for right now, for my little home recording projects. Whatever I get is going to have to be pretty cheap, but I see brand new (Korean-made) basses on eBay for well under $200. Now, I have a preference for vintage, non-Asian instruments, so if I can pick up an older one, all the better. But--not being much of a bassist yet--I really don't know much about how to tell a decent bass from a hole in the ground, which is why I'm asking here. On to the questions Soundhole shape: since I'm going to be mic'ing the bass with a large-diaphragm condensor mic (rather than using a pickup), how much of a difference will it make whether there's a central soundhole or a pair of f-holes? I presume that mic'ing the central soundhole would be more straightforward. Is that correct? Do f-holed basses broadcast as strongly as ones with a central soundhole? Body material: I presume that most new basses in the range I'm looking have laminated bodies. How much of an objective difference does this make in tone? Body size: some ABGs I've seen have dreadnaught or jumbo sized bodies, others are more like a archtop jazz guitar. Is the main difference in sound just that the larger the body, the more it projects? Or is there a tonal difference too? Finally, just about all of the acoustic bass guitars I see on eBay are actually acoustic-electric bass guitars. Since I won't need the pickup that comes on them, I'd love to know if anyone has any opinions about the straight acoustic sound of the kinds I see. Some of the brands I've looked at include the Hohners with the triangular soundhole, the Michael Kelly basses, Carlo Robelli, Hondo, Rogue, Archer, Galveston, Grand, etc. For all I know, most of the Asian basses may well be made by the same factory. Anyone have an opinion on these basses? Thanks in advance.