#1
A friend of mine is gonna start doing some open mics night soon and asked me to cover bass. I'll have to pick up an acoustic but was planning to anyway, just wondering whether I could play the same way on the acoustic as I do on the electric or whether it'd take a while more to get used to.
#2
The strings might be thicker, so it might be a little harder to adjsut, but you'll get it. It's not that hard.
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#4
you talking upright or acoustic bass guitar?
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Acoustic

it'll work the same. I'm gonna give you the advice you don't want to hear though- the only acoustic that actually works loud enough to be effective is the Tacoma Thunderchief, and since you'll have to be amplified anyways, just use a P-bass with flats, it'll sound far better.
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it'll work the same. I'm gonna give you the advice you don't want to hear though- the only acoustic that actually works loud enough to be effective is the Tacoma Thunderchief, and since you'll have to be amplified anyways, just use a P-bass with flats, it'll sound far better.

you can mic an acoustic bass, you can't do that on a p-bass
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#8
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you can mic an acoustic bass, you can't do that on a p-bass

so...

400 for a passable acoustic
100 for a mic
20 for a stand

300 for a used P-bass
30 for some good flats

I suppose you may be right. I'm still cheaper, dammut!!!
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#9
Why not get an acoustic/electric? then you can run it through the PA. As long as it's a decent quality, then it'll sound good.
#10
Or get a jack cassady epiphone, an epic bass, tried one today, seriously good.
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#11
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you can mic an acoustic bass, you can't do that on a p-bass

You can mic an amp though..
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#12
The technique is a bit different: You'll want to dig in more and play a little closer to the neck than with an electric, and for heaven's sake don't use a hard pick with it...they sound terrible. The left hand technique is essentially the same, though you'll have to compensate for the higher action.

If you're going for an acoustic, you'll definitely have to mic it or plug in, but you'll do just fine with one. They sound very different from a P with flats(I own both), and IMO they work much better with acoustic music. Just make sure it's set up right...you can't have very low action on most of them without having severe string noise, but if you raise it up a bit you'll get a pleasant, woody tone out of them.

Some nice brands to look for are Samick/Greg Bennett, Mickael Kelly, Alvarez, and the Dean EAB that has a satin finish. Stay the hell away from Ibanez and any bass with a thick poly finish on the top wood. Good qualities to look for are a large body, a solid top, a bridge that's not close to the edge of the body, and a fairly thin finish on the top.
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- the only acoustic that actually works loud enough to be effective is the Tacoma Thunderchief,.

You should define your terms. Effective for what?


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and since you'll have to be amplified anyways, just use a P-bass with flats, it'll sound far better.

That's like a guitarist saying... "I'd like to play my nylon string classical, but if I have to plug in, I'll bring my Strat"
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You should define your terms. Effective for what?

Nothing...for any decent volume you still have to plug it in, just like an acoustic guitar. It is, however, the most common ABG you'll find that can match an acoustic in volume. with a typical bass setup. Many more ABGs can keep up with a proper setup, though.

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That's like a guitarist saying... "I'd like to play my nylon string classical, but if I have to plug in, I'll bring my Strat"

+1
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You should define your terms. Effective for what?



That's like a guitarist saying... "I'd like to play my nylon string classical, but if I have to plug in, I'll bring my Strat"

breaking past the guitarist.

and no it's not. it's like saying blues... I can bring my old Strat, or I can bring my Epiphone Casino. I think acoustic basses sound meh.
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#16
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Or get a jack cassady epiphone, an epic bass, tried one today, seriously good.


Watch the QA on those suckers though. Last one I played had drip marks through the holes and impossibly high action.

Ibanez Artcore would be my suggestion. Or a P bass with flats with a smallish amp. It works quite well and I use that setup for most acoustic gigs.
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Quote by anarkee
Watch the QA on those suckers though. Last one I played had drip marks through the holes and impossibly high action.

Ibanez Artcore would be my suggestion. Or a P bass with flats with a smallish amp. It works quite well and I use that setup for most acoustic gigs.

see? I'm not completely insane. UG's den mother agrees.
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#18
You're not insane, but the whole reason ABG's exist is so you don't have to play a solid body instrument at an acoustic gig. And believe me, if you give one a proper setup and play it right, it'll sing. Me and fitz used to go round and round about this, remember? I still maintain that if it sounds clacky, you're doing it wrong.

The trick is to set the action fairly high, and dig in very close to the neck. This results in a huge loss of fret noise and a much fuller tone that works amazingly well with acoustic instruments, even plugged in. It also allows for much more volume without a pick, which means that many more basses besides the thunderchief can play along with a guitar.
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#19
*note, yes you are going to hear me rave about a Warwick*

Actually if you want to go semi-hollow and have a really gorgeous sound (and have a serious load of cash) go with a Warwick Star Bass. I played one this week and I'm in serious, serious lust. Its a heavy sucker but the Bulbinga was just lush and I loved the tone.

But honestly, if you don't have that kind of cash, I'd go with an Artcore or a Pbass with flats.
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Actually if you want to go semi-hollow and have a really gorgeous sound (and have a serious load of cash) go with a Warwick Star Bass. I played one this week and I'm in serious, serious lust. Its a heavy sucker but the Bulbinga was just lush and I loved the tone.

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#21
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*note, yes you are going to hear me rave about a Warwick*

Actually if you want to go semi-hollow and have a really gorgeous sound (and have a serious load of cash) go with a Warwick Star Bass. I played one this week and I'm in serious, serious lust. Its a heavy sucker but the Bulbinga was just lush and I loved the tone.

But honestly, if you don't have that kind of cash, I'd go with an Artcore or a Pbass with flats.

Tam? Warwick?

the inevitable has occured. the only semihollows I've played that really impressed me were that Coronado. yes, a CBS. and a Guild Starfire. but the Coronado was much snappier. wowza.
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#22
Originally Posted by the humanity
the only acoustic that actually works loud enough to be effective is the Tacoma Thunderchief,.


Originally Posted by OtamotPuhctek
You should define your terms. Effective for what?


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Nothing...for any decent volume you still have to plug it in, just like an acoustic guitar. It is, however, the most common ABG you'll find that can match an acoustic in volume. with a typical bass setup. Many more ABGs can keep up with a proper setup, though.


But you don't. That's the point of defining the intended use of the instrument.
For example....
>There's an ABG at my computer/DAW. If I hear something that catches my ear, regardless of the source, it's right there ready to play.
>I can play it anywhere in the house without having to set up an amp.
>It's plenty loud to play acoustically with play along material (Aebersold, Band in a Box).
>No need for an extension chord or amp if I want to mix a cocktail, light up a cigar and play outside by the fire pit.
>I can/have easily played with a jazz guitar player by the pit.
>Toss it in the jeep (sorry, heep for the LC lovers) and go camping. Play it under the redwoods, sitting in a stream and around the fire. I've accompanied two quiet guitars with singing and no one, among thirteen, had an issue hearing the bass.

To be fair, I also gig regularly with an ABG and it's always plugged in. From the piano/bass duets to the horn fronted quartets/quintets. There's no way it would cut. However, no solid slab will ever sound like my ABG, and that's the bottom line.


OtamotPuhctek...That's like a guitarist saying... "I'd like to play my nylon string classical, but if I have to plug in, I'll bring my Strat"

The Humanity...and no it's not. it's like saying blues... I can bring my old Strat, or I can bring my Epiphone Casino. I think acoustic basses sound meh.

Actually it is.
#23
^I'm not going to argue with you. it works for you. in my experiences, I have found it useless.
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#24
Are there any reviews for acoustic bass guitars on this site? I can't seem to find any.
#25
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Are there any reviews for acoustic bass guitars on this site? I can't seem to find any.


Don't know of any reviews on this site, but I haven't look either.
There are reviews on the Harmony Central site. A search for "acoustic bass" might do it, but a specific make/model would certainly help.
And google... again, make/model+review. Also, talkbass, quite a few ABGer's over there.
There's a few more but I can't remember them at the moment..
Oh, don't know if he's still around, but "the dud pit", had an ABG forum.