#1
Hi there!
Well I need an acoustc bass for a gig in a church Yeah it's a church.
The most important fact is that the bass must be cheap!
A 4-string bass would be fine too and it should sound acceptable.
Ahhhm... yeah a Preamp or how it's called should be on board too.
And finall it's very usefull if I could buy that bass in germany!

So that's all I want, I hope that there are any basses or even one bass in the world that would achieve what I want.

otherwise I searched on EBay and found these things. If you could give some ratings or opinions about them it will help a lot too

1)
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300365977494&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
2)
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120493609769&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
3)
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310182080416&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
4)
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220483879930&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
#2
Olympia OB3CE. You could prolly pick one up used for about 300 bucks. And it's an absolutely amazing. It's actually loud, and it actually sounds good.
#4
why does it have to be acoustic?
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#5
Well thank you for these hints!
The church we'll play in is very huge, but we'll have a PA provided by the organisators.
Yeah I need an acoustic bass because of the tone and the look.
I already have an electric bass, but it won't fit in as good as an acousical one.
so that's the reason.
ahhm... yeah thank you thus far.

But do you have any more Opinions, suggestions or advices?

By the way: Can you tell me something about this one?
http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbb30nt_akustikbass.htm
Experiences, or if it's usefull for just one or two gigs?
#6
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But do you have any more Opinions, suggestions or advices?

By the way: Can you tell me something about this one?
http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbb30nt_akustikbass.htm
Experiences, or if it's usefull for just one or two gigs?


Just get one with a good preamp and decent woods, basically. The one you linked seems ok. It's got a good-sized body, good woods, and a 4-band preamp. It'll probably neck-dive quite a bit if there's a front strap button, but it'll be fine if it ties behind the nut.
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#7
Quote by King-For-A-Day
Well thank you for these hints!
The church we'll play in is very huge, but we'll have a PA provided by the organisators.
Yeah I need an acoustic bass because of the tone and the look.
I already have an electric bass, but it won't fit in as good as an acousical one.
so that's the reason.
ahhm... yeah thank you thus far.

But do you have any more Opinions, suggestions or advices?

By the way: Can you tell me something about this one?
http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbb30nt_akustikbass.htm
Experiences, or if it's usefull for just one or two gigs?


I've heard the Harley Benton to be a decent "bang for the buck" ABG.
In general, the larger the body, the louder the acoustic volume (there are exceptions). However, since you'll be playing plugged in, it's also good to remember the louder the ABG is acoustically, the more prone to feedback it may be when amplified. It's possible you may get better results from a smaller (read: not as large as a jumbo) bodied ABG.

Here's a clip of an HB fretless (no me). Decent tone; moderate bass face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ADQhv2flw
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#8
I'm just saying this from a financial/RoR perspective here...But I just fail to see a point on spending a decent chunk of change on something you are planning on not using that often.

Like Humanity said, does it have to be acoustic? You already plugged in and with a quick change of the strings and some EQ adjustment your current bass your already in the ballpark tonally. 170 bucks seems kinda expensive considering how little you plan on using it (once or twice). Not to mention you get what you pay for - If your buying a cheap ass bass, expect to get a cheap ass bass.

Conversely spending a little bit more on something nicer *cough*The Olympia I mentioned earlier *cough* you might actually find an instrument that has some qualities that you desire. Mainly good playablity and decent tone.
#9
That Olympia is not the only good-sounding ABG out there in the price range, you know. There are quite a few that sound just as good.
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That Olympia is not the only good-sounding ABG out there in the price range, you know. There are quite a few that sound just as good.


I know. It's just my personal favortie and I have to back myself up.

But more imporantly, I'm just saying a cheap instrument that you plan on using once, is going to get used once. A decent instrument is going to get some milage put on it, maybe not imeaditely, but eventually.

170 bucks - used almost never
300 bucks - used more often
#11
I see, lol. I don't mean to be harsh about it...it's just that because of Fitz, half the forum thinks that the thunderchief and the olympia are the only ABG's ever made that are worth having. It's pretty frustrating...we've gone through the same type of thing with the GSR200 and Squier VM/CV's, and Acoustic amps.

I agree about the impracticality of buying something you'll never use, but even if he doesn't use it a lot on gigs, an ABG goes a long way toward helping you practice and keeping you interested in bass, solely because they're so easy to pick up and fool around with.
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#12
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I see, lol. I don't mean to be harsh about it...it's just that because of Fitz, half the forum thinks that the thunderchief and the olympia are the only ABG's ever made that are worth having. It's pretty frustrating...we've gone through the same type of thing with the GSR200 and Squier VM/CV's, and Acoustic amps.


Pssssht. I hyave always said that the Warwick Alien is one of the best acoustic basses around.
#13
Try a Dean EAB or EABC. They are loud and play fairly well. new they run about $200. Used, much less. Try one and see.
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