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I'm buying an acoustic bass at the end of the summer and I'm looking for something around 350$. I need help with what to look for and what brand to buy. I've been looking at the Ibanez AEB10 but that's about it. Any help is appreciated thanks!
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Have a look at Cort, the SJB5 or SJB6 should be in your price range and I always thought they seemed pretty good.
I've also tried an Ibanez EWB205 and would consider getting one myself at some point.
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What to look for: bulletproof construction, large body, good electronics. Hope you're not under the delusion that you'll get any significant play unplugged -- if you play aggressively, it can keep up with an acoustic guitar or two for jamming, but for anything more you'll almost certainly be plugged in.

What brands: frankly, there isn't a single one still in production I like. IMHO, most of the ones in that price range -- Dean, Ibanez, etc. -- sound thin and are flimsily built. That said, I'm probably what you'd call a snob, because I happen to have standards.

That said, if you happen to stumble across a used Tacoma Thunderchief or Olympia OB-3CE, don't pass it up! Those are probably the closest you'll come to a usable acoustic bass, short of an upright or maybe a vintage Earthwood. I'd probably buy a P-Bass for serious gigging, since solid bodies are less prone to feedback, but so far my Olympia's handled everything fine. Certainly the most comfortable bass I've ever played.
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I'm buying an acoustic bass at the end of the summer and I'm looking for something around 350$. I need help with what to look for and what brand to buy. I've been looking at the Ibanez AEB10 but that's about it. Any help is appreciated thanks!

I've read good things about the AEB10 on other sites; speaking of "gobs of tone and tremendous sustain". Get a sound hole plug to cut the feedback when you plug in. Perhaps not the loudest acoustically speaking.
Takamine makes a pretty solid acoustic as well. Get out and play as many as you can.
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