#1
Me and my jazz band instructor were discussing basses today. Particularly uprights, because he thinks it'd be awesome if I got one to play for the band.

Well, uprights are kinda on the pricey side.. so we were talking about what kind of tone it made and he mentioned a sort of acoustic tone.

So I asked if an acoustic bass would work to get the same sort of sound..

Well, I don't have access to either one for a while, but I will be sure to play them both for myself..

but how does tone differ from an upright bass to an acoustic bass?
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#2
upright is deeper........i think.... and fretless wich has that ...mwah

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#3
%100. They have absolutely nothing in common. The biggest difference? The tone. An acoustic just sounds like a warmer bass guitar, the upright sounds like an upright. Don't cop for an acoustic, go all the way for an upright or don't go at all.
#4
Fretless acoustic FTW
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#5
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%100. They have absolutely nothing in common. The biggest difference? The tone. An acoustic just sounds like a warmer bass guitar, the upright sounds like an upright. Don't cop for an acoustic, go all the way for an upright or don't go at all.


Thanks. Advice like this is the reason why I ask first before doing anything else. ^.^
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#6
You'd probably be better off with a fretless electric. I don't do much jazz, but when I need an upright sound, my Warwick Corvette fretless has a setting that you would swear was an upright with a mic on it. I've never heard an acoustic bass guitar that sounded much like an upright without being eq'ed to sound that way and if you're not used to the finger spacing of an upright it will take awhile to adjust.

Just giving you another option.
#7
You won't get an upright sound from a 34" scaled instrument. An acoustic bass sounds like an acoustic guitar. This may be a bad example, but an acoustic bass and an upright bass have similar things in common like a mandolin and a violin does.
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#8
Dont go for an acoustic bass for a REAL gig. They might be fine for toodling around, but for important situations you would have to amplify it in which case you may as well play an electric, and EQ the hell out of it.
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Quote by jazz_rock_feel
%100. They have absolutely nothing in common. The biggest difference? The tone. An acoustic just sounds like a warmer bass guitar, the upright sounds like an upright. Don't cop for an acoustic, go all the way for an upright or don't go at all.


Thats not really fair though is it.

Yeah if they want to use the acoustic as a cop out for the upright, then dont get the acoustic but acoustics sound gorgeous!
#11
also you can hear an upright unamplified in many ensembal and performance settings.... no one: you, other musicians, or the audience will ever actually hear the acoustic bass guitar if it is unplugged. The one exception might be playing by yourself in a quiet room, which is where I think most of us probably play our acoustic: throw in a single steel string acoustic guitar and the bass becomes pretty much inaudible.
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Thats not really fair though is it.

Yeah if they want to use the acoustic as a cop out for the upright, then dont get the acoustic but acoustics sound gorgeous!


Actually, a lot of acoustics don't have that good of a tone. They sound very thin and yucky.
#13
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
Actually, a lot of acoustics don't have that good of a tone. They sound very thin and yucky.


Frankly, if you don't have about $1200.00 to invest in a Tacoma Thunderchief or even more money to invest in a vintage Earthwood (EB) its not worth it. And even then you are not going to get that upright sound.

Fitz will probably chime in somewhere about the mechanics of it all, but you need to realize that the acoustic bass was not built to replace an upright but rather provide an acoustic cousin to the electric bass. When Ernie Ball design the first ABG, it was based on the mexican instrument the guitarron, not an upright.