#1
I know acoustic basses don't have the best reputation but today at band practice, one of my band members brought up the idea of me getting an acoustic bass so we could maybe play some acoustic gigs. And I always like ideas that involve me getting some new toys to play with ! Does anyone know of any decent acoustic basses that are relatively cheap and won't burn a hole in my pocket?
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#2
the olympia's by tacoma are pretty good, but i'm not sure how much they are...
i know the tacoma's are pretty pricy though....
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#3
I've said it before and I'll say it again, theres hardly any point acoustic bass guitars, with some EQ work and a lower powered amp you can create the same sound with an electric bass for free. Unless you're getting a stand-up, which are a whole different instrument, then just use your electric.
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#5
Yeah I've been lookin at the Dean acoustic basses because they look pretty decent for being so cheap and it would be kind of fun to have a bass I can just pick up and play for the heck of it with no amp.
#7
I've played that Dean several times--the studio I go to has one. I am incredibly underwhelmed every time I play it, so definitely try it before you buy it.
#8
Yeah I always try a bass before I buy it so I definetly will next time I go to guitar center.
#9
There aren't many that are loud enough to play with acoustic guitars, so it's good to take along a small combo or something. If you get an electric one (nearly all are), make sure to get one with a good preamp.

Get a cheap preamp and you might as well eq your solid-body to sound like it. Get a good one and no electric you can ever buy will sound like it.

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#10
I have been waiting for a chance to post about these. almost definitely outside of your price range, but damn nice acoustic basses nonetheless.
http://64.180.97.138/kinal/bass.htm
Scroll down to the Kinal Kompact.

Here's a few examples of the sound (not my playing).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB2S4kWF2yo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5wN1IX4w7Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP9NM4JCxgQ
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#11
I've heard good things about Michael Kelly Dragonfly basses, but I'm skeptical. Anyone know how they are in terms of acoustic bass types?

Regardless, I name dropped the bass I was going to suggest. They come in 4 string, 4 string fretless, 5 string, and 5 string fretless. Although I have a hard time with fretless, I don't know how I'd handle a 5 string fretless acoustic bass :\
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#12
^ volume-wise they are average....but as far as sound and playability they are excellent. The first time I played one I thought I was playing something in the $2K/$3K range
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#14
Ovation electro-acoustic
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#15
i've played several acoustic basses (including several of the inexpensive dean basses) and i've never found one that i'd even consider wanting to own, let alone buy. tone, volume and general playability are always compromised. they all seem to be gimmicky, with more style than substance. that said, i've never played one worth more than £500, so perhaps there are more expensive ones on the market that are worth owning.
#16
I've played some Takamine acoustic basses, and they were pretty good, around £300, great value.
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#18
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I don't own one but apparently the Tacoma Thunderchief is real good.


It's good, but very expensive.

If you can find an Olympia version of a Thuderchief (OB3CE), they're great.
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#19
The Olympia OB3CE is great for the price.

The two issues I have with the Dean acoustic basses are that the sound is really meh, even for an acoustic. And they're unwieldy if you are on the small side. I feel like this picture when I play one:

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I think I'm going to look into buying that.
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#27
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I think the frets are just marked.

yeah i realize that. is it worth it's price?
#28
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yeah i realize that. is it worth it's price?


Lol sorry I misread what you said.

I thought you wrote:

"How is this a fretless bass"
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Lol sorry I misread what you said.

I thought you wrote:

"How is this a fretless bass"

haha no