Acoustic basses

Any acoustic basses really worth buying? I looked at a few groups and forums and it seems like they’re to quiet to really bother with unless you want to spend some bucks. I’d like one eventually but maybe a hollow body would be better.

What does the bassbuzz folks think?

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You can do a search in the BassBuzz forums for “acoustic,” which will get these discussions to start with:

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As usual it depends…
I fiddled with a few as I considered buying one, ultimately they’re not comfortable to play, but they have a cool sound and if you want to sit outdoors away from an amp they’re a good option
What I wanted was something to play on the couch while watching tv and what not, to memorize the fret board and some shapes ; I got an ukulele type bass, it’s fun , serves the purpose , but it doesn’t replace the electric
Ultimately, give it a try and see if you like it and it fits your purpose

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I have a Fender acoustic.
I like it and have put on tapewounds.
Good sound and decent volume.
ATM I am taking it to work one day a week to jam with a guitar player at lunch (he is much better than me).
It is much easier than luging around a small amp.
I got it to take camping with a group of regulars and the one time I have so far the guitar player hurt his hand and didn’t want to play.

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I love playing my acoustic. It’s great for being able to quickly pick up and play when I’m sitting in the living room. It also has that acoustic sound you can’t get from an electric. Which, I enjoy.

It doesn’t matter how much you spend. If you play a $1,000 acoustic bass, it’s still going to be quiet compared to an acoustic guitar. The physics behind it means the body would have to be as large as a standup bass for it to really work. This is why most of them come with electronics for playing with others.

The only thing I would like different, is I would like to have one that’s smaller. I’ve got a big bodied Dean acoustic and it’s rather cumbersome for what I use it for.

Whether you would like it or not comes down to how you intend to use it.

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Do you find the tapewounds have a bit more volume/sustain than normal flatwounds? I have flats on my electro acoustic but they are quite quiet and have very little sustain (unless it’s plugged in).

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I had Chromes on but didn’t like them. Rounds were too zingy.
Tapes seem pretty good to me and are plenty loud for my needs.
I like flats and tapes on my electrics

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I have an acoustic bass : Ibanez PCBE12MH.
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I bought acoustic so I don’t need to rely on electricity or external equipment. I like it. When I begin looking for amateur musicians to practice with I will buy an amp. We are amateurs, we won’t care :metal: :slight_smile: :metal: .

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