I learned that what makes tube amps so special is they amplify the overtones making your sound both richer and more organic sounding. The difference is that non-tube amplifiers don’t pass the overtones or, at least, don’t pass the overtones in the same way or at the same volume as a tube amp. At least, this is what I got out of what I was reading. If I’ve missed something, please feel free to correct me.
I also watched a video (which I can’t find right now) where the guy, using a combination of acoustic pickups managed to really bring out the overtone of his acoustic bass. Something didn’t sound right about it though. He then recorded a second track, over the acoustic bass track, with an acoustic guitar. It sounded awful. The overtones from the bass crowded into the sonic space of the guitar and it ended up sounding like a mess.
It made me decide to leave this idea alone till I can afford a tube amp I can play with.
All of this did bring me full circle to see what I could find to make my acoustic bass sound more like an electric solid body bass. What I found was the magnetic soundhole pickup but there aren’t very many options for acoustic bass. I came across posts where people were using bar style sound hole pickups made for guitar. I’m guessing these use rails instead of individual poles. I haven’t found any sound samples and I really don’t understand why this would be a good solution.
@Jamietashi @howard @terb @korrigan or anybody else who understands pickup design, I’m looking for a good soundhole pickup for my acoustic bass. If anyone can offer any help I would really appreciate it.