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My drummer asked me tonight if I knew of a good brand of acoustic Bass Guitar to get. He wants to accompany his son, who's playing a sort of pastoral British folk music on a resonator - like Johnny Flynn.

 

I recall years ago when I was was playing bass that there was only really one good one to get - The Guild B-50 - because it actually had bottom end unplugged. I recall renting an Ovation for a few weeks at the cottage and it had more attack and string noise than actual tone. Have things changed? With a lot of decent guitars now coming out of China?

 

Does anyone have any suggestions for him? - in, say the 400-600$ range. Alvarez?

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I had a Dean ABG for several years, which I thought sounded pretty good. It had a jack so you could plug it in to an amp, and also an on-board equalizer. I never gigged with it, but would use it for practice occasionally. The problem, however, was that it was so big and bulky it became uncomfortable to play for more than a few minutes at a time. I eventually sold it. Deans are not expensive, and you can pick one up in the $250 - $350 range.
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Unless the kid is also playing acoustic, the ABG will have a lot of trouble cutting through.

 

The Fender T-Bucket ($600) is a nice acoustic/electric combo that reasonably priced and decent in quality.

 

Steer clear of the Ibanez AEB10s. The active pre-amp is junk. I have one of these. It's a nice bass otherwise; I use it for noddling just before bed.

 

A 6", 15W practice amp can be had for almost nothing anymore. That would be money well invested.

 

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I had an Alvarez 4 string AGB that sounded nice and was quite playable. The body size of the one I had wasn't real big so it was reasonably comfortable but it wasn't very loud unplugged. Plugged in it sounded really nice. Alvarez no longer makes the model I had though. I sold it though and now I have a Dean playmate 5 string ABG that plays very nicely and sounds ok unplugged. Plugged in it was really bad as the playmate series has really bad electronics. I replaced them though with a inexpensive Fishman preamp system I got off of Ebay. Now it sounds much better! It has a large body though and can be a bit uncomfortable.

 

I agree with Phil that most AGBs don't fill a room with sound but I think they will keep up with an acoustic guitar as long as the player of the guitar isn't banging away on it. I do recommend using a small amp or plugging in to the PA though.

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Not in your price range given but the Rigel ABG would probably work.

 

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There is no such thing as being unplugged and being heard...

Really? This statement bums me out.

The standard for loud acoustic bass is URB (arco, preferably).

 

There is no such thing as an ABG that is as loud as similar acoustic string instruments such as guitar, mandolin, banjo, "fiddle", etc. (Unless your name is Vince and you wield a mighty plectrum.)

 

Even the standard URB isn't ideal; the contrabass of the violin octet is larger and optimized for standard E-A-D-G tuning.

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Sad but true, the ABG is really not loud enough unamped, even amongst acoustic instruments. An URB uses not only the large body as a sound chamber, but possibly a little bit of groundwave to make it's lower end hearable, because it's actually being felt, bone conduction.

 

Still, for just messing around, an ABG is a nice instrument when you want to play practice and feel the bass, and you can get a nice tone off of it. The light weight is a plus./

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Dang Lug, that's a BIG ol' bass!

 

If I only had an extra $2k laying about....

 

The cool thing about the Rigel is that the neck is in some sort of dovetail slot and can be removed w/o tools. Great for transport.

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