Posted by Tony Baluga on May 22, 2001 at 00:12:10:
In Reply to: 4 string a/e bass guitar posted by Sandy on May 18, 2001 at 22:13:51:
: I am wanting to learn bluegrass bass but cant really carry an upright in my ford escort!
: Are the a/e bass guitars loud enough to be heard well in an all acoustic jam setting?
: There are several on ebay I am considering lke the Epiphone El Capitan and the Fender BG29 as well as others.
: Are there any recommendations?
: Will a solid top have more volume than laminated?
: Are there any mid price models that have a less chunky neck?
I own an El Capitan. The volume obtained playing unplugged is very small, not loud enough to be heard across an average size living room. I also experience a lot of feedback when using an amplifier. I had to rig up a small foam cover for the soundhole and that helps. The sound of El Capitan tends to snowball and it needs some getting used to. Of all my bass guitars (acoutic and electric), this is the one I play the least.
I also own a gitaron - 6 string Mariachi fretless acoustic portable bass - tuned A-D-G-C-E-A. The body bigger and deeper towards the back and has to be played facing upwards. In order to get enough volume, one has to really pluck hard (upwards) on the instrument - using 2 strings at a time, as the Mariachi bass player taught me. I never developed enough calluses to play this one loud enough. I am thinking of having it electrified but for now I have decided to keep it as is, for fear of damaging this unique instrument.
There simply is no acoustic bass out there, that I know of, that can replace a regular upright.
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