Posted by James on September 18, 2001 at 14:53:48:
In Reply to: Strange Question posted by §žurious on September 18, 2001 at 11:29:20:
Why waste your time on lousy sounding compromises?
Use the analogy of comparing a Steinway grand piano with a vibrating spruce soundboard to a Yamaha electric keyboard. Or those compact drum sets with the heads alone (no drum shells) to a set of old Gretch drums. Which will sound the best?
The sound of air vibrating through the f holes from a large wooden sound chamber is the sound of an acoustic bass, not vibrating strings on a little (or no) body through a pickup and amp. That's why you don't see many electric basses or electric uprights used in acoustic & classical music. In jazz, they simply don't drive a band; there's no punch and they don't blend well with the other acoustic instruments.
Go find a beat up plywood bass for $500 and put some work into it. Don't waste time and money on those goofy electric sticks which you'll eventually be disatisfied with. Besides, you'll get more gigs with a real upright.
. : this may be the wrong place to ask this but it's worth a shot:
: What are the differences between an Electric Upright Bass and An Acoustic Upright Bass? Aside of course the obvious ones of size, sometimes price, I think what I'm asking for is quality and the sound of the instruments in comparison.
: The Reason I'm asking is that I do play electric bass (four string electric, five string acoustic/electric) already and want to get into playing Upright. Now, just out of university, there isn't the money for even a cheap used Upright so I'm looking at building an upright elctric and see what I can do.
: Any thoughts? suggestions? Snide comments?
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