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Re: 4 string a/e bass guitar

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Posted by Andy Seed on May 20, 2001 at 00:07:39:

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 fully agree with Steve , there's no way you can get anywhere near the sound , not just in terms of volume but richness, depth and tone quality of an upright from an a/e bass guitar . Even amped they don't have anything close to the sound - they,re O.K for practicing if you're really cramped for space at home but that's about it !
As for transporting an upright in an Escort have you never heard of roof racks ? When I first started out I used to lash my old ply bass to the roof of the car and providing it's done properly and you have a good waterproof cover you shouldn't have any problems.Tie it on tight though - I've seen the results of a bass coming off at speed on a roundabout - it ain't pretty.Having said that there is absolutely NO WAY my carved bass is EVER going on the roof of a car.

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