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Posted by Kristi Hamilton on May 28, 2001 at 17:38:24:
In Reply to: Re: 4 string a/e bass guitar posted by steve on May 19, 2001 at 06:51:40:
: I think you will find the answer is no,there is not an acoustic bass guitar that will be loud enough to be heard over a group of other instruments without some form of amplification.It somewhat defeats the object if you have to take even a small amp.I think i would try to devise a method of transport for an upright(there is always a way!)much better sound as well. good luck.
I am a player in an Old Time-psuedo bluegrass band and use a Taylor bass. I started on the El Capitan from Epiphone and it had to be amped unless being played in a partially enclosed area(like a tarp hung low in a campground). The Taylor, while not as loud as a stand up, holds it's own admirably in a large jam setting. I just got home from the Florida Folk Festival and played the Taylor acoustically all weekend in the musicians campground. I have also found that when the sound isn't enough acoustically, the Pignose Hog(40 amp) battery powered amp does a fine job. I look for a sound that compares to the thumping of the stand up but carries the sustain of an electric. The sansamp bass box is also a valuable addition for the acoustic bass player. It helps boost the bottom to closely imitate the stand up sound.
As a player that plays a very untraditional instrument in an extremely traditional genre, I can say that an acoustic/electric bass can be played well and be heard and appreciated in a blue grass setting. Old time music doesn't allow any electronics in general, but I get asked to sit in with many players because the style and sound of my Taylor works.
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