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Re: Acoustic 4-string bass guitar

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Posted by Travis on January 14, 2002 at 23:06:18:

In Reply to: Re: Acoustic 4-string bass guitar posted by Sandy Gail on September 14, 2001 at 11:37:42:

: : : Hello:
: : : I am wanting to purchase an acoustic bass guitar that can be heard in an all acoustic jam w/guitar,banjo and mandolin.I dont want an upright or an electric bass.
: : : Will the Epiphone El Capitan,Johnson,Fender etc work for this?
: : : Are there any that will besides Tacoma & Taylor?

: : Hello, I've had 2 of type of basses with different oppinions of each.
: : #1. was a acoustic only, non cutaway, spruce/maple big blonde bodied HarpTone that had super tone/response etc. Wonderful! Made in early 70's, and later 70's Standel had their name on similar ax's. #2. Was a Takamine Jasmine spruce/maple cutaway with bridge piezo & 4 band EQ. It never cut it acoustically, even after several string choices,(maybe too thick of a finish)and it was hard to repeat a good tone electrically if I ever stumbled on one. It ate 9v batteries at the worst times too! I might look at a Guild someday or a custom built. J. Cummins

: Sir,
: Does a bigger "body"mean more volume acoustically?
: The Epiphone is supposed to be BIG ut it is laminated.Will a solid top have more volume over a laminated top?

Bigger body doesn't neccesarily mean more acoustic volume. The solid top should have more volume. I don't play bass but I've been shopping around for my brother and I've tried a bunch(takamine, tacoma, amigo, fender, epiphone, martin). The best that I've found(acoustic sound) was the Martin. It didn't come with a pick-up and ran about $1000. If you've got the money, I would recommend this one. The next in line would probably be the Tacoma. It did have a pick-up and was a little cheaper at about $750. The best quality at the lowest price was the Amigo. I've found it online for $259 at It had a real good acoustic sound and could actually be heard over a guitar.
Hope this helps.

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