Re: Acoustic Bass Guitars

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Posted by mike on January 22, 2000 at 11:43:22:

In Reply to: Acoustic Bass Guitars posted by Reece on January 14, 2000 at 12:59:33:

: I often have informal jam sessions with 2-3 acoustic guitars playing
: the rock/pop music we grew up to, usually with 2-3 vocalists doing harmony
: with no microphones. Currently I use an electric bass with
: a small amp. It seems most acoustic bass guitars (not upright) have
: pickups, etc to be amplified. However, do the acoustic bass guitars have
: enough volume/presence to be heard and sound good in a setting like this
: without amplification? Anybody with experience in this area?

yes the acoustic bass can be heard,here is what i do.i'm in the same situation
alot.first of all on the acoustic bass i use a bronze set of strings, this
really helps the "voice" of the bass,steel strings on an acoustic sound dead'
the second thing i did was slightly adjust my style, i am mostly a finger
player, but for the acoustic i started playing with a pick, usually a green
fender nylon or a green dunlop tortex both .88mm. this will allow you to
be right up there in shear terms of volume without the amp,also it will
allow you to strum power chords and pick out the harmonics more briliantly.
i use a washburn ab20 and a carlo robeli i had converted to fretless.
and this works out great.any questions feel free to e-mail me...mike


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