Buying Acoustic Basses
While buying any sort of instrument can be a challenge, albeit an exciting one, buying Acoustic can be an even bigger hassle. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to buy the best Bass you can find:
The bigger an Acoustic Bass is, the more sound it will usually project. If you're going to buy one for volume and to be heard in acoustic jams, you may want to buy the biggest one you can find that you like.
If you want to cut through the mix better, consider going with a Maple-Bodied Bass. Basses made of Maple tend to be brighter and have a sharper, more cutting tone that works better in group situations.
Acoustic Basses without frets tend to sound closer to an Upright bass than the fretted ones do. If you want to get a more upright like tone, consider learning to play the Fretless Bass.
Many companies make Acoustic Bass Strings in addition to Electric Bass Strings. The Strings for an Acoustic Bass tend to be thicker and last longer than Electric Strings do, so you shouldn't be too worried about breaking them. However, they also cost more and are harder to find. I would suggest looking for them online if you have the option. You'll get a bigger selection that way.
Looks are completely based on opinion. If you like the way a Bass looks, don't let anyone tell you differently. Some companies use very attractive woods on top of their Basses in order to make them look nicer. When you're buying Acoustic, this is a bigger deal than Electrics since the wood has a more direct impact on the tone (Due to the Acoustic nature) on an Acoustic Bass. However, if you like the way a Bass looks, generally the sound isn't changed enough to stop the Bass from sounding nice. If you like it, go for it. They do usually charge an additional cost for purdy woods, though, so remember to keep that in mind.
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