What is the Acoustic Bass Guitar?
The Acoustic Bass Guitar is a large, hollow-bodied Bass Guitar that produces a more open and "Blooming" tone than an ordinary Electric Bass Guitar.
There are many different types and makes available, many of which contain built in Electronics and Microphones so that you can plug them into an Amplifier. Bass Players typically play the Acoustic when they are looking for a tone more in line with that of the Upright or Double Bass or are looking to play with other instruments, such as an Acoustic Guitar.
If you've wanted to get a more Upright-like tone, but don't have the time or money to invest in a Double Bass, consider trying one out. It is especially useful in situations where people are jamming without Amps, and I've found that it's a lot easier to just pull out an my Acoustic and jam with others than it is to carry around and set up an amp.
Also, consider how many times you have had an idea come into your head that you've wanted to get out on your Bass. Wouldn't it be easier if you could just pull out your Acoustic and jam on it without having to worry about all sorts of Amps and Electronics and Pedals? Actually, an Acoustic with effects might sound really interesting. Who knows, maybe this could be the way that you find your signature tone?
If you travel a lot, its also easy on the back and requires less in the way of amplification than the typical Electric Bass does.
Acoustic Basses are available Fretted, Fretless, in Four, Five, Six and more Strings as well as with about as many different kinds of Electronics as there are players who use them. You can read a Page on the different kinds of Acoustics as well as some of the different kinds of Materials used to get a better idea of what to look for.
If you are planning on looking into getting or playing an Acoustic, you may also want to consider buying an Acoustic Bass Case. While the instrument is a great one, it also suffers (like all other sorts of Acoustic Instruments) from being more susceptible to dings and cracks, due to the nature of its construction.
They also generally use a different kind of String than most Electric Basses do. Consider reading my section on Strings to get an idea of what you might need if you decide to pick one up.
If you decide to play one, you should read my article here about getting a good sound out of the Acoustic Bass. The structural differences between the two kinds of Basses mean that they require slightly different playing techniques from each other in order to get the best sound out of each of them.
There are also many different kinds and styles of Bass out there for you to consider. You should read my page on what to look for when you're buying in order to make sure that you aren't being swindled.
Playing an Acoustic Bass is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. Look into my other pages on this subject in order to get more familiar with the different quirks of this unique and often overlooked instrument.
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