Soliciting recommendation on an ABG?

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Re: Soliciting recommendation on an ABG?

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:04 am

I've got an Ibanez AEB10K Acoustic.

It's got me a few outdoor wedding gigs
and I've also used it amplified in a duo setting.

Unplugged, I think it's able to move more air than the player may realize,
since we are above and behind the soundhole.
While jamming with another bass friend
(he has an older fretless acoustic Washburn)
he asked me not to point it at him.
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Amplified, feedback is of course a danger,
especially if you are movng around on stage.

I've also taken this thing to a few low volume rehearsals,
when I didn't want to deal with a full rig
and it's fun to sit on the couch with
or to walk around the yard in the morning.

It's nice to have one.
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Re: Soliciting recommendation on an ABG?

Postby bigfatbass » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:18 am

I missed that link, VERY cool they are doing this! With some of the design and tension flaws worked out, I'd definitely love to own one. Someone should tell them that if they are going to drop Brian Ritchie's name in their pitch, they should probably fix the line where it says "Raisin In The Sun", instead of "Blister In The Sun". Two very different things, being that one is a gawdawful tragic novel that children are forced to read for reasons only known to English teachers who hate children, and the other is a song that might have resulted from the angst filled life of a teenager forced to read Raisin in the Sun.

I would love to check one out, the price point isn't crazy for a hand made acoustic bass. The Chinese made "Standard" model is sure to have a an even lower cost (I'm assuming) than the $1600 listed for one of the others. They have a chance at really moving some of these to the right crowd.
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Re: Soliciting recommendation on an ABG?

Postby Rob Francis » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:19 am

Paul DeLano wrote:I still want one of those Earthwood basses.

No idea why.

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Paul

I ordered one back in the day. . .right before they stopped production [smilie=coz.gif] still looking too.
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Re: Soliciting recommendation on an ABG?

Postby hoytbasses » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:45 pm

I've built probably 8 ABG's........The biggest was 17.5" at the lower bout and 5" deep ......beautiful spruce top and waterfall bubinga body...... K&K sound under the bridge plate pickup (THE most natural sounding pickup out there IMO) and it couldn't hang with even a classical guitar at low volumes. That's why Bajo Sextos are probably double the size/thickness.... ABG's can't hang with acoustic guitars, mandos, etc... purely unplugged.

The smallest one I built was 14" at the lower bout, only 3" deep and 32 scale..... plugged in it sounded just like the big guy and it was way more comfy to play.... I've tried a bunch of combinations of woods/scales/bracing... none of them are loud enough unplugged.

I tend to agree with you all; Fretted ABG's (especially with shitty under the saddle pickups) sound clanky and .....well......bad....

However, a fretless ABG, rocking the Thomastic acousticores and a bridge plate pickup has a really cool, very expressive, ethereal sound...... Great fusion-y tone which, when EQ-ed just right can give you a pretty decent upright tone.

I also agree with y'all..... for a fad instrument, get one that's 'affordable'... I played one of those deans... not that bad.
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Re: Soliciting recommendation on an ABG?

Postby bigfatbass » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:56 pm

Checked the sticker, my Dean was indeed made in China. I'll post another report after I get the real pick-up/pre-amp in it.
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Trust your ears, serve your soul." ~Philip Toshio Sudo "Zen Guitar"



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