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northernmunkeh Acoustic bass guitars (39) RE: Acoustic bass guitars 09 Apr 08

Just tried out a few acoutic bass guitars in Newcastle's music shops. Not much choice - and I don't want to buy something I haven't tried out, so the web is out.

I am told that a good scale length and solid wood top not laminates are a must. The cheap ones I tried (laminates) certainly don't have enough volume. Two were more impressive - a DEAN PB Dao and Tanglewood 155. However, the particular Dean I tried went out of tune above the octave (intonation was out and the bridge is not adjustable - try assessing that from a web site!). The Tanglewood resonated well and I think it would stand up to being played acoustically with one or two other instruments. I am after portability too, so an upright is not on my shopping list. I plan to take a friend along to see if the tone is loud enough from a few feet away (I want to test this with my playing style not some demonstrator's). I'd recommend the same for anyone else who is looking.

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