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lunchmeat
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I'm looking for an acoustic bass that won't set me really far back, but hopefully will be a fairly quality instrument. Under $400 would be great, if possible. I'm looking for a four-stringer just for regular practice, so I don't always have to plug in to practice.

Any suggestions/ideas? Is the cheap stuff any good or will I really have to go higher to get something that's playable and has good tone? Looking for advice from anyone who's bought one, because I've never bought an acoustic bass before.

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slejhamer
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If you can up your budget or find a used one, the Breedlove Atlas series are quite good.

For a video review, click Breedlove Atlas in the "channels" menu at the left:
http://www.bassplayer.tv/

Some folks like the Michael Kelly line, but the ones I've seen at GC have been very inconsistent. Some nice, some very poor.

"Everybody got to elevate from the norm."


   
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lunchmeat
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Man....checked out that video, and everything looked great! That is, until I heard the price. Don't think I'll be upping my budget any time soon. :P

Soooo.....I guess I'll have to take some steps down in quality, but I don't need something really really nice - just something that will sound okay, it doesn't have to look nice, and hopefully something that isn't shoddy. Shoddiness is really the thing that I'm afraid of in cheaper models.

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LOL; sorry about that. :oops:

The funny thing with Breedlove is that I've seen them substantially cheaper at mom & pop stores than at GC or online. Shop around, check out Craigslist for a used one if you have it near you, etc.

P.S. Why an acoustic bass?

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lunchmeat
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Hey, nah, it's cool. If I had $1000 to spare, I'd probably pick up that 5-string...

I'll check around the local stores, though, see if they have anything worth getting. Kind of odd that it works that way, but maybe the smaller stores get a reduced wholesale price or something? I don't know.

I'm thinking acoustic just because I think it'd be a fun change. It might bring about some differences, which usually ends up bringing out creativity, and I think I'd like to be able to play unplugged sometimes. Plus, there's something about an acoustic anything that you don't really get with an electric - the vibrations. I love taking my guitar and playing an open Emajor chord, or tuning down to DADGAD and playing an open chord there. I'll just sit back and listen. I guess it's kinda weird, but I kinda want that in a bass.

Of course, right now, it's between an acoustic bass and a new amp head/cab, so I guess we'll see what happens! I'll definitely check around for Breedloves at my local shops.

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