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I know this belongs on the bass forum.  But I don't know anyone over there.  So I don't know who's word carries the weight.  So I'm putting my question here, because I know you guys.

I'm thinking of buying an new toy.  I've been thinking about it for quite a while now.  An acoustic bass.  So I'm tempted to buy a piece of junk just to test the waters, don't like it, give it away, nothing lost.

But then, I know better than that.  The junk may dissuade me from something I might otherwise enjoy if I tried it with a little more quality.  The junk to try it route, is shelved, for now.

So, I'm looking at acoustic basses, several in the $700 to $1500 range.  What can you guys tell me about acoustic basses and the caveats I need to watch out for?   What do I want to keep in mind?

All replies are invited and welcomed.


 Digital Piano
Marshall AS50D
Fender Super Champ XD

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / I wish you ALL,,,,
« on: December 23, 2010, 07:55:41 PM »

I wish you Joy, Health, and Peace.  Merry Christmas to you ALL. Digital Piano
Marshall AS50D
Fender Super Champ XD

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I have a friend who comes by to play with me sometimes, and once we were talking,,,  He told me he uses a bass amp to play his acoustic-electric through, and seems to think many others prefer them also,,  why is that?  What about a bass amp makes it so suitable for acoustic-electrics?  All he could tell me was, it just sounds better.

And while we're on the subject of bass amps,,,,, when looking at the bass amps produced by various companies, I've noticed that almost all (maybe even all) the big amps use a 4-10 or 6-10 or even an 8-10 arrangement.  The guitar amps which are comparable, use 4-12 or 2 4-12 arrangement.  Why the smaller speakers for the bass which produce longer sound waves, and the larger for the guitars?  I know why bass amps are higher powered than comparable guitar amps,, is it for the same reason? Does anyone know?  Know who I could ask? Digital Piano
Marshall AS50D
Fender Super Champ XD

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Washburn has caused me to feel that M.F.er is more important to them then us.  It's probably a wise business decision, but from a ethical perspective I think it is not right.   I could be wrong.  But I could be right.

I'll be withdrawing and not participating here any longer.   I'll miss you guys and wish all the blessings you could wish for.  If Washburn 'allows' it, I will leave my account open so that my email is available to you if any of you would care to stay in touch.  I love you guys and will miss you sorely.

Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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So who do you think is best?

I vote for Jon at Funky Munky, bar none.  He sold me a guitar for about 25% under what those 'big guys' (you know the big one with many fronts) were selling them for.  

He didn't have one in stock, so he took it upon himself to get me one drop shipped from Washburn so I could get it faster.

And he can even hold the item in his hand while he talks to you on the phone, if he has one is stock.  Ask the 'big guys' if they can do that. If they say of course, they are lying.

You go Jon, you are the MAN.

Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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Is there a rule about a person joining the forum (today) making one post (today) trying to persuade a forum member to choose them as retailer over another who also is a forum member (who didn't and doesn't solicit business on the general forum)????

Nick, step up to plate and do the right thing here.  Your credibility is on the line.

One Fing post, to beg a sell from another vendor, on a user forum,,,,

As if M.F.er didn't know how to contact him by email or phone,,,,, this marketing tactic will turn around and bite you ChBaker801,,, you'll loose a lot more sales then you receive for it.

But thanks for reminding why I have such an opinion of M.F.er et.al. as I do.

Hey if you guys at M.F.er are hiring, there is this guy called extramusicaldude I'd like to recommend.

Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

Damn I hate Musician Frauds, er I mean M.F.er.

If I get banned for this, it was worth it.

Musicians Friend ain't your friend.  And they won't be your friend, they may try to posture and pose as your friend, but it's only to get that dollar you're standing on.



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I've been sort of ill for a couple months now, but I'm much better.  Where is everyone and why is it so quiet around here?



Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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American Musical Supply Summer 2010 catalog, page 123.  The Washburn WD5SB.  Can you tell me a little more about that guitar?  What am I looking at?

Do I win a prize????



Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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I've changed bridge pins several times, just seeing what looks good, better, and best.  Whenever I try a new set, I've found they don't fit just right.  They are always a tad large, as they should be, so as to accommodate more guitars, too big is better than too little.  But to get a perfect fit has always taken a couple of hours of sanding them down to match the hole perfectly.  

It was suggested to me awhile back to get a reamer made for the that purpose and make the holes larger with a simple flick of the wrist.  But I was hesitant to enlarge the hole, as I may want to go back to what was there before. And thought maybe somewhere down the road I'd have enlarged holes, and have a problem finding pins large enough.

So there I was, sand, sand, sand,,, try the pin. Sand, sand, sand,,, try the pin. etc, etc, Gripping the pins by the head and twirling them in a piece of sandpaper gripped by my other hand.  It hurt my fingers, and took forever.  I've done ebony and rosewood, and they are very hard and take forever to sand that way.

So this morning I was shaping pins to fit my 00-15. And it dawned on me,,,,, Grip the pin head in my dremel tool and touch it to a piece of sandpaper held flat on the table.  All six bridge pins, a perfect fit, in less than five minutes. Zip, Zip, Check, Zip, Check Done.  And the pin holes are still as small as I started, in case I want to change them again, and again, and again.

Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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Ebony isn't such a good material for saddles on a F10S or WD114S.  Makes the sound flat, dull and chunky and no sustain. It sounded more like some sort of percussion instrument. Don't waste your time unless you're just going to be looking at it instead of playing it.




Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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Contests / Did I win?
« on: March 07, 2010, 07:29:18 PM »
Where are the contests? What are the rules?  What do I win?  Is it free or do I have to pay for it?

Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.

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Did Nick ever respond to the inquiries about the possibility of a D10SW?  Or more F sized SW models?

Nick, how do you guys pick and plan new models?  I haven't seen where you guys seek out opinions or input around here until they've already been decided on.

Maybe it's a dunb{sic} question but I sure would like to know something about the process you guys proceed through.

Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the Truth .... Sherlock Holmes

I got some fiddles, some guitars, a bouzouki, a piano and some other stuff.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / I wish that,,,,,,
« on: February 19, 2010, 03:31:24 PM »
I wish that post had been removed before I trashed my desk.



Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the Truth .... Sherlock Holmes

I got some fiddles, some guitars, a bouzouki, a piano and some other stuff.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcWIL_8UhoU

Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the Truth .... Sherlock Holmes

I got some fiddles, some guitars, a bouzouki, a piano and some other stuff.

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Here is a simple routine to get started with theory, sight reading, ear training and finger dexterity. It does all four simultaneously. If it helps that's great, if you don't like it, I'll give a double what you paid refund.

First pick a major scale, starting with C is good because there are not sharps or flats to keep track of.  At the eight fret, low-E string, this C will allow you to go through two full octaves without having to shift position.  Work up and down the scale until you've 'taught' your fingers where to fall. As you go up and down the scale, try to keep a steady rhythm and sing the notes as you play them, Ceee, Deee, Eeee, etc. This will help both in learning to 'know' where each note is, and train your ears to begin to 'feel'/'sense' the notes and how they relate to each other. If you've got a metronome, use it, at first it will seem to be a hindrance, but trust me, after a while it will be second nature,, a steady, consistent beat can not be over empathized. This may or may not have been really boring, but it's easy to master. Now the fun and challenge begins,,,,

Once you're very comfortable with the C major scale, it's time to begin arpeggios,,, and after a day or so you'll really enjoy this,,,,  Here is where you began to train your ears, fingers and sight/mind. So to do your arpeggios start with the simplest, and you'll find the most rewarding, C-E-G-C (C major chord). D-F-A-D (D minor chord). E-G-B-E (E minor chord). F-A-C-F (F major chord). G-B-D-G (G major chord). A-C-E-A (A minor chord). B-D-F-B (B diminished chord).

If you've kept all your notes diatonic to the key of C, you should have arpeggiated the follow scale degrees: I C major, ii D minor, iii E minor, IV F major, V G major, vi A minor, iiv B diminished. You've also started training your ears to recognize the following intervals, major 3rd, perfect 5th, and minor 3rds.

All your major chords are a root/major 3rd/perfect 5th. You will also notice that a major chord is a major 3rd with a minor 3rd stacked on top of it.

All your minor chords are a root/minor 3rd/perfect 5th. Which is also a minor 3rd with a major third stacked on top of it.

Your iiv chord is a diminished chord and will only be found on the seventh degree of a major scale. It's a root/minor 3rd/diminished 5th, or a minor 3rd with a minor 3rd stacked on top of it.

When you can do the diatonic triad arpeggios pretty smoothly, you may find your self saying to yourself, hey this sounds like,,,,,,, Pick out groups of three notes (chords/triads) and see how certain groups sound really good with each other (C major, F major, and G major) and (D minor, G major,and C major)

Now you have taught your fingers the patterns, and your ears the intervals. You've got a good start on the key of C. Now if you carry those exact same patterns to another starting fret, say the G (3rd fret on the low E string) you've also gotten a good start on the key of G, the patterns are exactly the same, the intervals are exactly the same, the arpeggios are exactly the same, every thing is same but now you're playing in the key of G major.

After getting familiar with the diatonic triads in a major key,, (The same principal will be applied to minor keys, as long as you make sure to use ONLY diatonic notes.),, Apply the same technique to your seventh cords, root/3rd/5th/7th. You'll get some new and more interesting chords, the Major 7th, minor 7th, dominate 7th, and half diminished 7th.

Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the Truth .... Sherlock Holmes

I got some fiddles, some guitars, a bouzouki, a piano and some other stuff.

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