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 Post subject: Wanted: High-End ABG
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2021, 12:42 pm 
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Howdy, strangers!

I still lurk, but I've been gas-free for so long, I'm never really on the hunt for basses anymore, so I haven't had anything important to add to the conversation.

Anyway, a few of the guys in one of the projects I'm in want to put together a little acoustic trio, so I'm on the hunt for a quality ABG.

Yes, I'm aware that ABGs don't really work well acoustically because, well, physics, and they're just too small to project the way they should - but I want the best I can get my hands on anyway for "living room parties" and will amp it up for smaller gigs.

Anyone in the USA have one they'd be interested in selling?

I found one I like, but since it's a consignment, the store is not flexible on the price and are telling me "as-is, no returns" and that just makes me nervous. No wonder it's been listed for over two years now. :roll:

Anyway, if you have something higher-end that is a total player and in great shape, hit me up and let's talk!

If I don't find something I'll probably just go with a Martin BC-16EL instead.

Thanks, and I hope you're all staying healthy!

-Chris

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: High-End ABG
PostPosted: April 8th, 2021, 6:35 am 
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If you're interested in something a little different, I was just about to post one of these for sale locally before trying my luck online:

https://goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldtone/instruments/pbb

As a primarily electric player this was a great acoustic solution for me, as the resonator style allows for a slightly smaller body and lower action while still getting reasonable volume and presence when played pick-style (it's a bit on the quiet side fingerstyle, although I didn't experiment with raising the action or changing strings since I was perfectly happy to play with a pick). For my money it is about as playable as you are going to get in something acoustic, particularly given the 32" scale. Has a very cool sound plugged in as well.

If this is of any interest I can take some photos of my actual bass (which of course is a lefty model).


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: High-End ABG
PostPosted: April 8th, 2021, 6:39 am 
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Those resonators seem really cool. I have a couple of more traditional acoustics, so I never took the leap. I love it here, though:

https://youtu.be/L0fyYBXVaCU


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PostPosted: April 8th, 2021, 6:48 am 
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I was really psyched to find it as I hated the feel of most ABGs and was surprised that something like this would exist in a lefty model. However, the acoustic projects I wanted to use it for never got off the ground, and I'm not much of a "pull out my bass and jam with whoever has an acoustic guitar around" type of guy, so it ended up being more of a solution to a problem I didn't really have.


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PostPosted: April 8th, 2021, 6:49 am 
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Chris, I would suggest a German Höfner. Nails the high end requirement, not to mention it sounds more “acoustic” than any ABG.

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