Acoustic bass guitars- General characteristics in recording

Discussion in 'Bass' started by jm2, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    It seems that acoustic/electric bass guitars are becoming more common, as most music stores stock a few. How well do these perform in recording, and how do they differ in recording from their solid body counterparts (major advantages/disadvantages)?
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I think you'll find they sound more like an acoustic up right bass. Or at least that's my perception having recorded a few. A direct input & a microphone on the Cabinet makes for a lovely sound and I am generally not one of those people to put microphones on the base cabinet. Quite a nice sound.

    Acoustic electric bass, for those too lazy to schlep the real deal.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I have recorded a Few. Like ACU GTR some have more low engery then others. We used ACU bass on a techno song to try and give the tune a bit more reality. I liked the sound we got. A lot of string sound but still a punch around 150hz. IT was mic'd with a Rode NT2 on the 12th fret and a AKG C3000 behind the bridge.
  4. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    not to distract too much, but sometime i'd love to see and hear a fretless acoustic bass. i bet it sounds sexy!
  5. jbass

    jbass Guest

    You can't beat the nice "growl" of a straight-up acoustic bass. A sound unto itself. The hardest part I've run across in recording them?? That's easy - finding a bass player that can actually play it - and play it well....
  6. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I have my eye on a Hofner, not the Beatle style, but rather a true acoustic body with built in pick up. I wondered what kind of sounds I might expect.
  7. Greener

    Greener Guest

  8. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Hmmm... That was one of my main concerns. I had images of midrange or maybe even treble emanating from it rather than bass.

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