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  • #16
    Originally posted by Erlend_G View Post

    Cool!

    In west africa they played the "Kora"; which was a harp, with dual sets of strings (one for each hand), a pumpkin? body, with goat skin top .
    And there was a...one stringed fiddle, with no fretboard... the string was stopped at different harmonic intervals.

    Aswell as alot of drums. .

    PS: Couldn't find the "classical bass" anywhere on that list. It had nothing particularily "african" about it; it looked like any "spanish" classical guitar. Just bigger.

    -Erl
    Try looking under North, South, and Central American instruments. There are a number of instruments which match your general description.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by idsnowdog View Post
      Try looking under North, South, and Central American instruments. There are a number of instruments which match your general description.
      Portugese, spanish? I think:

      "Sometimes a 4-string acoustic bass guitar (viol„o baixa) is also part of the instruments to accompany the Fado singer (man or woman)"

      :/ who knows. I wish these basses were mainstream,
      I can't afford anything else .

      It was wonderful to play. Had a rich, sonorous tone, exactly like the bass strings of a good nylon/classical guitar, but one octave lower.

      It seemed to have mahagony neck, back and sides- with a cedar top.

      If somethings important- send a PM. I might be offline for long periods. Rock on!!!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Erlend_G View Post
        No. A steel string acoustic, and a classical guitar- is built in two completely diffenret ways. It's two different things.

        Try putting steel strings on a flamenco guitar (or the other way around)... and You will understand what I say! :o
        I totally agree with you BUT...have you ever tried nylon strings on a Tacoma Chief acoustic?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by treyhaislip View Post

          I totally agree with you BUT...have you ever tried nylon strings on a Tacoma Chief acoustic?
          Nope . How come you ask?
          If somethings important- send a PM. I might be offline for long periods. Rock on!!!

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          • #20
            Many guitarrons I've worked on for local Tejano and Mariachi bands have large nylon strings for the basses. Don't know about any sources, but hey - the internet is at your fingertips.

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            • #21
              Would a Taylor GS mini get you in that ballpark? It sounds like a bass and uses nylon core strings (although they've got a metal wrap around them).
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              • #22
                :/ I'm thinking that I'd get one of those gigantic, mexican bass guitars. .

                Those seem to be the closest, to the instrument I tried in Gambia. (Though much bigger!)
                If somethings important- send a PM. I might be offline for long periods. Rock on!!!

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                • #23
                  Well... There's plenty of string out there for when you do find it.

                  https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...string-041-086

                  These strings must play themselves for $77
                  How good could they be for this price? Crazy

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Erlend_G View Post

                    Nope . How come you ask?
                    because...a Tacoma Chief with a Cedar top, while designed for Steel Strings, with Nylon/Classical stings actually sounds phenomenal.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by treyhaislip View Post

                      because...a Tacoma Chief with a Cedar top, while designed for Steel Strings, with Nylon/Classical stings actually sounds phenomenal.
                      Okay.

                      I once had a Chateau acoustic bass guitar (made for bronze strings),. Made it a fretless conversion, put flats on it-

                      It had no lows *at all*, but a barky and bold midrange; that really stood out for jam sessions, and also free jazz use. My plan was to put a magnetic pickup in the soundhole, aswell as vol/tone pots-

                      But I lost that bass.

                      Is that Tacoma real expensive? :/. I like the thought of a cedar top though; reason steel-string ABG's make "no sound" is because the thick strings and heavy bracing. I think.

                      Rock on man \m/

                      -E
                      If somethings important- send a PM. I might be offline for long periods. Rock on!!!

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                      • #26
                        In Gambia they likely used Cat gut. Probably Lion....
                        Originally posted by Bad City
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Erlend_G View Post

                          Okay.

                          I once had a Chateau acoustic bass guitar (made for bronze strings),. Made it a fretless conversion, put flats on it-

                          It had no lows *at all*, but a barky and bold midrange; that really stood out for jam sessions, and also free jazz use. My plan was to put a magnetic pickup in the soundhole, aswell as vol/tone pots-

                          But I lost that bass.

                          Is that Tacoma real expensive? :/. I like the thought of a cedar top though; reason steel-string ABG's make "no sound" is because the thick strings and heavy bracing. I think.

                          Rock on man \m/

                          -E
                          Those Tacoma's are becoming pretty expensive since the company is no longer building guitars (Fender bought them out sometime in the 2000's and then shut them down around 2008?)

                          I remember paying around $350-$600 for a Chief while now they seem to be well over $1,000.

                          I remember the nylon strings really added a unique sound--extremely balanced.

                          Best of luck finding the bass you are looking for!

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