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  • treyhaislip
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    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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  • Aceman
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    In Gambia they likely used Cat gut. Probably Lion....

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  • Erlend_G
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    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

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  • treyhaislip
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    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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  • solspirit
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    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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  • Erlend_G
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    :/ 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!)

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  • GuitarStv
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    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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  • ICTGoober
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    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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  • Erlend_G
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    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?

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  • treyhaislip
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    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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  • Erlend_G
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    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.

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  • idsnowdog
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    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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  • Erlend_G
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    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

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  • idsnowdog
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    http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/africa.htm

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  • Erlend_G
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    ^^ a steel/bronze stringed instrument- has a much heavier bracing, and other differences ++-

    and will not sound good, with classical style strings.

    EDIT: And also, I cannot find "classical style" bass strings anywhere either.

    EDIT #2: I understand if you don't read what I've written, I've done that myself. But...

    A steel core, nylon wrap string, is completely OPPOSITE, of a nylon CORE, bronze wrap! string.

    I'm completely finished with the "usual", steel/bronze string ABG's- they don't have any low end, and doesn't sound good at all to me.

    ... But I'd love an instrument, similar to the one I played in Gambia. A classical bass guitar.

    .

    Last edited by Erlend_G; 10-18-2020, 03:05 AM.

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