EADG 4: Part 11 – The Acoustic Bass Guitar

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Professional Bassist John Falstrom shares his personal insights into the “hidden treasure,” the acoustic bass guitar. —- http://www.eadg4.com —-
Owen O’Malley gives his take on the Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric bass, both connected to an amp and with plug pulled. Check out this video to see where th…

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John, was a music major in college, but didn’t get to string methods. Just
acquired an electric acoustic bass, but was wondering, is it a good choice
for a beginner on bass guitar? I’m having the damnedest time with thumb
placement, as I’m and left-handed and no where to rest thumb except on E
string. HELP!

Written By AnTyonne Collins on February 26th, 2014 @ 7:59 am

What do you think of flatwound bass strings on an instrument like this ? A
good brand like Pyramids or Thomastik nickel wounds? Just curious. Thanks
for posting.

Written By stayalivesweetheart on February 26th, 2014 @ 8:07 am

I also think that the acoustic bass is really good for writing, especially
melodic stuff, its kind of like how much it is easier to get out melodic
stuff on a guitar rather than an electric bass. Also good for hauling
around to fool and write with mainly because I don’t want to haul around a
Rick or Jazz or something just to goof off. Girls can also hear the bass
better too lol. I do flamenco whenever I strum a chord also.

Written By Christian Kalafut on February 26th, 2014 @ 8:13 am

Currently looking into getting an acoustic bass, and I was wondering was
kind of bass this is. I can see it’s a Fender, can’t quite make out what
kind it is.

Written By Jophime on February 26th, 2014 @ 9:10 am

the point of the acoustic bass is the sound electrics may sound better
plugged into ur amp but if u have the right set up an acoustic would sound
better its about what your playing i have played an acoustic bass through
an amp live and it sounded better then my ibanez 5 string u just have to be
careful not to turn towards the amp or it will feedback a lot playing or

Written By Logan Davis on February 26th, 2014 @ 9:26 am

—-I use regular electric bass guitar round wound strings—–My brands of
choice are Ernie Ball Super Slinky’s, GHS Bass Boomers medium/light or
light (on short scale basses)—-They’re priced anywhere from $20.00 to
$25.00 per set—-

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 9:49 am

how much would a good set of acoustic bass string

Written By french vanilla on February 26th, 2014 @ 9:49 am

—-That’s why I’m here Kenny—–It’s “go time” now with your acoustic
bass guitar—- John Falstrom EADG 4

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 10:39 am

—Righteous Kenny– John Falstrom

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 11:19 am

Cheers to that my friend!

Written By kenny241100 on February 26th, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

I know they put bronze strings on acoustic basses because bronze is a
“softer metal”, but I can’t tell the difference in sound or feel. I don’t
think you can get an acoustic bass sound on an electric or semi-hollow body
electric bass by putting bronze strings on them. I’m pretty sure the
wonderful strummed chord sound is from the acoustics of the big hollow-body
of an acoustic bass..(Just like you can’t reproduce the sound of an upright
bass because of the huge hollow-body). John Falstrom EADG 4

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

Awesome and creative discovery! I just decided to get an acoustic bass and
i will definitely have to try out chords on it! Thanks for the tips!

Written By CuddervsBoB on February 26th, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

Were can I get a chord chart to learn the chords on the accoustic bass?

Written By Tim Arbour on February 26th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

jamie t brand new bass guitar

Written By gillian nattress on February 26th, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

——–Absolutely——– John Falstrom EADG 4

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

I am interested in learning bass very much so would an acoustic bass guitar
be a good place to start?

Written By donuts0626 on February 26th, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

This seems really helpful for me, I got an acoustic bass guitar awhile ago,
and this can really help, thanks!

Written By kenny241100 on February 26th, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

Hi Tim, The best way to learn strummed chords on the bass guitar is by
knowing the name of the notes in the chord aka G major is G, B & D (Root,
Major 3rd and Perfect 5th)—-All major chords have the same “shape”, all
minor chords have the same “shape”, etc.,—My book EADG 4 covers music
theory exclusively Tim——Does this help at all Tim?—- John Falstrom

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

Thanks Cudder & have a great journey on the acoustic bass guitar John
Falstrom EADG 4

Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

Very nice! Thanks- seems if you used an alternate set up in conjunction
with acoustic strings on an electric bass you could play chords like this?
Got to be a way to do both

Written By 0713mas on February 26th, 2014 @ 4:11 pm
Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm
Written By John Falstrom on February 26th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

i just started picking up the bass guitar. I always get those nasty
chipping/slappin-nicks sound (the strings pushing on the frets -sound) when
changing notes on the board ,if you know what i mean like during 1:56 .
I’m just working with a low end Squier guitar, you think it’s the guitar or
just lack of technique? 

Written By HOPEbabylon on February 26th, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

It not always the bass, it’s the strings, amplification and the way you
play or pluck it. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes down to
choosing their instrument for the type of sound they are looking for. You
should always test and find what’s best to your ear specification and not
others. I hated my bass for a minute when I got it home. I then realized
that my amp wasn’t set right like the sound that I heard in the store. I
fell in love again after some serious adjustments.

Written By GUARDIANtrooper on February 26th, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

I don’t think I would have bought it

Written By zaretix on February 26th, 2014 @ 5:56 pm

@Childinfaith mines giving me problems, buzzing on the 12th fret..im not
really liking it, so i named it after my ex girlfriend

Written By razielct on February 26th, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

Great informative review

Written By yogeesunshine on February 26th, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

@Childinfaith Thats really ironic, well i think there might be some extra
glue underneath the fret causing it to buzz, and i might file it down, or
call guitar center

Written By razielct on February 26th, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

@squiresuzuki on most acoustic basses you gotta learn to ‘float’ your thumb.

Written By MrMunchies64 on February 26th, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

The only strings made specifically for acoustics are phosphor bronze
strings, and nylon core bronze. Flatwounds are made for electric but work
on acoustic also. I recommend tapewounds.

Written By 3234718 on February 26th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

you forgot to mention how breakable it is. Its easy to play neck has the
cost it’s rather breakable. Learned it the hard way >.>

Written By Caracal on February 26th, 2014 @ 8:14 pm


Written By Thiago Lima on February 26th, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

The face at 3:01

Written By jamie Mcintyre on February 26th, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

jackson 5 yeah!

Written By Philip Battersby on February 26th, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

He says it’s not an exciting acoustic tone?

Written By TiedInChains on February 26th, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

D’Addario nylon tapewound strings are the best way to go. I use them on the
AEB5E version of this bass and they sound great.

Written By CJAandPhaleneStudios on February 26th, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

1st view AND post! I win! Ahem…that’s a nice bass i need to get me one of
those! Nice playing there!

Written By Insrc on February 26th, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

The acoustic body has horrible tone… its simply to small to give off any
decency. Dean acoustic basses sound way nicer.

Written By Nick Green on February 26th, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

China. I know because I own one.

Written By Jimpotamus on February 27th, 2014 @ 12:40 am

Hey Owen, I realize that this is an old video but you know your stuff so
I’ll ask. I’ve got one of these, but the electric function is, well…
broken, and I’m 99.9% sure that the battery holder isn’t making contact.
Are you aware of any places I can buy just a new holder? I’ve had it a
couple years and electric broke just after a year, I have a beautiful
Schecter Stiletto Extreme 4 for electric but recently had the urge to plug
the AEB in. Thanks Owen, cheers from Canada.

Written By HaffTonne on February 27th, 2014 @ 12:59 am

a new word he just learned:D

Written By raiden233 on February 27th, 2014 @ 1:35 am

what does introspective mean?

Written By asdfasdfsdfsd on February 27th, 2014 @ 2:30 am

Can we play an acoustic bass on an amp made for electric bass?

Written By TomBoumBam on February 27th, 2014 @ 3:10 am

..Omen O’walley?

Written By KalKyuLayTor on February 27th, 2014 @ 3:32 am

I want one!!!!!!

Written By ordan unt on February 27th, 2014 @ 4:16 am

How is it unplugged?

Written By TiedInChains on February 27th, 2014 @ 4:32 am

I just bought this bass today! I love it to death!

Written By Peter Burke Jr. on February 27th, 2014 @ 4:45 am

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