If you're used to playing electric bass, switching to an acoustic bass for a set can be intimidating. In addition to the technical adjustments you need to make in the move from an electric bass to an acoustic bass, there is also a whole new set of equipment considerations you need to take into account. After all, you can’t show up to that small coffee house gig with your full stack (technically you can, but you might scare the audience away when you load in!)
Playing without a towering wall of amps behind you and an arsenal of effects can seem less than ideal for electric bass players who are used to playing in loud, heavy rock bands. But acoustic gigs don’t have to be boring, and you can still let your attitude and style shine through- in fact, they may even be more visible to the audience since acoustic performances are so stripped down! Acoustic gigs require a different approach to the instrument, but your job is the same- hold down the low end and keep the groove going. In an acoustic setting, you may need to lose the bells and whistles and get back to basics. Here are some essentials that you will need to make your acoustic gig stress-free.
Using an electric bass on an acoustic gig is a viable option if you don’t have access to an acoustic bass. If you do several acoustic gigs, try using flatwound strings for a warmer attack. You can also adjust your tone by rolling back some upper mids to dial in a more acoustic sound.
Two common types of basses are acoustic and acoustic-electric. Acoustic basses need to either be mic’ed up or fitted with an acoustic pickup that will allow the bass to be heard through an amplifier or PA, much like an electric bass. Acoustic-electric basses come with onboard electronics that allow you to run a quarter inch cable to your amp, and may even come with onboard equalization.
The Carvin Audio AG300 is a compact, ideal system for acoustic bass. Two hundred watts of power, clean headroom, three-band equalization, and lush digital effects make it a versatile solution for small gigs. It also has three channels to accommodate the rest of the band.
Knowing how to adapt to an acoustic gig is very important, even if you’re primarily an electric player. You never know when an open mic gig, record store acoustic set, or coffee house gig will end up on your schedule.
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