How Acoustic Bass Guitars Are Constructed
Not all guitars, especially acoustic bass guitars are created equally. Acoustic bass guitars are constructed in a similar fashion to most other guitars; the headstock is connected to a long fret board of varying scale length. The frets that comprise the fret board can vary; some can have as little as 15 frets and others can have as many as 26.
The bridge of the acoustic bass is located around the end of the body, and on an acoustic bass, the strings are usually adjoined to the body via string pegs.
Some acoustic basses are made from laminated wood, which is a far cheaper option for someone starting out in the acoustic bass world. The more expensive versions are the models that are crafted from solid wood. These models can sell anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 or more.
Just like with any guitar, especially acoustics, the type of wood will greatly affect the tone of your music. Bass guitars, by their very nature, have a different sound than standard acoustics, but each type of guitar depends on the tone wood for its unique sound. The best tone woods for the backs and sides of an acoustic bass guitar tend to be koa, mahogany, or rosewood. Top materials are usually spruce, mahogany, and pine as they work great on both bass and standard acoustic guitars. Material in your guitar is what will ultimately determine how loud and clear the sound is that can come from your guitar.
Each will typically use a certain combination of woods to create its signature tone; the sides and back will provide the most resonance so that your audience can hear your bass clearly, and the top will provide projection so that those audience members in the back will be able to hear you play just as clearly as those in the front row.
Tone woods aren’t the only options when you are seeking out a new acoustic bass guitar. You can also purchase a composite guitar that’s made of carbon fiber. This material is made by tightly weaving micrometer-wide strands of carbon fiber. These produce a much stronger guitar as these fibers are held in place by a very strong resin that helps make the fibers even stronger.
There’s one thing to remember about acoustic basses; they don’t quite have the ability to produce the volume and resonance of a standard acoustic guitar.
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