Martin Acoustic Bass Guitar!
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Martin Acoustic Bass Guitar
If you are on the market for an acoustic Bass look no further. The Martin BC15E is a great model.
You can’t go wrong with a martin.
The Martin BC15E comes with a body made of either mahogany or solid sapele.
The inside of the guitar is made of Sitka Spruce, and the fingerboard is solid Indian rosewood.
The finish is satin and looks great on top of both the mahogany and the Sapele.
The pickup system inside the guitar varies, but many come with an active thin line gold plus pickup.
One of the greatest qualities of this guitar is its affordability.
You can pick up the Martin BC15e acoustic bass for around $1,000 at most places. For a Martin, this is a steal.
Another great quality of the BC15E is the cutaway in the body.
Martin does not usually make guitars with the cutaway, but this makes for easy play towards the end of the neck, and also increases the ability for slap bass on the Martin BC15e.
This guitar has a great low-end sound, and surprisingly has a quality upper register as well.
Martin Acoustic Bass Guitar
One of the plus sides to owning a Martin acoustic bass guitar is the nice woody acoustic sound that you get, not possible with your standard electric bass guitar.
Another one of the great things offered by this guitar is the ability to play unplugged.
With your standard electric guitar, it would be impossible to play along with someone without an amp, but with the martin BC 15e you can be heard entirely acoustically without any electronics.
This guitar is great for jamming in the living room with your friends without driving the family crazy.
There are a few cons to owning the Martin BC15E acoustic bass.
The primary issue is with feedback. Especially on a noisy stage, if you are not cautious you can attract some serious feedback. This can definitely be prevented though.
One option for preventing feedback with this guitar is covering the sound hole on the front of the guitar.
You can buy covers online or at most music stores, and this is a very affordable and easy solution to the feedback issue.
There are also adjustments you can make on the amp in order to reduce the likelihood of feedback during a performance.
If you are doing mostly plugged in performances, but you are still looking for the woody sound of the acoustic bass, you can look at thin line acoustic basses that might be a better option, but wouldn’t be good for acoustic play.
Next issue is the level of volume that is attainable when playing acoustically.
It is hard to get a lot of volume out of this guitar, and in order to be heard over other instruments you have to play pretty hard.
Most of these issues will be found with any acoustic bass regardless of the make or model, so the martin BC15E is still a great option.
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