The acoustic guitar is a common instrument, one that you can see in the hands of everyone from that homeless guy downtown who only has three strings to the hands of multi-millionaires who have guitars that cost more than your car. But what if you find that you have a need for an acoustic instrument that can hold down the low end and provide a rhythm, something akin to the bass guitar? Do you just buy an old stand-up bass?
Best Acoustic Bass Guitars 2017 – Comparison Table
Well, thankfully, you don’t have to (although if you would like to, that’s totally cool, too, it’d be a very country or psychobilly thing to do). You can, instead, buy an acoustic bass guitar, basically an acoustic guitar that is built to have a deeper sound and that is strung with four heavy-gauge bass strings, rather than the relatively light gauge guitar strings. Let’s view a table comparing a few of the guitars competing for the title ‘best acoustic bass guitar’. This list is updated as of August 2017.
|Fender CB-100CE Dreadnought Cutaway Bass||22||Laminate spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides||Fishman Isys electronics|
|Fender California Kingman Bass SCE||20||Spruce top and mahogany back and sides||Fishman Isys electronics|
|Takamine G Series GB30CE Jumbo Cutaway Bass||21||Spruce top and mahogany back and sides||Takamine TK-40B electronics|
|Ibanez PCBE12MHOPN Bass||20||Mahogany top and mahogany back and sides||AEQ-2T preamp with under saddle pickup|
|Ibanez AEB10E Cutaway Bass||22||Spruce top and mahogany back and sides||Fishman Sonicore Pickup|
|Martin BCPA4 Bass||23||Spruce top and solid Sapele back and sides||Fishman F1 Analog electronics|
|Alvarez AB60CE Artist Series Bass||20||Spruce top and mahogany back and sides||LR Baggs Stage Pro EQ With Element Pickup|
|Dean EABC Cutaway Bass||24||Spruce top and mahogany back and side||Dean electronics|
Now, let’s be clear here; the list of acoustic bass guitars is a very limited one. There are plenty of companies that don’t make them at all, because it is so limited a market. This is a short selection of the best ones that you can get hold of without having to order a custom job or something like that. That being said, let’s take a more in-depth look at the various acoustic basses that were reviewed.