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    Default Acoustic Ukulele Bass

    Is there such a tihing with out a pickup and amp??
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    Sure, you're just not going to get enough volume from the small body to be useful for much other than practice.
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    Agree with Jim. I have 5 acoustic bass ukes, they're fine when I sit at home practicing, but not when played with other instruments. Even walking around to hospital rooms with a couple of uke players, I use a small Blackstar Fly3 Bass Duo so I can be heard.





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    Putting some numbers on it: I received a new acoustic Ubass today. At about a foot from the sound hole it measured 70 dB. At the same distance my baritone measured 80 dB. The decibel scale is logarithmic, so that's a big difference, and I measured way closer than anybody would actually listen. I can't pluck a string and see the meter much farther away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Agree with Jim. I have 5 acoustic bass ukes, they're fine when I sit at home practicing, but not when played with other instruments. Even walking around to hospital rooms with a couple of uke players, I use a small Blackstar Fly3 Bass Duo so I can be heard.





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    So you find you need the Duo to be heard above the other accoustic players? I'm just curious as I have a Fly3 Bass (single unit) for practice, but I have no idea if it would be suitable for accompanying an accoustic guitar/uke.
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by colemole View Post
    Is there such a tihing with out a pickup and amp??
    Yeah, but unfortunately it's a 3/4 upright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    So you find you need the Duo to be heard above the other accoustic players? I'm just curious as I have a Fly3 Bass (single unit) for practice, but I have no idea if it would be suitable for accompanying an accoustic guitar/uke.
    I would say the duo unit would be the best to use, but even the single could work. I do keep the volume rather low. Come to think of it, on Sundays I'll meet with a group of guitar players in a park where I play my ukulele, one guy brought a U-bass with a single Fly 3, which was OK, but when I pulled out my duo for him to use (I also use it with my set of harmonicas and a special palm mic), it did sound that much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colemole View Post
    Is there such a tihing with out a pickup and amp??
    At our uke club we have a guy playing a Mexican Guitarrón, which cuts through many ukulele's.
    It is bulkier than a uke-bass and will take sometime to get used to because of the tuning (ADGCA).
    Oh, and it is fretless.
    If your uke is too loud, your neighbours are wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sven-Uke View Post
    At our uke club we have a guy playing a Mexican Guitarrón, which cuts through many ukulele's.
    It is bulkier than a uke-bass and will take sometime to get used to because of the tuning (ADGCA).
    Oh, and it is fretless.
    Watch a real Guitarron player and you'll be astonished that anyone gets away without serious repetitive stress injury. They grab pairs of strings with RH thumb and middle finger, pull them straight UP away from the fingerboard, then let them go.

    Honestly I think it'd be easier to learn how to play upright bass. But, you can stroll the guitarron.

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    CM, Making a uke scale bass neck fit to a body big enough to cut thru an acoustic mix without amplification seems to be a challenge that has gone unfulfilled. I considered mounting a 22.5" scale neck into a covered re-enforced galvanized washtub with a lid and sound hole. But, why? My amplified B'uke sounds great. If my fellow ukers don't like my bottom end, they can kiss it goodbye.

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