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Fender BG-31 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass

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The Fender BG-31 Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar is moderately priced yet it's a quality instrument. It has the comfortable grand concert body size, wi...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender BG-31 Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar is moderately priced yet it's a quality instrument. It has the comfortable grand concert body size, with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. A 32" scale makes it friendly for players switching from guitar, and its tone is warm and full. APC-Pro active electronics provide trouble-free amplification of its acoustic sound.

Grand concert size
Laminated spruce top
Laminated mahogany back and sides
Nato neck
Rosewood fingerboard with dot markers
Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle
Die-cast chrome machine heads
Fishman pickup
Gloss polyurethane finish
Bound top
32" scale
3-3/4" to 4" body depth
1.69" nut width
20 medium frets

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Just about the biggest bang for your buck. Period.

By Hendricksjimmy55

from Columbus, Georgia

I got this bass for Christmas this past year, and I love it! It has a smooth, chocolatey sound with quite a bit less in terms of fret buzz than most other fretted acoustic basses I've tried to date. You can also play any style you want (including funk) with ease and grace. It also sounds great on an amp. Best Christmas present I've ever received.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great for the money

By Spiffarino

from Asheville, NC

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Sounds great mic'd and plugged into my 60 watt Bassman combo. Not much comes out unplugged due to it's small body and short scale, but that is the only drawback I've found. You can play pretty much any kind of music with it. It has great punch, tone, and balance for any bass, let alone for an A/E. I highly recommend this to players who like the acoustic sound but don't want to empty the bank.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Bass!

By Jan-mlx3D

from Denver, CO

I went shopping for an acoustic-electric bass, and found this and an Ibanez brand that were in my price range. I was expecting to prefer the Ibanez, since that is what I play in electric, but this bass surprised me. Being a girl, I have smaller limbs, and could not comfortably play the Ibanez, which has a thicker body. This bass is a perfect size, and creates much less fret buzz than the other. It is a beautiful guitar, as well. I highly recommend this bass to anyone looking for a different sound. Sounds beautiful plugged into your average amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good acoustic bass

By The Wizardking

from Fairmont, West Virginia

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I bought this bass so I could just pull it out and play whenever I had a few minutes or hours and not have to worry about amps and whatnot. You could defimitely do worse for a lot more money. The sound unamplified isn't that impressive as it has a smallish body. If you jam with friends that have warm, rich tone on their 6-strings, you're gonna get lost. But this bass shines once you plug it in, I play mine through my BassPod all the time. You'll probably want an aftermarket pickup as the stock one leaves a little to be desired as feedback is an issue. For a "pick it up and play" bass, it's hard to beat this value. I'd recommend it to anyone dispite it's very few shortcomings.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


if you live in the woods

By Gunderson Finch

from Last Chance California

i bought this bass because i dont have electricity. my first bass was a squier p bass which i couldn't play without an amp. once i got this bass it took me two years to develop a style not unlike les clapool's. if you want a bass that will boost your skill at an accelerated rate i highly recommend this bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fender BG31

By Lounge Geezer

from Trinity County, CA

The one I got is in Black (which looks really good), and sounds great. The neck is nice and thin, and you can easily get to the 17th fret on the g-string. The sound un-plugged is nice and full (like an acoustic should be), but when I plugged mine in it did not pick up the e-string very well. All the other strings sounded lound but when I plunked the e it was a lot quieter. I don't know if it is just my bass or not. Still if you want a nice bass to walk around your house and play, I'd pick this bass. If you want to play live and plugged in you'd probably feel uncomfortable with this bass.

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