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Designed by Victor Bailey and Fender.

Victory Bailey has played with about everyone who's anyone, and recorded music in a broad range of styles. Sometimes that music requires the use of an acoustic-electric instrument, hence the Victor Bailey Signature Acoustic-Electric. It is a beautiful instrument with back and sides of gorgeous laminated dao, and a spruce top with a dao veneer. The thinline body style with an arched back makes it comfortable for bassists used to playing an electric. Abalone rosette and position markers, white and tortoise double body binding, tortoise neck binding, and gold tuners enhance its showtime appearance. 22-fret mahogany neck. The Fender-Fishman Classic 4 preamp features 3-band EQ plus mid sweep and delivers natural amplified tone. Pickups include a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and a blendable, body-mounted ACLR sensor.

FEATURES
  • Signature Bass Guitar Series
  • Thinline, single-cutaway body style
  • Natural with gloss finish
  • Laminated spruce top with dao top veneer
  • Arched back and sides of laminated dao
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle
  • Hipshot licensed die-cast gold machine heads
  • Fender-Fishman Classic 4 preamp with volume, bass, mid, treble, mid sweep, and low-battery indicator
  • Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and a blendable, body-mounted ACLR sensor
  • Abalone dot position Inlays
  • Abalone rosette
  • 4-pin bridge with rosewood pins,
  • Double fingerboard binding (white/tortoise shell)
  • Matching headstock overlay,
  • Inlaid mother of pearl Fender logo
  • Tortoise shell body binding
SPECIFICATIONS

Victor Bailey Signature Acoustic-Electric Bass

  • 34" scale length
  • Body depth: 3-1/4"
  • Width at nut 1.69"
  • Width at heel 2-1/2"
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4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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Couldn't put it down so I bought it

The music store my brother and I frequent has an acoustic room where we enjoy plugging in and showing off to those who walk in. We gig most every weekend and play a very...Read complete review

The music store my brother and I frequent has an acoustic room where we enjoy plugging in and showing off to those who walk in. We gig most every weekend and play a very melodic mixture of tunes.For years, there hasn't been a decent acoustic bass to play in that shop, so I would be content with what seemed to be the best of the lot, in order to show off our skill. Then, out of the blues, I picked up this Fender bass, and I was immediately in love with it. The action was quick, the feel nearly perfect, the thin neck perfect for my size hand, and the 22 frets more than enough to work the neck in any range.I play mostly a walking bass line in tunes from old standards to old rock, and this bass makes the tunes play themselves with its easy of use.With the $ the govt. sent to me that I had not yet spent, plus some extras for a strap; plus, I plan to purchase a hardcase, the entire price will be a little more than I paid for my Ibanez acoustic which gives me as much pleasure on which I've been playing gigs for the past 15 years.I would very highly recommend this acoustic bass guitar, especially for those gigs we do in local restaurants and concert halls. If you have the money, buy it.

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Beautiful, but functionally so-so

Nice to look at. Very nice to play. The unplugged sound is good, but too quiet to play along with guitars. I really like the fact that I can practice at home without...Read complete review

Nice to look at. Very nice to play. The unplugged sound is good, but too quiet to play along with guitars. I really like the fact that I can practice at home without plugging anything in or turning anything on. Plugged in, it can be a challenge to get a useable sound. If you use a bass amp and work with the EQ, you can get a very pleasant tone that is somewhere in between an acoustic sound and an electric sound. I have been in a couple of situations where I was performing live and playing a quick set where I had to quickly plug in and trust the sound guy. With a flat EQ on the bass and a flat EQ on the board, I get a tinny, plastic, cheap sound. I had to boost the bass and cut the treble and presence to get a sound that I could stand in the monitors.The quality is pretty good, but I had a problem with the battery holder that almost ruined a gig (I fixed it with a piece of cardboard).

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3.0

Beautiful, but functionally so-so

By Ward

from Colorado

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Nice to look at. Very nice to play. The unplugged sound is good, but too quiet to play along with guitars. I really like the fact that I can practice at home without plugging anything in or turning anything on. Plugged in, it can be a challenge to get a useable sound. If you use a bass amp and work with the EQ, you can get a very pleasant tone that is somewhere in between an acoustic sound and an electric sound. I have been in a couple of situations where I was performing live and playing a quick set where I had to quickly plug in and trust the sound guy. With a flat EQ on the bass and a flat EQ on the board, I get a tinny, plastic, cheap sound. I had to boost the bass and cut the treble and presence to get a sound that I could stand in the monitors.The quality is pretty good, but I had a problem with the battery holder that almost ruined a gig (I fixed it with a piece of cardboard).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful bass

By Wil Tyree-u6.4b

from ohio

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This by far is one of the better acoustic basses I have played in my 35 Years of playing. The fit and finish is unbelievable, it is a beautiful bass just to look at. The pickup system gives the player a range of sounds. The neck is a dream to play, thin and fast. You won't go wrong with this guitar. I just wish they would make a case to fit it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gifted

By reddawg

from San Diego, CA

Imagine my surprise when a muscian friend of mine stopped by with a big box for me. Inside was a Victor Bailey acustic. Holy smokes! I was flored! He knew I'd been looking for a good acustic bass, and just up and bought one for me! And what an instrument! I played it for hours that first night. So many cool features, yet not too many to distract from the perfection of the bass. When I finally plugged it in, I was amazed at the tonal qualities I could get from it. Tried it dead flat across the board and it still sounds awesome. Add some lows and highs and ohh-la-la! I did notice that when it was shipped, it was tuned a full step low. After proper tuning and a couple of days the action did suffer a bit. But a quick adjustment of the truss rod solved that problem, and it plays just a nice as (nicer) than any other bass I've owned. I love the soft texture of the mahogany neck, and the thinness makes it just a pleasure to play. I was pleasntly surprised at the projection that this bass had, given it's thin body style. I haven't had a chance to gig with it, but I feel it will fill in nicely in an acustic setting.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By DblZap

from Perrysburg Ohio

This actually plays like a electric bass. The only other comparison I can make is with my Martin 6 string. The finish is beautiful and the electronics are great. When this is plugged into an amp the tone is perfect. And it sounds great even when not plugged in, not tinny or hollow like every other acoustic bass I have tried. The only compliant I have is the case, it is a bag so I am searching foe a hard shell case for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Couldn't put it down so I bought it

By davebray

from Tampa, FL

The music store my brother and I frequent has an acoustic room where we enjoy plugging in and showing off to those who walk in. We gig most every weekend and play a very melodic mixture of tunes.For years, there hasn't been a decent acoustic bass to play in that shop, so I would be content with what seemed to be the best of the lot, in order to show off our skill. Then, out of the blues, I picked up this Fender bass, and I was immediately in love with it. The action was quick, the feel nearly perfect, the thin neck perfect for my size hand, and the 22 frets more than enough to work the neck in any range.I play mostly a walking bass line in tunes from old standards to old rock, and this bass makes the tunes play themselves with its easy of use.With the $ the govt. sent to me that I had not yet spent, plus some extras for a strap; plus, I plan to purchase a hardcase, the entire price will be a little more than I paid for my Ibanez acoustic which gives me as much pleasure on which I've been playing gigs for the past 15 years.I would very highly recommend this acoustic bass guitar, especially for those gigs we do in local restaurants and concert halls. If you have the money, buy it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best acoustic bass

By mrboomer

from NJ

This is definitely the best acoustic bass I've ever played, and I'd tried many before buying. I really wanted to spend less. Then I needed one for a toned down, "almost acoustic" gig in Atlantic City, so I bit the bullet and plunked down the money. Was well worth it! It's now my everyday practice bass... just pick it up and start playing (although I usually do plug it in for extended sessions). The comfort and feel are awesome and it sounds rich with body. I can't think of anything I'd do to improve this bass. Worth the cabbage. Love it and recommend it.

 
3.0

Terrible machine heads

By Mjl45

from Denver colorado

Pros

  • Good For Funk Sound

Cons

  • Terrible Machine Heads

Best Uses

    I had two sets of the machine heads replaced during the first year under warranty and should gave had all four of them replaced. 6 years later all four machine heads are rapped with rubber bands. They rattle and sound terrible. All need to be replaced and I will not use the fender heads. Plus the standard pick up is weak especially on the g string, sometimes it does not pick up the sound at all. If I put some money into this bass it will be greatly improved. A somewhat difficult bass to play but really has a nice feel and sound in spite of the major flaws.

     
    5.0

    I am not worthy

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    How do I express my feelings? How about. . . HOLY CRAP, THIS THINK IS FREEKING AMAZING!! Seriously, I was jamming at the music store today and I decided to go to the acoutic room to check out an Ibanez acoustic guitar. So after messing around for a while, I foundmyself in the acoustic bass section searching high and low for a Takamine I'd seen online, which wasn't there. Then I looked up and it shown in the purity of the favor of Leo Fender and Victor Baily: it was the Fender Victor Bailey Signature Acoustic-Electric Bass. I curiouly plucked it from it's perch and found myself immediatley at a loss of what to play, it was just too gorgeous. Soon I recovered finding that it was perfect in every way. Chords run out cleary all the way up the neck. THere is absolutely no fret buzz on this sucker. I am sorry to say I had to part wiht it to help my bro carry his new Crat RFX200 guitar amp, which I also HIghly recommend. Buy this bass..if you have the money. I don't!!

     
    5.0

    If you've ever wanted to go acoustic...

    By Arxaeterna-NJaBS

    from Knoxville, TN

    This is the best acoustic bass I've played. That includes Martins, Breedloves, Gibsons and others. It is an easy crossover from electric due to the smaller body, but it still has great sound, amplified or not. When plugged into my Ampeg rig is gets almost as much punch as my Rickenbacker. Sounds great and looks amazing. The built-in tuner is great too: no more hassle looking for one around the house.

     
    5.0

    Better than them all!

    By aal_ric

    from Leesburg, Va

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    Many people read reviews online suspicously. Often people write reviews that are very positive because no one likes to waste money on something that they don't like. I searched and searched for 2 years for an acoustic bass. I tried Michael Kellys, Martins, Breedloves, other Fenders. Nothing else comes close except Tacoma's. The advantage of the the Victor Bailey is its awesome punch and warmth. The Tacoma is different in that it is for a very one dimensional sound. Some people like that. I, however, prefer the midrange punch and power the Bailey ABG. It has show stopper looks. The dao finish is scratch resistant and gorgeous. It needs to be seen in person for it to be really apreciated however. A bargain considering that it is less expensive than a Martin or Tacoma. The neck is very long, those bass players with short arms sould be sure to test the bass before buying. The neck is ultra than and the action is set high enough to really get some bite. 9.5 stars.

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