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Alvarez Masterworks Series MSB1 Small Acoustic Bass
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The Alvarez Masterworks Series MSB1 Small Acoustic Bass is the product of creative spirit and the pursuit of perfection. Explore the dominating bass ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Big sound from a small acoustic bass.
The Alvarez Masterworks Series MSB1 Small Acoustic Bass is the product of creative spirit and the pursuit of perfection. Explore the dominating bass response of a solid Englemann spruce top and the treble tones of the mahogany back and sides. You'll appreciate the slender neck as your fingers work over polished frets. This bass is built to play and designed to inspire performance.
- Body Style: Small Acoustic Bass
- Back/Sides: Solid Mahogany
- Top: Solid Englemann Spruce
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlay: 12 F Diagonal
- Body Binding: Maple
- Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
- Tuning Machines: Die Cast
- Finish: Satin
- Electronics: Passive Internal Pickup
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I picked this up at a used instrument shop and was first impressed by the sound... and then by what my hands wanted to do with it. I play guitar, bass, baritone guitar, baritone uke... and I instantly saw new songwriting and playing possibilities with a bass with a neck this small. I have an Alvarez baritone acoustic guitar, and it's far more of a workout. This little bass was comfortable for chording and fingerpicking. I wasn't shopping for a backpacker bass, or really bass shopping at all, but I couldn't pass up this instrument for the interesting sound and playability possibilities.
I had this bass customized by iCoustic.com. They place a little 4" metal-coned speaker in the sound hole and a 2 watt amp and preamp. Uses a 9-volt battery. Very nice full sound, better than without. Can be heard with an acoustic dreadnought, but more than one and it disappears. But then I just plug into an amp and it's all good! The tuners are regular guitar tuners. I wish that Alvarez had sprung for proper bass tuners, but that would probably drive up the price. I may buy one and defret it, string with flats or tapewounds, for bluegrass and Celtic music. It measures to 27" scale from nut to saddle, so very nice for travel or plugged in makes a great jam bass. Solid body, like the Fernandes Nomad might be more durable, especially if you plan to carry an amp, but this has the acoustic "look." Get a Roland Micro Bass Cube or a Pignose, a good EQ, couple of cables, and you can go anywhere with this.
This is a fine "little" bass, well made, fit, finish ect. are very good and it's got a nice tone. I've been playing for almost 40 years, mostly on a short scales and was anxious to try this small bass but this one is just too small for me. It would make a great "student bass" but I wouldn't recommend it for the serious player.
I played this bass where i work, n it isnt all that nice, i would only ever get it for a kid, or if i wanted something 2 take on a roadtrip. Its very hard to get used 2 playing this bass since it is so small. There is frequent buzzing one it while playing it, and i know that the action isnt in need of work since i watched the neck get adjusted. The price for this thing is way 2 high also, i would never pay for something that if i dropped it once it would probably break. The only thing i think this has going for it is that the tone is very nice.
The day I received this bass, I was headed out of town for the weekend. This bass is perfect for travel! Compared to an electric bass and amp, or even a regular sized acoustic bass guitar, it fits in the car great.