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Questions: Amplifying Flattop Bass

Questions: Amplifying Flattop Bass

by Harry Fleishman

Originally published in American Lutherie #65, 2001 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Six, 2013

Mark Brantley of Appleton, Minnesota asks:

I recently ordered Tim Olsen’s plans for the Flattop Bass (GAL Plan #13). Do you have any advice on a good electric pickup for it?

Harry Fleishman of Boulder, Colorado responds:

It’s difficult to offer too much advice about amplifying your acoustic bass without more input about how loud you need to play, how high a fidelity to the instrument’s actual acoustic voice you want, and what your budget is; but here goes anyway.

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