Okay, couldn't resist the subject line. Drew me in like a bear to honey!
I would heartily encourage you to go for an upright bass if you want to play
bluegrass. Here's my rationale:
1. Yes, it's possible to play an electric bass in bluegrass but those who
can pull it off with taste and acceptability are few and far between (IMHO).
The tendency is to play too many notes (because you can), and to play too
loud (again, because you can).
2. You're going to find readier acceptance if you have an acoustic bass in
your band than if you have an electric.
3. Jamming at festivals is MUCH easier! Sure, the electric is smaller, but
you're gonna have to have an amp to go with it, so it's not any easier.
And, besides, you won't tick your festival neighbors off by having an amp
blaring too loud and inappropriately.
4. You can use your upright as a flotation device in the event of a
I have a question and I'd like all bluegrass musicians and listeners to
respond and help me out.
What would you think of a bass, other than an upright, playing in a band or
jamming. I'm talking about a guitar style acoustic, or even a electric
bass. Would you take seriously a band with a guitar style acoustic bass, or
would you jam with someone playing an electric. It seems like a more
portable instrument would be nice at a festival instead of lugging around an