This year I had the amazing opportunity to play at Summer NAMM on the Acoustic Nation stage. So, of course, me having a compulsive shopping disorder, I absolutely had to buy an acoustic bass for the show. And the fact that I wouldn’t have had to lug a six foot instrument through the Music City Center (which is like a million miles long) was pretty appealing. I could totally get down with carrying a lightweight bass. And it sounds pretty cool, too. ;-)
The search for the perfect sideways, acoustic bass is like finding the perfect tone or the holy grail: next to impossible. Or maybe I’m just picky. I went on an acoustic bass search early in my bass career and ended up not being totally impressed with the limited selection of basses. Some were too feedback-y, had too much buzz, were awkward to hold, too breakable, you name it. Eventually, I just gave up and bought an upright. Which, come to think of it was a pretty good turn of event. However, it was about time find something more convenient. And something that could fit in a small car if need be.
On to Helena! I found Helena at NAMM last year and I’ve dreamt about her every day since. She is absolutely gorgeous. With a solid cedar top, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard, and a pinless bridge, this instrument is wonderfully deep-toned and has perfect sustain. However, the holy grail of this bass is the L.R. Baggs preamp. With full EQ, a built in tuner, and total volume control, this preamp ensures that only the true tone of the instrument is being delivered to the sound board.
This bass is perfectly proportioned in such a way that it doesn’t feel awkward for me to play. The neck is perfectly rounded that it sits comfortably in the crook of my hand and my arm is able to wrap comfortably around the instrument. But the best part? The top sound hole. Yes, you heard me correctly. Of course, there is the front sound hole, but this bass comes with a fully functioning sound hole on the top of the instrument. It really comes in handy when I do not receive a stage monitor. I just pop that top sound hole out and I can hear myself perfectly! All of that awesome bass tone hits me in the face. I love it!
Breedlove created gold with this bass. This bass is truly priceless and totally worth it. The bass is small enough that it is comfortably portable, it sounds crystal clear with a lot of depth, and it looks pretty cool. Definitely an eye-catching piece of bass guitar perfection. I haven’t been this proud of an instrument in a long time.
And thus concludes the story of my beloved Helena…and of my dog, Rocky.