The bass guitar is one of the most iconic instruments in modern music, finding a place in virtually any genre. While no one can deny the stage presence and visual appeal of an electric bass, it does come with the drawback of needing amplification. That's where the acoustic bass guitar comes in just like a traditional acoustic guitar, this style of bass has a full hollow body that sounds amazing even when you leave the amp behind.
It also looks great in its own right, with a number of body shapes and styles similar to the well-known acoustic six-string guitars. You can choose a bass styled after a dreadnought guitar or a classical one, as well as having the option to go with a cutaway design that improves your access to the frets closest to the soundhole. These bass guitars also come in a variety of finishes, so you can pick one with a look that's as well-suited to your tastes as its sound.
The lion's share of the acoustic bass guitars you'll find here feature an acoustic-electric design, which means that they contain built-in pickups and all the electronics they need to drive an amp or mixer. This makes them incredibly diverse instruments, since you have the option to use them powered-up or unplugged depending on the setting.
Another option that you have is the choice between a fretted or fretless bass. Fretted models have metal frets along the fingerboard, giving you a solid feel for your finger positions as well as adding precision to the tone by pressing the strings directly to the frets. With a fretless fingerboard, on the other hand, the bass more closely emulates the classical double bass, softening the sound of the strings slightly and giving you the ability to slide from one note to another, putting one more trick into your toolbox as a bassist.
Whatever you want to get out of your bass guitar, the acoustic bass has the versatility to provide it. From the classic four-string to five or even six, there's a model here to satisfy any bass player's needs even the Kala U-bass to pack big bass sound into a small uke-sized package. Take a look and see for yourself which instruments appeal to you. Like anything else in the music world, it's all about what works for you personally.