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As our examples prove, the thinline semi bass market is still very much alive and kicking, in spite of the fact that finding them can be difficult. With the exception of the Danelectro they offer a very different playing experience to a solid body, and if lighter weight is an important consideration then all of these score highly on that count.
They’re also very different in style, but will all certainly add some air to your tone. The Danelectro might be basic but it’s highly affordable and has its own unique style along with bright, characterful tones. Ibanez’s Artcore range is far away from the brand’s modern metal tag but this AGB200 proves you shouldn’t pigeonhole them. Classic in style with solid sounds, it’s an endearing bass.
The Hutchins is the most unusual piece here with a modern style that produces some very good sounds. The Lakland, however, is in a class of its own, with a much higher price but a very professional vibe - ideal for any professional or semi-pro musician who needs another voice.
Ultimately, these are all eminently practical and desirable instruments too, producing a fine variety of tones, and all perform extremely well in action. If you fancy a change in style, you could do a lot worse than trying out a thinline semi.
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