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Bass Guitar Buying Guide

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In this buying guide we’ll walk you through all the essentials of choosing a bass guitar. You’ll learn about the parts of the electric bass, its electronics, the various body types, pickups, and much more.

The bass guitar anchors the sound and adds flavor to the rhythm in just about every music genre.

An experienced player can also contribute rich harmonies and surprising, low-end solos on the electric bass. Because it's used in virtually every style of modern music, bass players can easily find a band to work with. The bass is also comparatively simple, straightforward, and fun to learn. Still, it does help to know a few bass basics when choosing an instrument for the first time.

Table of Contents

Purpose and Budget
Bass Construction and Design
Types of Bass Necks
Bass Scale Lengths
Electric Bass Body Types
Bass Bridges
Pickups: Single-Coil or Humbucker
Electronics: Passive vs. Active
How Many Strings?
Fretless Basses
Bass Tonewoods
So Which Bass is Right for Me?

Purpose and Budget

Bass guitars vary widely in quality and price, so before you start shopping, determine how much you want to spend.

For beginners unsure of their talent or dedication to learning to play the bass, there are many good, affordable “starter” basses available. These instruments tend to have lower quality hardware and electronics, but they are typically very playable and will serve a new bassist well through the early stages of learning and performing with the instrument.

However, more experienced or dedicated players may want to set their sights a little higher, and invest in a bass guitar with richer tonewoods, better electronics, and upgraded hardware. A higher-quality bass will sound better, feel better, and serve a musician longer.

Bass Guitar Construction and Design - Parts And Their Functions

It’s important to have a good understanding of the basic parts of a bass guitar before you start shopping. Understanding how the instrument is designed and built, and knowing what the different parts are called will help you ask good questions and make informed decisions.

Neck

The neck of a bass guitar, like the neck of any guitar, includes the headstock, fretboard and internal truss rod, which connect to the body of the bass.

Headstock

The headstock is the wide portion at the top of the neck, where the bass strings terminate at tuning pegs. These tuning pegs—also called tuning keys, tuning machines, or tuners—adjust the tension of each string, changing the pitch. The strings are routed down the neck by the nut—a notched strip of hard plastic or bone attached to the top of the fretboard where the headstock meets the rest of the neck.

Fretboard

The fretboard or fingerboard is usually a thin piece of wood— typically rosewood, maple, or ebony. All are excellent woods for the purpose but can vary in quality. The best fretboards are smooth, hard, and dense so that they wear slowly. Fretboards are usually arched from side to side. This arch is called the radius, referring to an imaginary circle that would be formed if the arch of the fretboard were extended to make a circle. Some bass fretboards are close to flat, while others may have a radius as short as ten inches. The shorter the radius, the more pronounced the arch of the fretboard. The fretboard is embedded with frets which are narrow strips of metal. These frets divide the neck into half-step increments, and determine where each note is played along the length of the neck.

A few electric basses are fretless, allowing smoother glissando effects but also requiring greater skill on the part of the bassist. They’re not usually a good choice for beginning bassists.

Some basses have fretboards that are an integral part of the neck rather than being a separate glued-on layer.

Truss Rod

Inside the neck is a metal truss rod that helps prevent the neck from bending or twisting. Bass strings are thicker than guitar strings and create a lot of tension on the neck. Truss rod adjustments allow the neck to be straightened if it becomes bowed or twisted, and are also used when adjusting string height for optimal playability.

Types of Bass Necks

There are three kinds of bass guitar necks, their names indicating the manner in which the neck attaches to the body:

  • Bolt-on neck
  • Set neck
  • Thru-body neck

Most basses have bolt-on necks, which mean the neck is bolted onto the body. The bolts should keep the neck stable and not allow it to shift up or down. A solid, tight connection between the neck and the body is essential. It is also good to have more rather than less overlap of neck and body for greater stability, better string vibration transfer, and enhanced sustain.

Fender Standard Jazz Bass Guitar

The Fender Standard Jazz Bass has classic bolt-on neck construction.

Some bass guitars have set necks, meaning the neck is attached to the body with a mortise or dovetail joint rather than being bolted to it. A set neck creates better resonance and sustain, but can be more difficult to adjust.

Gibson 2015 ES-Les Paul Semi-Hollow Electric Bass Guitar

The 2015 ES-Les Paul Semi-Hollow Electric Bass Guitar has traditional Gibson set-neck construction and classic Les Paul looks.

Thru-body necks are found on higher-end bass guitars. This type of neck continues as one continuous piece through the body. Wings are attached to each side of it to form the upper and lower parts of the body. With a thru-body neck there is no joint between the neck and body that can inhibit vibration, resulting in better response and sustain.

ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar Satin Natural

The ESP LTD-5 5-String Bass has a thru-body neck.

Bass Scale Lengths

Scale is the length between the nut (the notched piece between the fretboard and the headstock) and bridge where the strings are anchored at the tail end of the body. The most common scale length is 34".

Fender Standard Precision Bass

With its 34” scale, the Fender Standard Precision Bass is typical of most other standard-size electric basses, which share its scale length.

There are a few short-scale basses, such as the Fender Mustang, various Hofner Violin Bass models, or the Gibson EBO, that are around 30". These are a good choice for young players with small hands who may have trouble playing a standard-size instrument.

Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass

The Hofner Ignition Series Violin Bass has a shorter 30” scale and is based on the model made famous by Paul McCartney.

A long-scale neck usually has a 35" scale. This longer scale gives you a few more frets, and is most often used for five- and six-string basses because it improves string tension and minimizes floppiness on the low strings.

Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Studio-5 Bass Satin Honey

The Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 5-String Bass has a longer-than-average 35” scale.

Electric Bass Body Types

Solidbody basses are the most common type. In better instruments, these bodies are often made of a solid piece of wood—alder, maple, swamp ash, mahogany, or some other wood that transfers vibration well. In lower-priced basses, the bodies may be made using laminated wood plies, softer woods, or pressed woods. There are even basses with plastic bodies.

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar

The solid basswood body of the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass adds sustain to the hefty output of the Precision and Jazz Bass pickups. The signal’s then fortified by an active bass-boost circuit.

Hollowbody basses, as you probably guessed, have a hollow body like an acoustic guitar but use the same magnetic pickups as solidbody basses. They are used mostly by jazz and folk players, and for music that is quieter and requires a more acoustic-like tone. A famous hollowbody, the Hofner violin-shaped "Beatle" bass, is an example of a hollowbody used for rock music. Hollowbody basses have the advantage of being lighter, but they usually are more limited in the volume they can produce because they feed back more easily than solidbody basses at high volume. There are also a few semi-hollowbody basses that have a solid center block and hollow outer halves of the body. They are less prone to feedback.

Epiphone Jack Cassady Signature Bass

The Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass has a semi-hollowbody design that produces an acoustic bass-like tone while resisting feedback.

Another type of hollowbody bass is the acoustic-electric. This is really an acoustic instrument built similarly to an acoustic guitar and usually equipped with a piezo pickup that allows it to be amplified. Most often the piezo pickup is located under the bridge, while an onboard preamplifier allows tonal adjustments when the bass is amplified.

Bass Bridges

The bass guitar’s strings terminate at the bridge, where their vibrations are transmitted to the body creating the resonance and tone that the pickups capture and amplify. The strings pass over notches, called bridge saddles, which can be moved up and down to adjust the action, or forward and back to adjust the intonation. Better bridges are made of brass, and are often plated with chrome or nickel silver. A bridge with more mass and weight will usually anchor the strings better and transfer more vibration from the strings to the body.

There are three different bridge types on most electric bass guitars:

  • Through-bridge
  • String-through body
  • Bridge and tailpiece combination

On a through-bridge, the strings are threaded through the back of the bridge, and over the saddles. On a string-through body bridge the strings are fed through the body of the bass and over the saddles. A bridge and tailpiece combination feeds the strings through a separate tailpiece that’s unconnected to the saddles.

hipshot supertone bass bridge

The Hipshot SuperTone Bass Bridge is designed as a replacement for Gibson/Epiphone 3-point bridges, offering more sustain and punch.

Pickups: Single-Coil or Humbucker

Pickups are electromagnetic devices that capture the sound created by the vibrating strings and body of the bass, converting it to an electronic signal. Most bass guitars have two sets of pickups to provide a greater tonal range. Pickups nearer the fretboard have a smooth, low-end sound, while the pickups closer to the bridge have an edgy, mid- to high-end tone.

The most common types of pickups are single-coil and humbuckers, and most others are simply variations on one of these two types.

Single-coils were the first kind of pickups and the most simple. Each pickup has only one coil and one magnet, which creates a bright, focused sound. Single-coil pickups can be noisy, however, which is why humbucking pickups were developed.

DiMarzio DP148 Ultra Jazz Bridge Pickup

The DiMarzio DP148 Ultra Jazz Bass Bridge Pickup is a modern single-coil design that eliminates hum while expanding the traditional sound of a Fender Jazz Bass.

Humbucking pickups were created in an effort to cancel the hum or noise of the single-coil, but they also have a fatter sound in addition to being more noise-free. The humbucker sound can get muddy at higher volumes though.

dimarzio dp1 dp120 model one bass humbucker bass

The DiMarzio DP1 DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker has many applications, and can be used in woofer/tweeter setups for extreme frequency range control.

One common variation is the split-coil (the design found on the Fender Precision Bass). It is a single-coil wired to function like a humbucker. Two halves of the pickup are separated and one side is reversed in polarity to the other. Thus, you get a tone that is closer to the single-coil sound, but with the quietness of the humbucker.

Electronics: Passive vs. Active

The terms active and passive refer to the preamp circuitry of the bass. The preamp boosts the pickups’ output and provides tone-shaping controls.

Passive preamp systems operate without any power source and have fewer controls, usually a volume knob, a tone knob, and a blend control if there are two pickups. One advantage of the passive bass is that it doesn't depend on a battery that can die in the middle of a gig. Another plus is the simplicity of operation. Passive electronics have a more traditional low-fi sound that some players to the hi-fi sound of active electronics.

Active basses need power, usually provided by an onboard battery. The advantage of an active preamp system is stronger output and more control over tone shaping. Active basses often have separate EQ controls divided into frequency bands, such as a low-, mid-, and high-frequency boost/cut controls. They can also have contour switches which instantly reshape the EQ profile. Some have controls that let you change the wiring of your pickups on the fly from series to parallel for dramatic tonal shifts. A coil tap switch found on some basses with active electronics deactivates one set of coils in a humbucking pickup to make it sound like a single-coil.

How Many Strings?

Four-String Bass Guitars

Most bass guitars have four strings and new players should probably start with a four-string bass. These basses are perfectly adequate for most musical styles, and the necks are smaller than those on five- and six-string basses, making them easier to handle and learn with.

 

The 4-string Fender Standard Jazz Bass is among the most iconic electric basses ever; the original having been developed in 1960 by Leo Fender.

Five- and Six-String Bass Guitars

Five-string basses add a lower B string, giving the instrument a deeper range. The neck of a five-string bass is necessarily wider than a four-string, making it a little harder to play. Five-string basses are popular with some hard rock, metal, fusion, and jazz bassists.

G&L L-2500 5-String Bass  

With its additional low B String the G&L L-2500 5-String Bass offers extended range.

Six-string basses have an even more extended range due to their low B string and high C string. Six strings require a wider neck yet, which can be difficult for many players to handle. Though challenging, they’re ideal for bass players who do a lot of soloing as they widen the range and provide room for greater creativity.

Fretless Basses

Standard bass guitars have fretted necks, with metal frets dividing the fingerboard into half-step increments. These frets make it easy to see where each note is played on the neck.

A fretless bass, however, has a smooth neck, similar to an upright bass or violin. Hitting the right notes with the right intonation is challenging and not for beginners. Fretless bass players rely on muscle memory and a well-trained ear. They choose the fretless bass for its smoother, warmer sound and its ability to provide glissando effects like a standup acoustic bass.

Ibanez SRF705 Portamento 5-String Fretless Electric Bass 

The Ibanez SRF705 Portamento 5-String Fretless Electric Bass delivers powerful tone, but is more challenging to play than fretted basses.

Bass Tonewoods

The type of wood that is used in the body of the bass guitar will impact its tone and resonance. New players don’t need to be too concerned with the type of wood used for their bass guitar body. But if you are looking for a specific sound from your bass, then the body wood could be an important factor.

Alder

Alder is often used for bass guitar bodies. It creates a very balanced tone, with great clarity and a very full sound.

Fender American Professional Precision Bass 

The alder body of the Fender American Professional Precision Bass produces great clarity and sustain.

Agathis

Agathis is a popular body wood because it is relatively inexpensive. It provides a fairly balanced tone with a slight emphasis on low-mid tones that gives it a rich sound.

Ash

There are several species of ash used on bass guitar bodies, with subtle differences, but in general the wood produces a bright, full sound, similar to alder. Swamp ash is especially desirable due to its beautiful grain.

G&L L-2000 Electric Bass Guitar 

A burst finish applied to the swamp ash body of the G&L L-2000 Bass adds beauty to the wood’s natural figuring and resonance.

Basswood

Frequently used on less expensive instruments, it is a softer wood that does not resonate as much as other tonewood options. Some bass players think this creates a flat sound, while others feel the short sustain is ideal for fast, complex playing techniques.

Mahogany

Mahogany is a popular tonewood for bass guitars because it produces a soft, warm tone that emphasizes the low-mid and lower-range tones, and creates longer sustain. It is a dense wood, however, and will feel heavier on your shoulder than ash or agathis.

Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar 

The Ibanez SR505 5-String Bass has a mahogany body for the warmth associated with that wood.

Maple

Maple is also a dense wood, so it creates a well-sustained sound like mahogany. Maple, however, produces a bright, clear tone that many musicians find valuable in a studio setting.

Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar 

The NS Design CR5 Radius Fretless Bass has a maple body with lavishly flamed top that combines with an innovative neck design and pickup system for stunning sound, playability and visuals.

Many other woods are used for bass bodies. High-end models may be made of exotic species such as bubinga, wenge, koa, or cocobolo.

So Which Bass is Right for Me?

Here are a few guidelines (not rules) for the first-time bass buyer:

  • Buy the best bass you can afford. A good bass will make learning easier and you won't outgrow it as quickly.
  • Choose a fretted instrument, unless you are ready for the challenge of a fretless.
  • Choose a short-scale bass if you are young, small, or have unusually small hands.
  • For simplicity's sake, choose a 4-string instrument.
  • Select a bass with simple controls so you can focus on the strings and not be distracted by knobs.
  • Choose a bass in a color and shape that appeals to you. Its looks won't make it sound better, but a cool-looking bass can motivate you to play more.

We want you to be pleased with your bass purchase, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and generous return policy so you can order your new bass guitar with confidence.

After reading this guide, if you’re still not sure which bass is right for you, we invite you call to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Gear Heads at (877) 880-5907.

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Comments  

# KDV 2017-01-17 16:41
PROBLEM: ARTHRITIS.

I'm hoping there's an inexpensive option (would upgrade later if I don’t suck too bad) that will require less pressure, such as by having strings closer to the fret board, or however it might make it easier for fingers that aren't as strong as yours might be, & finger/hand joints that normally ache (even without playing).

I can't spend a whole lot, but on the other (degenerating) hand, I'm happy to pay more than the cheapest basses if necessary. I'll pay whatever it costs to get a bass that weaker fingers & bad joints can play most easily.

Bottom Line: I need the cheapest, decent-sounding bass that is as easy on the hands as is possible without spending a fortune.

BTW, I don't care if the bass is full-length or heavy (long arms, & it won’t leave my home).

SOUND: quality of sound really matters to me, too. I don't expect "great" sound. I can upgrade later, as I mentioned, if I stick with it. But I'd rather pay an extra $100 (very roughly), or even more, to get a better sounding, easy to play instrument. If it matters, I’m hoping to be able to play some funk, stylistically, and am going to do as much as possible with my thumb with the style I try to develop (I like the sound, and importantly, it’s also easier on my fingers/hands compared with using fingers or pick).

Thx very much for any advice! I’ve craved learning to bass it up my whole life & gotta at least try before it’s too late :o)
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# KDV 2017-01-17 17:15
I like the idea of fretless, by the way, if that's easier to play as an arthritis-impaired person. I'm a very experienced keyboardist (retired pro), & wouldn't need the frets to help me hear the pitches "right" or to help with theoretical understandings. Are fretless easier, physically that is?
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# Bobby 2016-12-26 09:38
I want a bass that will produce a sort of clicking sound when I play a ghost note.

I've been playing bass for a year and I'm trying to learn ghost notes, but they sound more like a thud than a click. Can I achieve this sound with effects or certain settings? Or is this a function of bass construction?Please help, thanks.
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# Hofner 2016-08-07 08:44
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# Val 2016-08-31 19:07
Oookkkk.... u dont seem to be very happy, young boy. Or girl. Bass is very fun and easy to play, so dont let life get u down!! I have a lovely silver a and black electric Jaguar bass, and i love it. And i love u! Even i dont know u, i love u. I love music too. It has always been my passion, along with candy and memory foam.
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# Jonathan Leon 2016-04-28 16:35
I have a bass guitar and it is really hard to play. My fingers can't even reach to the next note when I play my bass. Are there any kinds of bass guitars that are really comfortable to play? Please name a few.
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# jack loew 2016-12-14 14:07
i consider myself to be between an intermediate and a beginner bassist and i play a Mikro bass by Ibanez the neck is shortened so you can reach each note easier that also have good sound so that is a bass I recommend
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# roadbum 2016-09-09 11:10
what you might want to do is look for a 'short scale' neck on your next bass guitar. also, a thinner designed neck, both in width and thickness.so you can reach all of the strings easier.most of the guitar companies have a short scale necked bass guitar. i started, at the age of eight, on a fender mustang bass guitar.(i am now sixty) check with your guitar shops and tell them you want to see th eshort scale bass guitars. and he will help you out.
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# KDV 2017-01-17 16:50
(Note my post above, please)

I don't care about length of the neck, but given arthritis, thickness of the neck is very important to me.

Alas, though, I'm a keyboardist who is needing his first bass (actually, second, but 1st was a gift so I never shopped or learned things relevant to buying, & it was stolen before I played much).

Since they don't necessarily give the diameter or "girth" of the neck in specs on a lot of product pages, I'm hoping peeps might be able to help me by suggesting brands/models they know to have narrower necks.

Also, does anyone know of brands/models that have strings closer to the bridge?

Or, basically, I'm looking for any bass that's just easier to play for a person with arthritis. There might be factors I don't even know to ask about, & I'd LOVE to hear about those things I should be paying attention to, but am too ignorant to know about.

(And, yes, I know having arthritis, someone out there is dying to tell me not to bother trying. But this is a "bucket list" thing I just HAVE to do, or at least try!)

Thx all
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# Zack 2016-05-04 03:20
Make sure that you're playing the instrument right! Assuming you have 5 fingers on one hand, moving from one note to the next one a semitone up should not be a terrible stretch. If you find you instrument is too big for your hands, try some of the short-scale (30") basses as mentioned above. Hope that helps!
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# Zoe 2016-02-04 10:18
You should find courses from the Inte[blocked] for the exact price
compared to only one or even a couple of instructions through a coach in your area.

You can be playing Viva La Vida, or your favorite song quickly and easily.
Steinway pianos usually are renowned for their level of quality and since they are
uncommon, they've got a much higher value when compared with other square grand piano models.
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# Sue 2016-01-19 20:29
I am looking to buy a fretless bass for my son's 30th. He is looking for more versatility in his playing. Music is his avocation, not vocation but he does jam and has played for years. The top end instruments are way beyond our price range. Do you have suggestions for middle of the road fretless basses.
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# echo 2015-12-18 12:08
I have a four string & i LOVE it ..........(but i cant play it....l =)
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# echo 2015-12-18 12:10
Because i dont have an amp........=l
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# Isabella 2015-11-14 14:47
I want to learn how to play bass but o have absolutely no knowledge about what to buy. I'm 14. And have semi big hands. Help??
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# echo 2015-12-17 12:13
i recommend a 5 or 6 string bass if you have larger hands see what feels more comfortable for you ....& if you're a beginner for body wood i recommend agathis.
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# Thomas 2015-12-08 20:03
You should try with a short scale bass. Try the Fender Mustang bass, or the Hofner Violin bass.
Also I find very comfortable the Fender Precision bass, it's like the standard size
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# russell 2015-09-28 18:47
Buy the best. You will never regret it
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# tonya 2015-09-17 23:10
im thinking of buying my 13 yr. old guitar for xmas. she has never p[layed before. my question is should she be started on lead electric guitar or bass guitar? or does it matter? thanks for your help.
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# Drew 2015-09-19 21:57
Tonya, I would perhaps sit down with your daughter before Xmas comes and tell her you'd like to buy her a guitar; if she agrees, I would highly advise going to a local guitar shop with your daughter and asking an associate for help.

Have your daughter tell the associate what kinds of music she likes, what particular guitars or basses look interesting, and on and on. This would ensure that your daughter starts her musical hobby on the right note, if you'll pardon the inadvertent pun.
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# This is my name 2015-09-13 11:32
Will an ibanez be more expensive than a different style bass?
PLZ only one-three responses!
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# This is my name 2015-09-13 11:35
I actually meant a Hollowbody bass.
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# Hayden 2015-08-24 04:37
Just wondering what would be better for me a 14 yr old boy being have played bass for 3 yrs

Ibanez SR300 or a new Chowny CBH - 1

Thanks if you can answer
P.S: if you can please list differences and which is overall better

Thanks
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# Emma 2015-07-31 19:01
I really want to learn how to play the bass but I am not sure what type and model I should buy. If anyone could help.
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# Massimo 2015-08-20 17:40
Honestly, just go to your local music store and try the basses there. Being a beginner it shouldn't really matter what shape etc for the time being. Find a guitar - if its comfortable, sounds good to you, looks good to you just get it. Later on when you start to understand the differences and everything maybe then should you start worrying about that (when you get what sound you want coming out of your bass e.g. a bright sound or a real beefy sound etc)
soo yeah :) I hoped this helped you in some sort of a way !
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# echo 2015-12-18 11:59
hai guys....i'm looking for amps........dose anyone know what would be good 4 me?.....
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# Val 2016-08-31 19:13
Depends on ur needs and if the amp is just for practice, stage, or just for playing. I just bought a small Blackstar amp to start me off, and it is great. When i get bettar at guitar, i will feel confident spendimg more money on a bigger, more professional amp.
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# Frank 2015-05-11 11:59
Looking for: 69' - '72 Gibson EB-L
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# Frank 2015-05-11 11:58
I want a '69-'72 Gibson EB-L. Prefer walnut non polished finished. Anyone?
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# Fr Nelson 2015-04-27 11:12
Best way to choose a bass is to play them until you find one that is comfortable and gives you the sound you desire. Generally, unless you are looking for a particular sound or feel, the Jazz Bass is comfortable with good action and range of tones.
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# Japh 2015-04-22 15:16
I have a flare for soloing but my fingers are not still that flexible. in fact I have ordered a six string bass, hope consistent practice will be helpful. I need your views please.
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# mili 2015-03-07 22:02
are the single coil pickups same as the passive pickups?
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# thedude 2015-04-04 09:00
No it's not the same. A single coil PU can be active or passice, it depends on the wiring. If a bass got a battery it's most likely active.
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# sethaquino 2015-02-27 23:58
Thanks for the information . Im bassist in a long time but I didn't know what bass is fit for me . Thanks a lot.
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# Charlton Myers 2015-02-20 20:45
thank you
this is really helpful and lotta more
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# Jeff 2015-01-10 10:42
Can't thank you enough for the primer. This info piece kept it simple but with enough info to educate me and fine tune my choice. Thanks MF for all your help.
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# mike 2014-08-30 12:59
Interesting to read about long and short scale basses but, have I missed it, what are the pros and cons?
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# Rocky Berry 2014-08-18 19:01
Lot of Great information in the above article! Very useful in the choosing of a good Bass Guitar!
Would like to see more articals on the Bass Guitar of basically the same kind describing the difference in Basses and the purposes of the differences as well.
Great job on the info just would like to see and read more , even if I have been playing a Fender Jazz Bass for several years. Ses you can always learn something new !
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# Sean 2014-02-02 03:39
Short scale basses are not just for youth or people with unusually small hands. A short scale bass (30") still has a considerably longer scale length than a standard 6-string guitar (Les Paul 24.75", Stratocaster 25.5"). Most people cannot cover the first four frets on a 34" scale bass with one finger per fret without having to shift. I play both short and standard scale basses (different tools for different jobs). Don't be swayed into choosing one over the other because you're afraid people will think you have unusually small hands, you still have a longer reach than the guitar player. Play what is #1 comfortable and #2 a sound you like.
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# DCDVRANGERC21 2014-01-04 22:38
The question #charles raised is a more than recognized move in a lot of lives lately. often with the same or different instruments.
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# charles 2013-12-11 07:52
this has been very helpful, I played drums in the 60s and bass also, am looking to get back to the bass to play in my church band, looking to buy american made bass but not sure if I need jazz or p bass. any advice you could give will bevary welcome as im trying to get wife to buy me one lol thank you for your time. be well be blessed
Chief Charles bear lessard
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