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What is this bass belt strap?

I have never seen a bass belt strap like this: My guess would be that it is kind of safer than the normal strap, but I'm not sure Can I use a normal belt? Do I need some kind of special belt?
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How do you identify a good amplifier?

I know that the most important thing is to plug in and test drive it, just like you do when shopping for guitars. But what should I look for when I’m plugged in? And what kind of features do I look ...
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Basic effects for bass

I’m an amateur bassist looking to get started with effects pedals. Most bassists use effects a lot more sparingly than guitarists, so I’m not sure which ones are common or important. I have AmpKit, so ...
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Do I need an effects loop in a bass amp?

I understand how an amplifier effects loop works and why it’s useful. It’s a good place for modulation and timing effects. But is it essential? I primarily play electric bass in rock and blues ...
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Fretless bass buzz

I have a new fretless bass guitar, a new Ibanez SRF700 Portamento, with stock D’Addario Chromes flatwound strings. I am having trouble with string buzz in one specific part of the fingerboard. When I ...
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Achieve samplepad/keyboard synth sound with a bass guitar for playing live?

I play bass in a pop band and for a new song we want to add a synth bass similar to the one in this song: ...
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Restringing a 7 string bass: Considerations

I'm considering buying a 7 string bass which is currently strung in standard tuning (B-F in 4ths). I would like to restring it from F# to C, and drop the F# down a step to E. I'm aware of the tonal ...
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Playing Pizzicato on an Electric Bass Guitar

I recently received some sheet music for bass guitar with one section having a Pizzicato marking. I know for orchestral strings it means pluck the notes, but how does playing Pizzicato transfer to the ...
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Guitar pickup selection

Most electric guitars and some basses allow players to select different combinations of pickups. For example, modern Stratocasters have a five-way switch between the neck, middle, and bridge pickups. ...
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Tone knob usage

How do guitarists and bassists use the tone knob? Are certain tone knob settings preferred according to genre or style of music? For rhythm or soloing? For clean sound or dirt? An earlier question ...
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How does a bass with tilted frets work? [duplicate]

I have seen some basses that have frets that are tilted. Here is an example: How is a fretboard like this functional? Is there any difference between this fretboard and a normal one?
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Guitar Pro 6 – electric bass is quiet

First time I'm trying to write music in GP6 with bass track and I noticed that I cannot hear the electric bass. I checked out a many of its settings, but nothing helps me; all I can to check that it ...
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Love Flatwounds, but need a bit more bite - thoughts?

I am a bass player in an instrumental post-rock trio. I have been using, and love, flatwound strings for years. I do a great deal of slides, pickoffs and such. I often use these techniques to build ...
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Fix loose bridge saddle screw

One of the bridge height adjustment screws keeps coming loose on my Precision Bass (leftmost screw in the picture). The screw doesn’t feel loose when the height is properly adjusted, but the E saddle ...
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Getting the right sound from a left-hand percussive when playing slap bass

I've tried learning slap bass on and off over the years, but one area that keeps holding me up is the Left-Hand Percussive technique. In theory it sounds simple, you just mute the strings by striking ...
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Lower guitar tuning

I know that there are devices to quickly lower a guitar’s E string into drop tuning. Are there also devices or effects pedals to lower the entire guitar? There’s a lot of rock music in E-flat tuning ...
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Difficulty tuning with strobe tuner

I recently started using Peterson’s iStroboSoft strobe tuner app to tune my guitars, and I'm running into a couple of common problems, especially when tuning my Fender Standard Precision Bass. I’ll ...
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Does a guitar ebow work on bass?

I am interested in buying an electronic bow, but the one I found is for guitar. Would this ebow work for my bass? The description of the product says: E-Bow Plus - handheld electronic bow for ...
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How can I turn an electric bass into a fretless electric bass by myself? [duplicate]

I have an old electric bass that I don't use anymore. I thought I could turn it into a fretless one. Is there any way I could remove the frets by myself and turn it into a functioning fretless ...
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Rocksmith 2014 as a learning tool

I've been using Rocksmith 2014 to help learn guitar and bass. So far it's been great for keeping me motivated to practice, and the riff repeater is excellent for learning difficult phrases. I'd like ...
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Sound Card for recording Electric Bass [closed]

can you advice me a sound card for recording my electric bass? I would use Cubase or Logic but I don't know what type of sound card can I buy. Thank you guys!
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from comming unpluged when I move?

My guitar/bass cable will sometimes accidentally unplug from my guitar/bass when I am playing at a practice or at a gig. It usually happens when I move around or step on my cable. Is there a way to ...
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Thumb tension while playing bass guitar

I am doing "spider exercise" from JOHN PATITUCCI Bass Workshop 1 3 Left Hand Dexterity Builders chunk 1, After a couple of minutes I start feeling increasing left thumb tension, in 10 minutes it ...
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Bass pickup height adjustment

I've recently set up my bass with the help of this youtube video: ...
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Does an FX loop send have the same output volume as the input?

I play an active bass (Peavey Cirrus) and have recently rediscovered my envelope filter (DigiTech Bass Synth Wah X-series). I've been wanting to incorporate it in my sound again but I remember from ...
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What factors contribute most to the tone of an electric guitar?

This question may appear slightly open ended, so I'm trying to word it as carefully as possible to keep it on track. Looking to change pickups in my basses lead me to looking at Seymour Duncan ...
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How do I connect my bass to my Macbook pro for effects processing? [duplicate]

Anyone have any suggestions on how I can connect my bass to my Macbook for effects processing? What I want to do is connect my bass to the MBP, then from the MBP to my Amp. Can't quite figure out how ...
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Are P-bass pickups noise cancelling?

I'm getting conflicting information as to whether the two halves of a P-bass pickup are configured so that they are noise cancelling, so Are the pickups in standard P-basses (say a Fender American ...
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Speaker clipping when bass guitar controls turned up, but not when amplifier controls turned up to same volume

I've noticed if I have my bass guitar's volume and bass EQ knobs turned all the way up, it sounds like the speaker is clipping. If I then turn the volume and bass down on the guitar while turning the ...
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Howto: Electric Bass Guitar - Home Recording

My question should be quite clear from the title, but, I want to know what devices should I look to home recording my bass guitar, I've tried connecting my amplifier output to my notebook's microphone ...
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Bass guitar solfeggietto adapted from guitar tab

I want to adapt the Solfeggietto by C.P.E. Bach, to play on my bass, like seen here. First of all, I'm not a musician but a software developer. I've been playing bass for fun since I was a teenager ...
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Do hollowbody basses feedback as much as hollow body guitars?

With a hollow body electric guitar, you'll have to manage (control or suppress) the feedback at any amplification level loud enough to be heard over a rock and roll drummer. Is the same true (in ...
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How to achieve Jaco Pastorius' percussive effect

An example of what I mean: ...
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Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted

I took bass guitar lessons years ago, but decided I was going to start self-teaching again. I have 2 basses, a Squire P-Bass, and a Fender fretless J-Bass. I was thinking about teaching myself to ...
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Bass sound in Ride the Lightning

I have listened to Metallica's Ride the Lightning over and over again, but never paid an attention to the crunching bass sound Cliff Burton uses at some places in the song. Any idea how does he get ...
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Is is alright to switch from finger picking to slapping?

I am good at both fingering and slapping. From a tonal perspective switching from fingering to slapping back and forth for different parts of a song has a huge leap in dynamics. I have been training ...
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When decreasing string gauge on a bass guitar, will I need to adjust the truss rod?

I'm planning to make some changes to my bass guitar. I'd like to: Moving from heavy to medium strings From flatwound to roundwound strings Lower the action Obviously, the guitar will need a new ...
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What is the correct way to modify a bass bridge to accept thicker guage strings?

Recently, I tried to restring one of my 5-strings and found out that the low B string wouldn't fit through the bridge. The bass is an LTD B55 I was thinking of drilling/boring the hole to be wider, ...
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What are the disadvantages of buying a short-scale bass guitar

I'm considering buying my first bass. I already play guitar, and find that even though I'm an adult, stretching to a fifth is a struggle -- so handling a bass with its more widely spaced frets is ...
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What is the technical term for Bass 'growl' or 'roar'?

I've been looking everywhere for the past 2 days for the terms of these two awesome electric bass 'techniques' and couldn't find 'em. I want to know their technical or common names.. When you ...
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Using an electric bass guitar with a guitar amp / hi-fi system?

I understand that you should use an amp that was meant to be used with your instrument, but sometimes maybe you just don't have the money, or your amp is not around when you need it, or for whatever ...
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Difference between “hi” and “low” on amps?

What is the difference between "hi" and "low" input jacks on guitar / bass amps? Usually bigger amps have both of them (didn't see them on smaller ones really)..
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Bass-guitar online exercises for not-beginner

I'm an intermediate bass guitarist, and I want to improve my left arm fingers work, and improvisation during bass solo. I think I should learn not only by simply remember some tabs by famous bass ...
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Soft sound strings for Fender bass

I'm looking for "soft sounding" strings for my five-string Fender bass (American Deluxe V). Default Fender strings are not for me, unfortunately. What kind of strings can give me this sound?
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How can I keep my low end level constant across my strings?

I'm a bassist. I play a Warwick Corvette std 5 string with MEC pickups. I use D'addario strings. Ok now my problem, I play in a band and we play progressive thrash metal (kinda like Metallica meets ...
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Carving a cutaway in a right-handed bass guitar to better suit a left-handed player

I am annoyed with the selection of left handed guitars. What bothers me about turning a right handed guitar into a left handed guitar is that there is not enough room given for the hand to reach the ...
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What is a violin electric bass?

I have seen advertised, electric violin bass guitars such as the following: Are they really any different from a normal bass guitar, and if so what makes them different and how then should they be ...
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Are there exercises similar to the 'Buddha rope' for endurance on bass guitar?

The "Buddha rope" technique described by Bill 'The Buddha' Dickens in his training DVD basically entails putting a rope between strings and then using the increased tension for building muscles in ...
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What features should I look for in my first bass guitar?

I am looking to buy my first bass. What are the various aspects to look out for? I see the neck length as one. An other is the number of knobs it has. The minimum I usually see is 2. One for the ...
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Lowering the action on a bass guitar

I have obtained a rather cheap P-bass imitation bass and, while it plays well in the lower register, about the 9th fret the action starts to rise and after the 12th fret it's in to the "wow, this ...