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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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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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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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Beginning Slap Bass

Back when I was taking lessons, I had an instructor who did a great job teaching me how to work tapping into my bass lines, but when we tried to expand it into developing slap bass I ended up getting ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How do I set up a bass guitar?

How do I set up the pickups, neck, etc. in an electric bass guitar? I'm not concerned with producing a particular sound as I am with keeping the neck from warping, prevent string buzz, improving ...
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String buzz on bass guitar

The A string on my Peavey T-40 bass buzzes quite loudly. I've found that duct tape on the string above the nut will quiet this, but only if it's pulled taut against a neighboring string. It doesn't ...
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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 slide ...
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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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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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How can an electric bass/guitar without pick ups work?

I have seen electric guitars and basses that don't have any pick ups. For instance, here is an image of two Line 6 electric basses that have no pick ups: How do these instruments work if they have ...
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Music Notation for Bass - Unknown Symbol : Slash with two dots

I have checked through music notation lists and have asked a number of musicians but nobody knows what this symbol is actually supposed to mean. It's from the sheet found here.
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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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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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Why does the neck of a bass get wider?

I've noticed in many basses (not sure if this happens in all of them), the top of the neck starts at a certain width and towards the bottom, it is wider. Here is an example: This happens to my ...
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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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Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...
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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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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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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 are some good suggestions for a bass player's plucking fingers?

As a bass player I have run into situations where my fingers feel dry or sweaty and it ends up affecting my playing. When the fingers are dry, I end up getting a lot more friction, which has caused ...
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Building up stamina with my practice routine

For reference I'm an electric bass player who played three or so years at age 20. I took four years of hiatus and restarted a couple of months ago. My problem has been lately my plucking hand cramping ...
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from becoming unplugged 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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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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How to make a bass growl?

There’s a bass tone I really like, that doesn’t quite sound distorted, but instead is sort of a subtle, warm growling noise. I think this might be what guitarists mean when they talk about “crunch.” ...
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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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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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Bass pickup height adjustment

I've recently set up my bass with the help of this youtube video: I'm really happy with it but one question remains. Fender recommends 2mm space between the underside ...
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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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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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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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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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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: The estudio recording part is easy, so the question is if ...
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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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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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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 is the purpose of this (?) rubber band?

I have seen many bass players that add this rubber band (not sure what it is) on the top of their basses' necks: What is this and what is the purpose of it? Usually I see it on the top of the ...
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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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In an active/passive instrument, does the passive mode consume battery as well?

I have a Warwick bass that is both active and passive. For the active mode it requires a battery, while for the passive mode it does not. While I have the instrument plugged in and on the passive ...
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What type of bass strings produces a very warm and mellow sound?

I bought a used Peavey Foundation bass guitar a long time ago, and I really liked the original strings. The sound was very warm and mellow, a lot like an upright acoustic bass. At one point I ...
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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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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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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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How do you control hum without humbuckers?

I have a Hohner Professional B-Bass 4 string bass with 2 single-coils. Controls are neck volume, bridge volume, tone (which I assume is the cutoff on a lo-pass filter). I get serious hum when using ...
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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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Recording an electric guitar and electric bass

I've been searching around this stackexchange subcategory and I haven't reached a solid consensus. What I want to do is in the title. I want to record an electric guitar and an electric bass in ...
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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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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 ...