I'm listening to the radio. Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" came on and I was reminded that every time I hear this song the bass guitar, on the lowest note of the backing lick (or whatever you would call it) always sounds, to my ear, ever so slightly sharp.

I've noticed this before on other songs, too. I've always imagined that it's probably inaccuracies on a fretless bass, but have not found anyone else mentioning it, so I assume it must be me.

Is this a common phenomenon - where very low notes are not accurately heard?

  • Sounds fine to me.Not sure it's using fretless.
    – Tim
    Mar 2, 2021 at 8:37
  • I'm quite prepared to accept that it's my ear
    – SiHa
    Mar 2, 2021 at 8:56
  • Do you mean the intro, where the piano doubles the bass fundamentals? That does sound a bit out of tune to me, rest of the song not. But – fretted bass guitars can certainly have some inaccuracies, especially short-scale ones. Mar 2, 2021 at 9:37
  • @leftaroundabout - No it's all the way through.
    – SiHa
    Mar 2, 2021 at 10:13
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    I'd also be in favor of reopening this question. And I don't think it's opinion-based. It's about a subjective musical experience, and what's wrong in asking where that experience is coming from and what other musicians experience in similar situations?
    – MMazzon
    Mar 3, 2021 at 20:49


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