Questions tagged [electric-bass-guitar]

For general questions about the electric bass guitar instrument, and associated equipment such as amplifiers. Specific topics include history, general selection criteria, setup and adjustment, playing methods such as picked, fingerstyle (plucking) and "thumbstyle" (slapping), amplification questions,

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Why are necks thinner at the nut?

I'm sure this must have been asked before but I'm finding myself incapable of phrasing the search query correctly to find it. Guitar and bass (and more generally all 'necked' instruments) necks are ...
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Bass G string making loud buzzing noise

My bass recently started making a very loud buzzing noise when ever I play the G string open. That is the only time I hear it. My band director says that my headphone speaker is blown, but I hear it ...
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new pickup, new preamp but no sound?

I recently got myself a Nordstrand MM4.2 to pair with an active Mojotone 2-Band Music Man Clone. This is my very first attempt to mod an electrical instrument, and I thought it would be so much easier ...
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Is EQ the only reason pickups sound different?

Do electric guitar (or bass) pickups sound different only because of EQ? I understand the strength of magnet and totality of wire windings effects the strength of the signal but if one wanted to make ...
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Help plugging Electric-acoustic into PC?

Trying to plug my acoustic-electric bass into my PC. I've never done this before, so pardon my newb. PC picks up no audio, not sure what's up. I bought this plug. Takes two monos to a stereo. One ...
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Why do the bass guitars have so many knobs? [closed]

Electronics in electric guitars is often as simple as a pickup selector, a volume pot and a tone pot. Many guitarists consider even that excessive as the tone pot deteriorates the signal even in ...
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Harmonic Slides on Bass Guitar

I recently saw a video where bassist Adam Neely did a harmonic slide on a fretless bass, and he said it was also possible to do on a fretted bass. I have attempted to do them but I cannot figure it ...
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Is shredding on bass possible? [closed]

I am just asking if guitar-style shredding is possible on a 4-string electric bass.
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Can I use a guitar amp with an electric bass? [duplicate]

I have a passive bass and a Fender Frontman 15g guitar amp. Is it safe to use the amp with my bass?
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For a self-taught bassist, what is the best way to learn to make bigger jumps

Take this tab for example: How can I learn to jump from the B to the D, to the E, and back to the B as fast as possible?
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Do I risk damaging bass amp with electronic drums

I have a Roland electronic drum kit and so far mainly used it with headphones and some cheap portable hifi speakers but they sound really tinny - the mechanical noise of the kit is louder than the ...
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Help me identify the bridge on this Cort GB series bass guitar

UPDATED TO CLARIFY A COUPLE OF POINTS: The bridge has caused issues and failed in the same way before (note the slightly different saddle and tensioner screw on the A string). The teacher/parent has ...
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What is the function of the black strip on the lower horn of a Fender Precision bass

What is the function of the black strip below the fretboard on the lower horn? Some basses have it, some don't
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Low Eb on electric bass

I'm arranging a piece where the electric bass plays a low Eb on the recording. I think it's probably unfair to expect a bass player to perform in an alternate tuning just to appease this demand. ...
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Distortion of AMP [closed]

I have a question that is a little bit of "engineering nature". Why can't I plug an audio signal(music from computer) and bass/guitar in the same speaker if I somehow wire outputs together ...
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Bassline Harmony

Compare guitar 2 and bass in the song tab here- GnR - Nightrain. If you look at the notes played by bass relative to the guitar in verses 1 and 2, you can see instances of Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major ...
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How Do I Make an Electric Upright Bass Sound More Standard?

So I've been playing an Electric Upright bass for about a year now; I have fallen in love with how easy it is to carry around and set up for street performing. I was wondering if anybody here had ...
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What is the "Jazz Bass Mid Scoop"?

I've heard of the "Jazz Bass Mid Scoop", what exactly is this? Some people say that the "Scoop is generally 500-600 Hz", others say "The frequencies that cancel are different ...
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Are these notes (circled)?

This is from bass learning book. How are these G, D, G, D in red? Shouldn’t they be B, A, B, B? Sorry again, just starting out on electric bass.
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Will hooking the output on a monitoring loudspeaker to a bass amp instead of a subwoofer damage anything?

I bought a Thump15a and plan to use a focusrite scarlett solo with it. My brother plays bass and has a bass amp, and so I was wondering if I could take the output of the thump15a and plug into the ...
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How do I fix a consistent micro-timing error?

I found out while recording (pickstyle) bass tracks into my DAW that I have a tendency to play about 25ms in front of the beat. I'm so consistent about this that I assumed the issue was the DAW's ...
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Tuning the lowest bass string a hair flat

I was listening to Abbey Road but it's just Bass and it sounds like the low E string is a hair flat in a lot of the songs. How did they get away with that? When I was in the pep band many years ago ...
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What is Les Claypool doing during this live show of Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers?

During live performances of Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers, Les does something with his hand when playing the bass during the refrain that I don't understand. You can pretty clearly see it right ...
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What are these three switches on the circuit board of my active bass?

Along the top of the circuit board of my bass are three small, black rectangular switches. It's an active bass, meaning it contains a 9V block battery in another, smaller compartment (that's where the ...
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Why does my bass not provide enough gain for my audio interface?

I bought a used bass some time ago to teach myself some basics and have fun. I don't have a dedicated bass amp so I play it over my audio interface (Behringer U-Phoria UMC22), DAW (Reaper) and PC ...
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I want to learn bass guitar

I'm a seventh grader and I want to learn how to play bass, and while I already have a guitar I need to learn how to play. I recently got invited to a friend's band because they need a bass player and ...
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Can unplugged guitars and basses be heard through apartment walls?

So I have a weird sleeping cycle and sometimes would like to play my bass at night. Obviously, playing through a speaker is right out, and I play with headphones anyway, but I am bad at estimating ...
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My hands hurt while playing bass

I play bass (right handed), I normally play finger style but when I play for minutes straight my fingering hand really hurts, I don't know if it's my fingering, and I have tried playing with a pick ...
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What's a good approach to learning bass guitar without having a bass guitar amp?

I have an electric bass guitar at home and I would like to learn how to play it. I do have some knowledge in playing the guitar and I own a nice acoustic guitar, which can be amplified but does not ...
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Connecting Laney MINI amp with iPhones (Without headphone jack)

I recently purchased Laney MINI ST Amp which has a interesting feature called LSI interface which allows user to connect their laney guitar amplifer to an IOS app called tonebridge which can allow ...
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Clunking/clacking bass

So I have a Fender Jazz Bass and I was playing it the other day and once I got to the 5th fret there was buzzing, and past the 5th fret (depending on what I was doing) there was severe, sort of, ...
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Choosing a (baritone) guitar for stoner rock

I would like to buy a baritone guitar, but I can't figure out a way to choose the 'best' (with a 700e budget approx),also I am not sure if its a good idea to purchase one. If I could try such guitars ...
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No sound from bass guitar unless strings are hit very hard: dead preamplifier?

My electric bass guitar (Yamaha RBX374, active pickup) suddenly stopped producing any sound. Only if I play the strings very hard, I do get some noisy tone. Here's what I tried: I suspected it was a ...
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Why are notes always written in all-caps instead of C..B and then c..b for the next octave (E-Bass)

According to the positions of the notes on the sheet, the plain strings of an electric bass should be E,A,d,g with the latter two written in lower case because they belong to a higher octave. ...
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Will using flatwound bass strings take emphasis off of my slap tone?

I've never gotten a chance to play a bass that has flatwound strings, but I've heard from people who have. They usually say that it completely changes the sound, but that they feel amazing for your ...
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How do you play bass guitar with headphones?

So I own an audio interface, and the headphone jack is massive. My headphones are the kind that you can plug into an Iphone (3.5mm?) so I put an adapter over it. I then plug my bass into the interface,...
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Is it common for a 5 string bass to have a high B?

My school jazz band's bass player has a 5 string bass but it is tuned like a guitar with a broken 'E' string, but an octave lower. This means that the highest string is a 'B'. Is this common? I know ...
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Simple Recipe for Guitar-Piano Duo

I would like together with a friend and play songs together. I play both the piano and guitar, and he only plays guitar. I tried it first by recording myself playing a pop song on the piano (only ...
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Are straplocks better than a locking strap for performing?

I have a really heavy (I mean really heavy) bass guitar. I currently have a strap that locks onto the strap holder, but I'm worried that that could cause problems. When I perform, I like to do lots of ...
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Headphones impedance for bass guitar combo/DI box

I used to practice my bass through my pair of old - trusty - worn Grado SR80 headphones which sound amazing, but they are 8 years old already and seem to have a blown dynamic (buzzing on low ...
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Bass neck have a crack, following wood lines

First a couple pictures: I have a bass that has a crack on the neck. It looks like it follows the wood pattern, but since it's so clean, I think it's more glue related. This happened after transport ...
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Using 3 fingers to mute particularly intense harmonics — is there a better way?

When playing the bass, I'm noticing a lot of hard-to-mute harmonics at certain points. Most of the time I can stop a note by easing off but still applying pressure with my fretting hand, and muting ...
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Why Does Overdrive cause Low End to lose?

When running the bass signal through the OD pedal, the signal gets compressed and this adds harmonic overtones and increases the level of highs and mids to the signal. Q: When people say the ...
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Bass amp combo for open mics and acoustic gigs? [closed]

I'm buying my first bass amp combo. My band plays in open mics and acoustic gigs. Drummer is playing a cajón. I'm not looking for a specific model although that would be helpful. Shopping around, I'...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I just need your thoughts regarding left hand guitar players. I come from a piano- and xylophone-playing family. I am the only right hander in my family (my father, mother and 3 brothers are all left ...
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Why is my bass eating up 9 volt batteries like candy?

My Ibanez Soundgear SG6 is eating through brand-new 9v batteries in a matter of days... I've been testing it for a couple weeks now. I'll replace the battery (right out of the package,) and after 2 to ...
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Bass sound in "Hero" by Mariah Carey [closed]

I really like the sound and liveliness of the bass at some points in the song Hero by Mariah Carey as heard on her Music Box album. Here are the main moments where it happens in the official album ...
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Night practice - Electric Bass or Guitar - Which one is quieter

Background I have been a harmonica player for about 2 years now, and used to play the guitar. But since having children I have only free time at night. That's why at first I decided to retake guitar ...
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How should I think when I arrange music for tuba AND electric bass?

I'm arranging a lot of music at the moment, and I find it difficult to combine tuba and electric bass. For most parts, I just make them equal with very few exceptions. For example, I do make them ...
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What to expect in a jazz audition

Context: In my city, the government is going to open a music school for free. In two weeks they going to make auditions for the jazz class for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I play the ...
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