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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What model is my bass guitar?

I bought it second hand on June 2019. It says Yamaha but I couldn't find anything about it. Click for full size
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What is a "horn" on a bass guitar?

What is a "horn" on a bass guitar? I saw a tag at Guitar Center on a bass guitar that said it was discounted because of a "cracked horn" and "reglued horn". I have a screenshot of the tag if needed.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where should I put my thumb when playing bass guitar?

I just started playing bass guitar one month ago and my bass teacher told me that I should rest my thumb on the pickup. The problem with that is that my thumb slips off the pickup when I play. I find ...
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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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Bass guitar: how to avoid sound when string hits fret

I picked up the bass a few months ago, and I've noticed that when I'm playing something, the strings make loud clicky sounds when they hit the fret. This happens especially when I'm trying to play ...
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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 to use for Electric Upright Bass Amplification? [closed]

Lately, I've been fascinated by electric upright basses. It started with seeing one in a store, and now I've been looking at EUB's of all price ranges online. I realized, though, that I'm entirely ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

I will appreciate who can acknowledge me about the differences of chords on an acoustic guitar's fret board with that of a 4-string Bass guitar. How could we perform one's chord on another's and how ...
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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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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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What does it mean for a bass player to play "on the one"?

I do not understand, as a bass player, what it means to "stay on the one", "on the five", etc. What do musicians mean when they tell the bass player to "stay on the one", or any other number?
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How do I play this part in 'Portrait of Tracy'?

I'm trying to learn the song 'Portrait of Tracy' by Jaco Pastorius on electric bass, based on the notation of the book The Essential Jaco Pastorius, but there is this part that I don't understand. As ...
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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 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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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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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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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 no ...
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Bass identification--No name anywhere

Could someone help me figure out what kind of electric bass this is? I found it in my great-grandparent's attic. There is not a single word on this thing anywhere, and I can't find a similar model via ...
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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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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 ...