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G&L Jb Electric Bass Guitar 3-Color Sunburst
"The G&L JB basses invoke the elegance and practical functionality of one of Leo Fender's early bass designs. The fluid lines of the body, the neck taper, the electronics should all be familiar to the serious bassist. It i9s a contemporary state-of-th
Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto-4 Session Electric Bass Guitar Satin Aged Natural
"This stylish and affordable electric bass features an 18V active pickup system with two EMG-designed single coils. The electronics consist of a master volume and a master blend knob that mixes the relative volume of the middle and bridge pickups. There i
Ibanez Srff805 Multi-Scale 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Flat Walnut Rosewood
"To the newcomer, the multi-scale concept may appear a bit unusual, but the biggest surprise may be how comfortable players become within a minute or two of playing the instrument. The different fret-to-bridge distances enhance tonality, creating a better
Fender Standard Dimension Bass Iv Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar Black
"The Standard series welcomes its first Dimension Bass model in the elegant form of the Standard Dimension Bass IV. Discerning bassists with an extra-sharp ear for tone will appreciate the power and nuance of its single Dimension Bass humbucking pickup. T
Ibanez Sr800 4-String Electric Bass Black Ice
"For 25 years the SR800 has given bass players a modern alternative. With its continued popularity, Ibanez is constantly endeavoring to answer the wider needs of a variety of players, at a variety of budgets. But no matter what the specs, the heart is the
Ibanez Sr Standard Series Sr805 5-String Electric Bass Natural Flat Flat Natural
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Ibanez Sr375e 5-String Electric Bass Aged Whiskey Burst
"For 25 years the SR has given bass players a modern alternative. Embraced by bassists over the decades, the iconic series continues to excite with its smooth, fast neck, lightweight body and perfectly matched electronics. The SR375E is a h
Fender American Elite Jazz Bass Natural
"Packed to the gills with Fender's latest revolutionary innovations, the American Elite Jazz Bass is an active bass for the modern bassist who demands cutting-edge tone technology along with timeless style and fast, smooth playing feel. Its versatile soun
Fender Custom Shop 1960 Jazz Bass Journeyman Relic Electric Bass Guitar Aged Olympic White
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Ibanez Sr370e 4-String Electric Bass Sapphire Blue
"For 25 years the SR has given bass players a modern alternative. Embraced by bassists over the decades, the iconic series continues to excite with its smooth, fast neck, lightweight body and perfectly matched electronics.The SR370E is a handsome 4-string
Ibanez Gsrm20 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Root Beer Metallic
"Dont be fooled into thinking the Ibanez GSR Mikro is a toy. Its made to the same high standards of the other GIO series guitars. The GSRM20 features a vintage style Rootbeer Metallic, small scale SR body, full sound Ibanez STD pickups, the same construct
Schecter Guitar Research Model-T Session Electric Bass Guitar Satin Aged Natural
"With classic looks and modern feel, the 2015 Schecter Model-T Session covers all spectrums of tone with a healthy dose of vintage vibe. The Model-T Session was fine-tuned from the ground up starting with the wood selection to electronics and precisely ch
Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Stealth-4 Electric Bass Guitar Satin Black
"Available in both 4 and 5 string options and loaded with Schecter SuperRock MM/ Schecter Diamond P pickups with an active 2 band EQ, the Stiletto Stealth delivers a bombardment of building-shaking tones capable of filling any mix. Bring the heavy with th
Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Stealth-5 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Satin Black
"The Schecter Stiletto Stealth 5-string is a dark vision of your low end filled future. It's all black exterior will either have you running for the hills or reaching for the volume knob. Its combination of a solid basswood body and powerful Schecter pick
Ibanez Btb33 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Flat Natural
"The mission of the Ibanez Bass Workshop is to pioneer new frontiers in bass development by pushing the boundaries of conventional designs. The impetus behind each one of these unique instruments comes from the desire of the Ibanez bass development group
Ibanez Tmb100 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Flat Walnut
"The TMB100 gets back to basics and delivers a one-two punch by combining a passive P/J pickup configuration with a retro Ibanez body design for a bass that delivers in looks and sound. Features include a Mahogany body for a warm, punchy tone, a Maple nec
The bass guitar was invented in the 1930s as an alternative to the stand up double bass that was typically used to create sonorous resonance in jazz and blues, the precursors to rock and roll. The advent of the rock and roll sound, which included loud guitar licks and strums that would overpower the traditional bass lines, meant that the electric bass became a staple for many different artists. The first widely successful basses, of the solid body model that we know today and which include pickups in the composition, went on the market courtesy of Leo Fender in 1951.
Most commonly, a bass guitar will have four strings, tuned E-A-D-G. These strings are set to match the lowest four strings of the standard 6 string, but are tuned one octave lower.
It was originally conceived as an electric instrument, meant to be amplified via an amplifier to give a rhythm and lower line feel to the music being performed. When performing acoustically or on quieter songs, artists would forego the bass altogether or go back to the stand up double bass model. This option was an expensive one, however, since large instruments such as the stand up bass continue to be the most costly and least portable (standard bass guitar cases are about half the size of double bass cases).
In the 1970s, Ernie Ball (a guitar developer well known for designing accessories) designed an acoustic bass that would accompany acoustic performances without drowning out the finer sound of the acoustic guitar. These basses, like their electric counterparts, had a larger body than the acoustic guitars, which means that if you play one you will probably need one of the many bass guitar stands available. Bass guitar pickups for acoustic models are usually piezoelectric or magnetic. Bass guitar pickups are generally encouraged in the acoustic models as the low sounds mean that they are difficult to hear over other instruments when unamplified.
Although the four string, fretted model is the most common type, these are by no means the only choices available. Musicians seeking to increase the range of sound in their music have the option of a 5 string bass guitar and (although rarely used) even a six string bass. In the five string model, a low B string is added above the E, while in the six string models a high C is added below the G. Acoustic basses with the added B string are often tuned differently in order to produce a sound that can be heard more readily while played.
Basses can also be purchased with no frets or with semi-fretting. Fretless basses are more akin to their stand-up originators and allow players more options in style of play, as well as a distinct sound created when the string is pressed directly on the wood. Semi-fretting models are very rare.
While bass guitars originally were created with 20 frets, modern basses will typically have 24 frets or more. This allows the artist to increase the range of sound created.