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"Fender Deluxe Active Dimension Bass Guitar, Maple Fingerboard Natural"
"A bold entry into Fenders legendary family of electric basses, the Deluxe Active Dimension Bass brings upgraded features and components to the working musician. A true players instrument, designed for discerning bassists, this bass is ready to hit the st
Ibanez Sr650 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Antique Brown Stained
"For 25 years the SR has given bass players a modern alternative. As its popularity has expanded, the iconic series continues to excite with its smooth, fast neck, lightweight body and perfectly matched electronics.The SR650 is a handsome 4-string bass de
Schecter Guitar Research Diamond-P Plus Electric Bass Guitar Dark Vintage Sunburst
"For 2015 Schecter took the Diamond-P shape and redesigned it from the ground up to have a vintage look while having top of the line electronics, versatile tone possibilities, and modern construction.Starting with the Seymour Duncan Pickups, the bridge pi
Ibanez Talman Bass Tmb310 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Silver Sparkle
"The TMB310 gets back to basics and delivers a one-two punch by combining a passive P/Double 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 Ma
Ibanez Sr1306e Premium 6-String Electric Bass Guitar Natural
"Professional players and gear reviewers alike have been singing the praises of the SR Premium series since its introduction. Crafted by the Ibanez Premium luthiers, the SR1306 shares many of the high-end appointments of the much-respected Prestige line.
Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V Maple Fingerboard Natural
"Packed to the gills with Fender's latest revolutionary innovations, the American Elite Jazz Bass V is an active 5-string bass for the modern bassist who demands cutting-edge tone technology along with timeless style and fast, smooth playing feel. Its ver
Mitchell Mb300 Modern Rock Bass With Active Eq Honey Burst
"The Mitchell MB300 bass features a carved-top, sleek-curve basswood body and a modern-profile neck shape that is ideal for multi-genre players. An optional AAA quilt maple veneer provides the MB300 with a top-shelf look. The Deep Bevel Cutaway (also feat
Fender American Elite Rosewood Fingerboard Precision Bass Olympic White
"The American Elite Precision Bass is an entirely new beast of a bass. Designed for 21st-century players who push the envelope of tone and possibility every time they play, this bass is a multi-faceted performer with classic style, exceptional feel and ve
Fender American Elite Dimension Bass Hh Maple Fingerboard Black
"A new dimension in bass excellence, the American Elite Dimension Bass IV melds our most modern innovations with powerfully punchy tone, sleek style and smooth playing feel to create an unparalleled bass playing experience. Engineered for 21st-century bas
Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 Hh Neck Through 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Vintage Sunburst Rosewood
"Ernie Ball has reached a new evolution in design with the debut of its neck through construction Music Man StingRay 5 basses. This legendary bass specializes in producing the burly low end needed to hold down the rhythm section in any band. The StingRay'
Yamaha Mango Wood 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Root Beer
"The Yamaha TRBX174EW features an exotic mango top with matching headstock built with the trusted quality of Yamaha. The bass's distinct look and exceptional playability set this instrument apart from other basses in its category. It's a great bass for re
Mitchell Mb200 Modern Rock Bass With Active Eq Gun Metal Gray
"The Mitchell MB200 bass features a slick basswood body and a modern-profile neck shape that is deal for multi-genre players. The Deep Bevel Cutaway provides outstanding playing freedom across the entire fretboard. Split-single and single-coil ceramic pic
Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass Rosewood Fretboard Electric Bass Guitar Heritage Tobacco Burst
"Cutlass Bass Case The Cutlass bass is the latest edition to the Modern Classic line of instruments. This newly designed passive 4-string bass features rich, vintage tone surrounded by streamlined, modern appointments for ultimate comfort and playability.
Fender American Elite Precision Bass Maple Fingerboard Electric Bass Tobacco Sunburst
"Updating Fenders classic design with revolutionary technology and sound, the American Elite Precision Bass is an entirely new beast of a bass. Designed for 21st-century players who push the envelope of tone and possibility every time they play, this bass
Fender American Elite Dimension Bass V Hh Rosewood Fingerboard Cayenne Burst
"A new dimension in bass excellence, the American Elite Dimension Bass V is an active 5-string bass that melds our most modern innovations with powerfully punchy tone, sleek style and smooth playing feel to create an unparalleled bass playing experience.
Gibson 2016 Es-Les Paul Semi-Hollow Electric Bass Guitar Gold Top
"This bass takes full advantage of the ES formula, allowing sound waves to resonate freely within its hollow chambers adding warmth to your grooves. The 3-ply maple/poplar/maple body has a set 30.2""-scale neck with rounded C profile for effortless play.
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.