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Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 Hh 5-String Electric Bass Guitar India Ivory Maple Fretboard
"Get deep and dirty with this awesome design. Instead of the traditional single humbucker, this StingRay is armed with 2 of the massive Music Man pickups with hum-canceling phantom coils. It has an active 3-band preamp and unique 5-way switching (both coi
Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass Transparent Black
"Beautifully sculpted mahogany body with a maple top. 34"" scale maple and walnut neck. 12 strings are strung as 4 groups of 3. Black Grover tuners. EMG-HZ pickups with Dean 3D preamp. Dean 2-piece anchor bridge. Case sold separately.12 string Maple top M
Ibanez Sr505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Flat Sapphire Blue
"A bolt-on neck joint on the Ibanez SR505 5-string bass guitar allows superb access to the upper frets of its five-piece jatoba/bubinga neck. Only 4/5"" thick at the first fret, the 34"" scale neck provides more comfortable playing than standard 5-string
Fender '50S Precision Bass Honey Blonde Maple Fretboard
"Inspired by the most legendary bass of all time! The '50s Precision Bass features vintage styling and appointments, a maple neck, alder body, and a split single-coil Precision Bass pickup. Other features include a gold anodized pickguard and vintage hard
Tobias Toby Standard-Iv Electric Bass Alpine White
"Epiphone is proud to reintroduce the classic bass that players have been asking for, the Toby Standard IV. With its roots in the original designs introduced over 10 years ago, the ""Toby"" brought real innovation to bassists hungry for something that ref
Fender American Vintage '74 Jazz Bass 3-Color Sunburst Rosewood Fingerboard
"The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars and basses that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the
Squier Vintage Modified Bass Vi Olympic White
"Squier brings you the welcome return of a long-vanished Fender classic in the deeply satisfying form of the Vintage Modified Bass VI six-string bass that delivers excellent low end. Although it's called a six-string bass it has the feel of a baritone gui
Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser Extreme-5 Electric Bass Guitar Satin See-Thru Black
"Schecter's Hellraiser Extreme-5 electric bass guitar is a premium instrument made with top notch woods and electronics. This bass is truly a work of artistic craftsmanship.The Hellraiser Extreme-5 has a multi-laminate maple and walnut neck. It's made fro
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70S Candy Apple Red
"Squier's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s returns you to a great period in Jazz Bass history, with dual Fender-designed pickups and a slim ""C""-shaped maple neck with a vintage-tint gloss finish. Other features include a black-bound 9.5""-radius maple fi
Dean Edge 4-String Emg Electric Bass Guitar Classic Black
"The Dean Edge 4 EMG Electric Bass Guitar has a comfortable double-cutaway basswood body, and a bolt-on maple neck that has a long 35"" scale. A 24-fret rosewood neck has mother-of-pearl dot inlays. The dual EMG pickup configuration features two EMG-35P4
G&L Tribute M2000 Gtb 4-String Electric Bass Gloss White Rosewood Fretboard
"Three decades ago, the G&L L-2000 bass served notice that company founder Leo Fender was ready to disrupt the status quo. The bold, brash L-2000 has always been an exhilarating experience for players with the skill to pull it off. Now the new M-2000
G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Rosewood Fretboard
"When Leo Fender launched the G&L L-2000 bass in 1980, it was clear he was ready to make history all over again. Never before had such a wide range of tones come from a single bass, and today the L-2500 packs all the features of the latest L-2000 into
Fender Standard 5 String Jazz Bass Guitar Brown Sunburst
"Professional bassists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Jazz Bass guitar since its 1960 introduction for its rich tone and musical versatility. The Standard 5-String Jazz Bass Guitar combines the best of old and new, with modern single-coil
Gretsch Guitars G5440ls Electromatic Long Scale Hollowbody Bass Orange
"The G5440LS Electromatic Hollowbody Long-Scale Bass is a stylishly seismic new Gretsch bass guitar armed with two powerful new ""Black Top"" Filter'Tron bass pickups that endow it with an electrifying deep-end voice and identity.Its single-cutaway hollow
Gretsch Guitars G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Ii Electric Bass Guitar
"The Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet II Electric Bass Guitar has appointments capable of filling a room with massive subsonic tones. ""That Great Gretsch Sound"" rings true, with features including short scale (30.3""), two Gretsch mini dual-coil pi
Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst
"The Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar has a slimmer neck profile than previous year models. White celluloid neck binding also distinguishes the V64 from the other German made violin basses. The light weight of the fully hollow body w
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.