A Brief History of The Electric Bass

18 Nov 2014

The original bass guitar was an acoustic instrumental that stood around 6 feet tall.  It had to be that big because so much interior volume was required to allow the plucked bass notes to be heard.

But ever since the late 1950s, the most common bass guitar in rock is the electric bass.  It looks very similar to the electric guitar but with thicker (heavier gauge) steel strings that provide notes lower than those found on a regular guitar.  The bass provides the bridge between melody and rhythm.

The bass guitar can have 4, 5, 6 or 8 strings.  It’s played by picking, plucking, strumming, slapping or popping.  Most bass guitars have frets along the neck although there are fretless models.

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