Electric Bass Guitar

The invention of bass guitar pedals of course would not happen without the invention of the electric bass guitar. Before electric bass guitars came into existence and became standard in popular music, bassists had no other option but to play the double bass. The double bass is still used today, but mostly in symphony orchestras. It's also still used in some jazz and "old style" rock and roll, blues, and country music. When the double bass was really the only bass instrument at the time, there were some drawbacks. For instance, it's an instrument that's pretty big and not that easy to carry around. It also needs to be played in the upright or vertical position. The creation of the electric bass guitar solved both of these problems. Now a bassist can carry his or her electric bass around easily in a case or bag and play holding it horizontally while sitting or standing with a strap. Perhaps the biggest breakthrough however, was that now a bass instrument could sound much louder by plugging it into an amplifier and speaker.

The man who is credited for inventing the very first electric bass guitar in the 1930's is Paul Tutmarc. He was an inventor who also happened to be a musician. On the other hand, the man who is responsible for making the first electric bass guitar for the masses in the 1950's is Leo Fender. The Fender Precision Bass was probably the first iconic bass guitar made. 

There are many things to consider while choosing an electric bass guitar other than color, shape, and brand.

While most basses are relatively the same size, there are some that have shorter or longer necks than the standard 34" that most bass guitars have. The shorter or longer neck lengths are made for players who have considerably smaller or bigger hands. 

Another important factor in choosing which electric bass is right for you, is deciding what kind of pickups you want your bass to have. They play a big part in how your bass sounds. The three most common pickups on electric bass guitars are: single-coil (J pickups), double-coil (Humbucker pickups), and split-coil (P pickups). Single-coil pickups are also known as J pickups because they were originally seen on the Fender Jazz Bass. These pickups' output are lower and the sound they produce could be described as clear, bright, and thin. Many pop and rock bassists favor single-coil pickups. Double-coil pickups are more commonly known as humbuckers because they really do reduce the "hum" sound caused by electromagnetic interference that single-coil pickups can cause. Humbucker pickups' output are higher. A bass with humbucker pickups produces a thicker tone and is often used in hard rock/heavy metal music. Split-coil pickups are similar to double-coil pickups because they also reduce "hum" and they are also two single-coil pickups that have been put together. Split-coil pickups have a unique look and they are nicknamed P pickups because they used to only be featured on the Fender Precision Bass. Electric bass guitars usually only have one and sometimes two pickups, but there are some (though more rare) that have three or more pickups on them. 

The electric bass in most cases takes after the six-string guitar and has frets implanted throughout the neck. There are electric basses however, that have no frets and are in fact called fretless basses. These bass guitars definitely sound different than a fretted bass. They are also more difficult to play, in that you have to press down on the strings much harder while playing. Playing a fretless bass also gives the feeling of playing a double bass. So if you want to get a different feel and more importantly a different sound out of playing the electric bass, you might want to go with a fretless. 

The bass guitar is known for having four strings, but there are many basses nowadays that have five, six, seven, or more strings to give bassists an expanded tonal range.  

 

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