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Online Guide E-Basses
Fretless basses, uprights etc.

 


The fretless bass

The differences regarding body construction are similar to those of guitars. There are basses with solid wooden bodies and bolted or set-in necks. Semi-acoustic basses also add to the palette. Finally, neoteric materials such as
GraphiteA mineral which is a naturally occurring allotrope (molecular structure) of carbon; the term is often loosely applied to many forms of carbon fibre and carbon-reinforced plastic used as a lightweight alternative to wood in the manufacture of various goods including guitars and tennis racquets.
graphite
expand into modern
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
construction.

The fretless bass is a special type of
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
instrument. As with classical string instruments it doesn’t have any
FretA narrow metal strip on the neck of a guitar or other fretted instrument, against which the string is pressed to produce a precisely tuned note.
frets
. Playing such type of
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
needs a lot of practice as well as good hearing because the correct notes have to be played in context to what is heard. While the
NormalType of patchbay configuration in which a top row socket is internally connected by default to the corresponding bottom row socket; the connection may be broken by inserting a plug into one or both front panel sockets, depending on the type of normalling in use.
normal
FretA narrow metal strip on the neck of a guitar or other fretted instrument, against which the string is pressed to produce a precisely tuned note.
frets
have a proper grid for the twelve
NormalType of patchbay configuration in which a top row socket is internally connected by default to the corresponding bottom row socket; the connection may be broken by inserting a plug into one or both front panel sockets, depending on the type of normalling in use.
normal
octave notes, the notes on a fretless instrument can be changed continuously, thus, even minor deviations can create horrible tonal clashes. Fretless basses have an awesome
FundamentalThe frequency of a musical sound that is perceived as being its essential pitch, other (higher) frequencies being harmonics contributing to the character or timbre of the sound.
fundamental
sound but they are not as suitable for beginners for the reasons mentioned above.
fretless bass

The variety of
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
shapes developed parallel those of guitars. There are approved standard models and shapes here too. They often originate from brands such as Gibson or Fender and are now being manufactured either identically or in a slightly modified form by southeast Asian producers as well. One such
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
classic is the Fender Jazz-bass, which is still being copied down to the smallest detail today.

Along with the approved types available in every price range there is a growing market for high-end products made by brands specializing in manufacturing luxurious electric basses in fancy wood types. The electronics in these instruments is almost invariably
ActiveDescribes an instrument or speaker system that has its own electronic functions built-in, as opposed to requiring external devices. Active speakers have their own amplifiers built-in, while an active instrument such as a guitar or bass will have electronic controls or a pre-amplifier.
active
which means that they feature a small built-in battery-powered
PreampAn amplifier device or circuit that provides initial amplification of a weak electronic signal, usually to 'line' level, in order for it to be processed or passed between other devices, as opposed to a power amp which amplifies a signal in order to drive loudspeakers. Examples include microphone preamps (as dedicated hardware and in mixing desks/recording interfaces) and guitar preamps. Most guitar amps combine the preamp and power amp in the same unit.
preamp
to enhance the weak
PickupA device for converting sound into an electronic signal, usually by direct contact with the instrument body or by magnetic interaction with the strings, as opposed to a microphone which picks up sound vibrations in the air.
pickup
signals in advance. Of course fabulous
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
sounds can be produced with this technology which requires an accordingly fabulous
AmpereUnit of current; the amount of electricity flowing through a conductor. One Ampere is equal to the flow of 6.25x10^18 electrons through a conductor in one second.
amp
setup to best display these sounds – both available at fabulously high prices. Since winning the lottery is still a matter of luck we will focus on the more common
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
types.

upright bass


The upright bass

A further special type of electric
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
is the so-called upright
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
. It is a double
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
which features the characteristics of an electric
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
, if you like. As with the double
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
, it is placed between the legs of the player and played either standing or sitting, but as a solid wooden instrument it needs to be electrically amplified. This type of
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
is rarely used by rock bands – maybe because the player is forced to stay in a constant position on stage. But according to insiders, the EUB (electric upright bass) is currently gaining popularity and has been highly regarded by jazz or jazz-rock musicians for years.

In the 50s the German company Framus were already producing an electrically amplified double
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
. Their competitors Clevinger were the first to make uprights a lasting success.

 

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