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Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Bass Guitars

7. Hardware

Hardware refers to the machine heads (also known as tuning pegs), the
BridgeThe part of a guitar where the strings are fastened to the body. Vibrations from the strings are transmitted through the bridge to the body or soundboard of the guitar. 'Bridge' is also the name for a transitional piece of music connecting two parts of a song.
bridge
, and the controls. All of these can be replaced quite easily, so if you can only afford a cheap
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
to start with, all is not lost - it can almost always be significantly improved at a later date, with little or no experience required.

The
BridgeThe part of a guitar where the strings are fastened to the body. Vibrations from the strings are transmitted through the bridge to the body or soundboard of the guitar. 'Bridge' is also the name for a transitional piece of music connecting two parts of a song.
bridge
of a
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 a critical part of the instrument, playing a big part in determining the way it sustains and responds. There are several ways that
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
strings can be threaded through the
BridgeThe part of a guitar where the strings are fastened to the body. Vibrations from the strings are transmitted through the bridge to the body or soundboard of the guitar. 'Bridge' is also the name for a transitional piece of music connecting two parts of a song.
bridge
- some are top-loading, and others are strung through the body. ‘Through-body’ bridges improve clarity and
SustainA general term with various specific meanings in music/audio production: 1) In general terms, how well an instrument's sound persists once played. 2) The third part of the ADSR envelope used by many synthesisers, Sustain ('S') determines to what volume a note decays after it is triggered, but before the key is released. (Decay 'D' controls how fast this happens) 3) The piano pedal which removes the dampers from the strings, so that notes will continue to sound even after the keys have been released. This is implemented in MIDI as a specific message with 2 possible values: 127 (pedal down) and 1 (pedal up).
sustain
, but it can take a little longer to change strings. The other important function of the
BridgeThe part of a guitar where the strings are fastened to the body. Vibrations from the strings are transmitted through the bridge to the body or soundboard of the guitar. 'Bridge' is also the name for a transitional piece of music connecting two parts of a song.
bridge
is string adjustment - a good quality
BridgeThe part of a guitar where the strings are fastened to the body. Vibrations from the strings are transmitted through the bridge to the body or soundboard of the guitar. 'Bridge' is also the name for a transitional piece of music connecting two parts of a song.
bridge
will enable you to control the string height and tuning for each string. This, combined with fine adjustment of the
TrussA metal frame used to suspend lighting fixtures such as spotlights.
truss
rod (which controls the angle of the neck) will help you to keep your
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
in perfect working order.

The machine heads tune the strings of your guitar. Cheap heads may slip while playing, causing the
IntonationTo generate data between given points. Interpolation usually refers to various mathematical methods of generating or regenerating missing audio or video data as part of an error-correction or decompression algorithm.
intonation
of your instrument to drop. D-Tuners provide an easy way to detune your E-string down a tone to D via a simple pulley. But why stop at the E-string?!

Hipshot D-Tuner
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