It's every beginner's worst nightmare. You don't want to overpay for a substandard instrument. That's why we previously reviewed the best basses for your money. But we thought it could also be helpful to write about the bass guitar brands you should avoid. These are brands that don't impress for a variety of reasons: some make poor quality basses, while others make … [Read more...] about Bass Guitar Brands To Avoid (Including Some Famous Names)
You might not be able to afford any of it yet. But as a bassist, it's only natural to wonder what gear the best of the best use. It gives you something to aim for. And in many cases, budget brands offer stripped down versions of the best basses for a much lower price. With that in mind, let's take a look a 5 of the most famous bassists ever and see what bass guitar … [Read more...] about Bass Guitar Rigs Of The Pros (Gear Used By 5 Legendary Bassists)
A bass is a bass is a bass, right? Not quite. One look at each of these instruments will tell you the bass guitar is quite different from the upright bass. They look nothing alike. So why make this comparison then? Because these two instruments fulfill the same roles. You could use on in place of the other. In theory. In practice, there is definitely a … [Read more...] about Upright Bass Vs Bass Guitar (And Which Is Best For You)
So you're thinking of buying an electric bass guitar. Or you just bought one. Now you need an amp. Luckily, you already have a guitar amplifier. You can just use that right? Yes, you can. But you really shouldn't. It won't sound right and it can cause serious problems down the road. Let's find out exactly what you can expect if you use a guitar amp with your bass … [Read more...] about Can You Plug A Bass Into A Guitar Amp?
So you got a brand-new bass guitar. Now what do you play? You need some easy bass guitar songs for beginners. Tunes that are simple enough that you can pick them up with practice. And fun enough to motivate you to keep practicing. Ideally, they should also challenge you to improve your skills and teach you fundamental techniques. Sounds like a lot to ask from a … [Read more...] about Easy Bass Guitar Songs For Beginners
Bass guitar is easily overlooked. Most casual listeners don't even notice it in the majority of songs. But there are some songs where the bass takes center stage. It drives the song and is the most notable part of it. We've decided to compile this list of songs with good bass guitar riffs to give you some examples where the bass stands out. Let's take a look. And a … [Read more...] about Songs With Good Bass Guitar Riffs (In Various Genres)
A 1500 word article, when you can just count the strings and be done with it? Obviously, the answer is not quite so simple. Anyone can see that most bass guitars have 4 strings. But if you're reading this, you undoubtedly noticed bassist playing instruments with far more strings than that. Yes, those are also bass guitars. Let's dive right in and check out the … [Read more...] about How Many Strings Does A Bass Guitar Have?
A cutaway guitar is just what it sounds like: it's a guitar where part of the body has been cut away. All modern electric guitars and many acoustic guitars have a cutaway shape. That's because it provides one huge advantage. The style of cutaway can differ greatly, as can the number of cutaways. All of the most popular guitar shapes are defined by their cutaways: they are … [Read more...] about What Is A Cutaway Guitar? (Plus Pros And Cons And Popular Models)
I remember back when I was looking to buy my first electric guitar. As I tend to do, I spent hours upon hours researching all the features I "needed." The first big decision was the body type to go for. I had to look cool holding my guitar, after all. The second big decision was the type of pickup(s) I wanted. Of course, that meant first learning the different types of … [Read more...] about Different Types Of Guitar Pickups (And Which Is Best For You)
Finding the middle C on a guitar should be easy, right? If you know where the notes are on the fretboard, you know which strings to fret where, in order to get the middle C. Even if you don't know where the notes are on a fretboard, you can easily look it up. But since you find yourself here, you probably realize the answer is not quite so simple. That has to do with … [Read more...] about Where Is Middle C On Guitar? (And Why It’s A Tricky Question)