and how do you figure?
Assuming you're tuned in fourths, you work out how many notes your bass can produce. Using the formula:

Notes= 1+ number of frets + 5(number of strings-1)

So my 24 fret 5 string bass tuned in fourths makes:

Notes= 1+24+(5x4)= 45

45/12 (12 semitones per octave)= 3 full octaves and an extra 9 semitones.

So four string, 22 fret would be:

1+22+15= 38 notes, which is 3 full octaves and an extra 2 semitones.

Pretty sure that's the formula anyways.

Edit: This doesn't cover harmonics.
Last edited by Deliriumbassist at May 10, 2013,
Surely it would be one extra semitone, not two?
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Assuming you're tuned in fourths, you work out how many notes your bass can produce. Using the formula:

Notes= 1+ number of frets + 5(number of strings-1)

So my 24 fret 5 string bass tuned in fourths makes:

Notes= 1+24+(5x4)= 45

45/12 (12 semitones per octave)= 3 full octaves and an extra 9 semitones.

So four string, 22 fret would be:

1+22+15= 38 notes, which is 3 full octaves and an extra 2 semitones.

Pretty sure that's the formula anyways.

Edit: This doesn't cover harmonics.

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And yes, he's correct.
Well, the lowest note you've got is an E (assuming standard tuning, same works so long as you're tuned in fourths, you're just moving it all around some), and the open G is 1 octave and a minor third (four semis) up from there. So unless you do harmonic wizardry higher than the fretboard goes, you've got 1 octave plus 4+22=26 semitones. But in that 26 notes is 2 12's, each of which is an octave. So you've got 1+2=3 octaves, and 2 semitones (26-24) left over on top.

edited- I can't count octaves for some reason.
Last edited by MopMaster at May 11, 2013,
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Simply put:

N= 1+f+5(s-1)

Where N=notes, f=frets, s=strings

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