#1
Well, I just purchased an upright bass down in London Ont. a week or so ago.
Problem is, I need to order a case for it, but I'm not sure if it's a 3/4 or 4/4 body.

Can somebody give me a reference for what size I'm looking for?

From what I can tell, it's a standard size bass (not with me, Im moving down to toronto and will pick it up).

I'm pretty sure the standard's 3/4, no?
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#3
I do believe the standard is 7/8, you must be crazy.

never seen a 3/4 in my life, what do they play like?


:P yeah, 3/4 is the standard. 4/4 is pretty big I hear.
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#5
you need to be of gargantuan size to use one I hear.

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#7
If you're under 6'5" and can play your upright standing, it's 3/4 scale.

EDIT: Also, I win: http://www.gollihurmusic.com/faq/2-SIZES_DOUBLE_BASS_SIZING_FAQ.html

DOUBLE EDIT: I plan on getting a 4/4 bass as my next big investment. I played a few at a store and it's just PERFECT for me. I just hope I can find one with a managable string length (the actual length of the string doesn't have to change that much, regardless of what the 'scale' of the bass is).
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#8
ok, cool.

thanks.
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#9
3/4 is standard? i prefer 4/4, I don't like the stands on 3/4s and i just generally enjoy the hugeness of a 4/4
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#10
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3/4 is standard? i prefer 4/4, I don't like the stands on 3/4s and i just generally enjoy the hugeness of a 4/4

boy you trippin.

I can't play that thing.
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#11
WTF!!!
All my life I had been thinking 4/4 is standard size for all instruments.
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#12
All my life I had been thinking 4/4 is standard size for all instruments.

+1
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#13
Yeah, playing electric fretted instruments your entire life will do that to you.
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#14
I have a 4/4 cello.
Is that standard size?
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#15
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I have a 4/4 cello.
Is that standard size?

I would believe so. for bass, the standard is short scale because it's so damn big.
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#16
if you 8'9 with 9 inch fingers than the 4/4 should be just the rght size. if your not a giant, than get an 3/4.
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#17
Or in my case a 1/2, which fits my size rather nicely. I'm actually looking at a better student model in the future in that size.
#18
Just wondering, does a cello have the same lowest note as an electic bass, and an upright bass goes an octave lower, or am I off?
#19
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Just wondering, does a cello have the same lowest note as an electric bass, and an upright bass goes an octave lower, or am I off?


Cellos are tuned to fifths, rather than fourths, so it would be different.
#20
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Cellos are tuned to fifths, rather than fourths, so it would be different.

Oh, right, I forgot, GDAE..... where does the lowest G show up on our fretboard, if at all?
#21
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Oh, right, I forgot, GDAE..... where does the lowest G show up on our fretboard, if at all?



Mate, its CGDA.

C would be played on the 3rd fret A string or 8th fret E string.

Cellos sound one octave higher than a bass ... just guessed that, hope its right.
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#22
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Just wondering, does a cello have the same lowest note as an electic bass, and an upright bass goes an octave lower, or am I off?
Woah, no. Upright bass is the same as bass guitar. An octave lower?! That seriously would blow my mind. That's like 40 Hz! Wow!
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#23
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boy you trippin.

I can't play that thing.

lol, you do a lotta them trippin jokes (notice signature)

How are they hard to play?? I've never used a 3/4 they look funky to me because they have that stand out of the body, so 4/4 seems natural to me.
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#24
Wow, 40Hz. That open E string is just mind blowing in its hundred of years of tradition.

The only notes lower on a bass than on a cello are positions 1 and 2 on the A string, and positions 1 thru 5 on the E. Some basses have a C extension which allows the low E string to become a C string, making it a full octave below a cello.

4/4s are tough but not impossible. It's perfect for my 6'7" frame (although I probably clock in at 6'5" or so when I'm in a relaxed playing position), and my fingers are long enough to use all 4 fingers on the 42.5" scale fingerboards I've played on. Thats right - I don't need Simandl even on 4/4s. I'm not recommending everyone try it, but they're not too impossible. However some 4/4s have crazy long scale lengths, so we'll see.

And telecastrmastr, I have no freaking clue what you're going on about. What stand!?
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#25
^ isn't it the strength, not the length of the finger that matters?
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#27
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^ isn't it the strength, not the length of the finger that matters?

Well, you need strong fingers to play the instrument, period. But using all 4 fingers isn't really possible for a lot of people simply because they can't reach.
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#28
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Well, you need strong fingers to play the instrument, period. But using all 4 fingers isn't really possible for a lot of people simply because they can't reach.


Ok. So having heard of people screwing up their hands from using all four is that they're overreaching, or am I completely off?
#29
you use three fingers with the left hand and one or two with the right hand. the ring finger on the left hand is used to reinforce your pinky on the lower register. when you move up the neck around the 10th 12th fret the ring finger can be used instead of the pinky. then there's thumb position.....
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#30
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Ok. So having heard of people screwing up their hands from using all four is that they're overreaching, or am I completely off?

If you're feeling lots of pain, stop. If you have hands that are large, stretchy, and strong enough to be able to play 4 positions without moving your hand, go for it.

For first position I use index/middle/pinkie just to not wear out my hand, but 3rd position and on I can use all 4 fingers. I have no fancy method for thumb position however.
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#31
Now I want a massive 4/4 upright bass because of you Maybe my armspan being longer than my height along with playing bass is some kind of message
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#32
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If you're feeling lots of pain, stop. If you have hands that are large, stretchy, and strong enough to be able to play 4 positions without moving your hand, go for it.

For first position I use index/middle/pinkie just to not wear out my hand, but 3rd position and on I can use all 4 fingers. I have no fancy method for thumb position however.



Ok, thanks for the clearing up.

^If you wanna go for massive, try a 5/4ths.
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#33
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Ok, thanks for the clearing up.

^If you wanna go for massive, try a 5/4ths.

I knew there would be something bigger
Speaking of such, does anyone know of a good brand of double basses? I've been interested in playing one since I first picked up an electric bass
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#34
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I knew there would be something bigger
Speaking of such, does anyone know of a good brand of double basses? I've been interested in playing one since I first picked up an electric bass


A good brand is anything generally speaking 3+ grand. With some exceptions on lower range models with good setups.
Yamaha TRB1006
Fender MIA jazz bass
Hora Hybrid double bass
Hartke lh 500
Ev 606L
Epiphone les paul
#35
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Mate, its CGDA.

C would be played on the 3rd fret A string or 8th fret E string.

Cellos sound one octave higher than a bass ... just guessed that, hope its right.

I don't think you can play a C on the 8th fret of the E string on a bass and match the notes as far as the octave goes... it's still an octave too low unless i'm mistaken, and i play cello and bass.
#36
Yes, you're mistaken.
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