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What is the difference between an electric guitar and a bass guitar?
i heard that bass guitars can be electric too but they are different. How are they different. Are they in the same category despite being different? Whats the difference between an "electric guitar" and an "electric 'base' guitar"? Please explain, than you in advance.
Last edited by Razorback64 at Aug 7, 2010,
#2
bass guitar has 4 strings : E A D G
they're tuned 1 octave lower than a guitar
the neck is longer
the pickups are different

it'll blow the shit out of your guitar amp if you plug it in there

however, they're still called bass guitars, they're complementary to guitars
and yeah, there are electric and acoustic basses, just like the guitar conterparts
#4
It's like comparing a cello to a violin. They're the same type of thing sort of, but beyond design and how you play them, they're very different in sound, tuning, use, etc.
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Quote by Darkflame
bass guitar has 4 strings : E A D G
they're tuned 1 octave lower than a guitar
the neck is longer
the pickups are different

it'll blow the shit out of your guitar amp if you plug it in there

however, they're still called bass guitars, they're complementary to guitars
and yeah, there are electric and acoustic basses, just like the guitar conterparts


it actually doesnt blow up your amp. IVe tried it.
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Quote by Darkflame
bass guitar has 4 strings : E A D G
they're tuned 1 octave lower than a guitar
the neck is longer
the pickups are different

it'll blow the shit out of your guitar amp if you plug it in there

however, they're still called bass guitars, they're complementary to guitars
and yeah, there are electric and acoustic basses, just like the guitar conterparts


6 string basses are fairly common

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Nobody seems to have mentioned yet that the scale length on a bass is much longer than on a guitar, giving the strings much more tension.

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6 string basses are fairly common


Don't forget the 5 string basses.

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Last edited by Gargoyle2500 at Aug 6, 2010,
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Quote by 09phillt
It will do eventually.

it only does if you turn the amp up too loud - because the speakers aren't normally designed to blast out frequencies that low - but at bedroom volumes it should be fine.

also it's not a matter of which is "better", they serve a different purpose in music.
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Quote by Gargoyle2500

Don't forget the 5 string basses.
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obviously, as the intent in my statement was to suggest you can go up to 6 string with a bass and perhaps beyond.....we`ve only just begun with 8 strings guitars but i`ve played a 18 stringer a couple of times (nylon acoustic) the amount of strings is theoretically limitless but practicality will always be the limiting factor.
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it actually doesnt blow up your amp. IVe tried it.

It won't blow up your amp, but it will damage and degrade your speakers over time.

The difference between and electric guitar and an electric bass guitar? How about that they're two different instruments that happen to be similarly constructed?
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Quote by Darkflame
bass guitar has 4 strings : E A D G Or 5 tuned to B E A D G or 6 tuned to B E A D G C
they're tuned 1 octave lower than a guitar
the neck is longer
the pickups are different

it'll blow the shit out of your guitar amp if you plug it in there pretty much true

however, they're still called bass guitars, they're complementary to guitars
and yeah, there are electric and acoustic basses, just like the guitar conterparts

That's pretty much it.
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There are two types of instruments: acoustic and electric.

There's electric guitars and electric basses. There is no such thing as a bass "guitar" unless you decide to count electric guitars with a 30" scale like the Fender Bass VI.

Basically, back in the 1940s and 50s jazz bands were gradually getting louder and having more electric instruments, and the acoustic basses at the time were rather quiet since you can't have them particularly loud before they start feeding back. Also, it was considered to be hard to transport and hard to play in tune (with proper intonation), so Leo Fender made what is essentially a smaller solid-bodied version with frets, so that it would be easy to transport, would not feed back (obviously this still happens at very loud volumes, but it's controllable) and would intonate precisely (the first electric bass was called the Precision).

That's about it really. The electric bass is more a continuation of an upright bass than anything although there are electric uprights but those are also pretty much just an electric bass at heart, but with the extended scale, radiused and fretless fingerboard and playing style of an upright.
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Quote by Darkflame
bass guitar has 4 strings : E A D G
they're tuned 1 octave lower than a guitar
the neck is longer
the pickups are different

it'll blow the shit out of your guitar amp if you plug it in there

however, they're still called bass guitars, they're complementary to guitars
and yeah, there are electric and acoustic basses, just like the guitar conterparts


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