#1
As stated, I am a guitarist, not a bassist. Can anyone tell me why your standard powerchord that sounds great on guitar sounds crap on bass?
#3
Because, generally bass is used for singles notes, or its own group of chords that are made diffrently (I think, Im just a guitarist who hangs around the bass forum for kicks, and to learn) to sound good on bass.
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#4
because lets say you strum an E5 chord from the bottom strings, (well i dont know WHY but) its so low that the sounds somehow become muffled. try playing them one octave higher than you generally would and theyll sound fine
#6
I think a bass' four strings are the same as a guitar's four bottom strings except and octave lower. So if you try to play a power chord on bass it will be an octave lower making it sound bad.
#7
I think it is because bass amps arent designed to blend the notes. Also, the strings on a guitar are much thinner, meaning they vibrate alot faster then bass strings which make the notes blend alot better on guitar.
#8
If you play bass chords further up the neck, like furhter than the 7th fret, bass chords can sound really good
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#10
Because the world already has too many rhythm guitarists?

Its the same reason chords sound muddy on the lower keys of a piano. With out getting to much in the science it has to do with the length of the sound wave and relative vibration of a low vs higher notes. Or to echo the above, it sounds muddy.
#12
but i still think it has to do with baby jesus as perker_muse said
#13
the srtings vidbrate too low for them to sound good.

after the 12th fret they tend to sound passable

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#14
lets combine both anti-threadstarter posts.
1.Because you touch yourself at night.
2.Because you hate the baby jesus.

1+2= Because you touch the baby jesus at night...

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#15
Possibly.

Unless you call your nob the baby jesus.

Which is just blasphemy.
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#16
It's just too deep and it sounds like... BLAHHHHHHH.

If you go up an Octave higher or so. Past the twelth fret. It will sound a little better and much more different than a power chord.
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#17
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Because the world already has too many rhythm guitarists?

Its the same reason chords sound muddy on the lower keys of a piano. With out getting to much in the science it has to do with the length of the sound wave and relative vibration of a low vs higher notes. Or to echo the above, it sounds muddy.

Yep, plus you don't need to go up 12 frets, they sound decent on the D and G strings, ala when the bass comes in in the song always by blink-182.
#18
Chords sound bad just because the lower notes just blend together and sound horrible. Most chords don't sound too bad on the upper strings though...
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#22
Im more evil then a blasphemous lad that calls his nob the baby jesus and whacks him off every now and then untill hes sick:P
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#23
Either way it's still fun to play lower register chords on bass and shake your house. Haha.