#1
ok i didnt know to put this in the bass forum or the electric guitar forum so i put it here


i was wondering, i thought it would be cool

but

can you play a regular bass line to any song, with a regular six-string electric guitar?
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#2
yes but it wont have the same tone... i practiced bass lines on my squier guitar so when i went to guitar center i knew how to play stuff when i tried out basses. but the feeling of a bass and guitar are very different.
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#3
would i play it in like standard tuning or would i have to tune way low?
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#4
it doesnt really matter you wouldnt get the same tone as a bass no matter what you tune it to... but if you tune it down i guess your closer to the real sound of a bass.
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#6
The short answer yes, and you can play guitar solos on bass. Sound the same? No because of what BassmanArk has said and because the tonal differences between the two instruments.
#7
you could get a guitar with a humbucker in the neck position and put in a Dimarzio Tone zone, or that emg select bass pickup that fits into a guitar humbucker housing. Or get either a jazz master or jaguar and use Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder replacement pickups for either, especially the Jazzmaster
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It will never sound the same...the scale length and string guages are different, which has a huge effect on your tone. Plus, you would have very little string tension if you tuned down a whole octave..it wouldn't be very playable at all.

Your best bet is to find an octaver. Danelectro makes a fairly cheap one that would work fine...I think it's the "chili dog". Even then, though, it won't sound quite like a real bass.
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#9
^ ya, I know, but those are the three bassiest guitar pickups I know of
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It will never sound the same...the scale length and string guages are different, which has a huge effect on your tone. Plus, you would have very little string tension if you tuned down a whole octave..it wouldn't be very playable at all.

Your best bet is to find an octaver. Danelectro makes a fairly cheap one that would work fine...I think it's the "chili dog". Even then, though, it won't sound quite like a real bass.

For an example of MC's suggestion, go listen to a little song called "Seven Nation Army" by a little band called The White Stripes.

The question seems pointless to me though. You can play any part on any instrument. I could play a guitar part on an accordion, or a bass part on a trumpet, or a saxophone part on a glass harmonica. Because [effectively] all instruments operate in the same musical scale, and you can play any note on any instrument, restricted of course by that instrument's range.

If you play a bass part on a guitar, it becomes a guitar part. Simple as.
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#11
Yeah, unless the bassline utilizes a 5- or 6-string bass.

For that, you're going to have to tune to Low B with a high C (BEADGC), or get a 7-string guitar and tune to the Magical, Mystical Circle of Fifths (BEADGCF).

It'll still sound an octave higher, though.
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#12
you'd have to use one of those effects which make your sound 1 octave lower
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It will never sound the same...the scale length and string guages are different, which has a huge effect on your tone. Plus, you would have very little string tension if you tuned down a whole octave..it wouldn't be very playable at all.

Your best bet is to find an octaver. Danelectro makes a fairly cheap one that would work fine...I think it's the "chili dog". Even then, though, it won't sound quite like a real bass.



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#14
...or that, I agree it'd be better...but TS was asking about playing bass lines with a guitar.
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#16
or he could just play and let it sound a octave higher until he buys a bass.
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