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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackbird, Jul 8, 2005.
I've seen those referred to elsewhere, so no, I don't think it's a joke.
Personally, I'd love to try one, even though I have a perfectly good ABG. Nylon-string guitar was my first love, and this looks kinda cool, even if it's not something you'd play all the time.
if you look at in scale to the 810 behind it, it looks a lot less guitar like....
Look up Bajo Sexto on the 'bay - same gig.
I think it would be more accurately called a contraguitar than contrabass.
They seem to be basically a acoustic bass VI
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Very consistent figures there, indicating the scale length on these is 750mm. This works out to be 29.528".
Ought to produce a really good sounding 40Hzish E, but not much lower.
Sounds and looks good. I want one.
Probably "contrabass guitar" is more accurate. Remeber, the instrument you play is a bass guitar, and the one the jazz guys play is a bass viol.
I guess the etymology is what is throwing me...
These strike me as acoustic basses as the low fundamental is E and as such are not 'contra' to a bass - being in opposition or contrast to a bass - they ARE a bass.
If anything below the bottom line of the bass clef staff defines something as 'contra' then I buy into that.
Apparently there also exists a guitar referred to as a bass in this family of nylon-string instruments, which, confusingly, is closer in range to what most electric guitarists would consider a baritone.
Thus the contrabass is so called because it goes lower than this one. It is confusing, you're right.
I've tried similar instruments in Spain, both 4 and 6 string.
The 6 sting has a guitar-like narrowish spacing. I prefer the 4 string models. The sound is very nice, but don't expect a lot of volume. Suitable for acoustic music (duh?). Nylon bass string need to get used to, since they kinda "roll" under your picking fingers. The scale is shorter than a Fender.
Yeah, same here in Portugal, especially the 4 string. They're really nice to play, easy to get around on, but not much volume.
Very useful info - thanks yoos guys...