Now I realize that these are just words, so before anyone can call me on that, I'll admit it myself. I'm sure some will still roll their eyes at this thread anyway. With that said.. is "bass guitarist" a generally accepted term for musicians that play the bass guitar? I did a search on Yahoo for "bass guitarist" and got a ton of entries. The term has never really sounded right to me. I've never referred to myself as a bass guitarist, always as a bass player or a bassist. There's just something about it that I can't quite pinpoint. Maybe it's the "guitarist" part of it, that implies that the instrument is just a low-tuned, large guitar (which I suppose it is, at least in the most general sense), but I'm not sure it describes our function within a band quite right, either. When I see the word guitarist, a vision of someone with a small 6 string guitar playing chords and leads pops into my head. What does everyone think?