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Cartoon Bass and Guitar - always 4 strings

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Bassa Nova, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. This is more of an observation that I find humorous, but as a father of two young children, I have noticed that most cartoons when showing a band have a guitar player, a bass player and a drummer. Almost always both the guitar (not just the bass) has only four strings.

    I read once that many illustrators drew hands with only four fingers because it was easier, perhaps the same is true of drawing guitars and basses. Watch out for this next time your kids are watching cartoons.
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  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Yeah, trying to animate 50% more strings onto a little neck can easily reach the limit of resolution on a lot of cartoons, depending on the line values they use.

    It's always interesting to see the little mistakes animators make because they aren't musicians. In this one, you can sort of tell from the picture, the guitar player was playing single notes using bass two finger plucking technique and the bass player was strumming chords with a pick. So close, yet not quite right.

  3. Hey! At least they get that there is some sort of a guitar-ish looking instrument that has fewer than than six strings. ;)
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    Wow,Rudy seems to have four fingers and a thumb, whereas Token has ........................ tiny stumplets..............

    People do forget , however, that the Rudy sig bass predated all production 5 string basses, with the exception of the Fender V, seen here:


    Maybe I should just go to bed.
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  5. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    The Beatles cartoon characters sometimes all had 6 string guitars and bass and sometimes Paul had 4 strings.


  6. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I noticed the guitars only having 4 strings quite often too, but more often than not both guitars and basses tend to be fretless, which the above cited examples also illustrate.

    The step from a fretted guitar to a fretless 4 string bass is quite far, though cartoons make it quite easily without batting an eye. Also note that Token apparently cannot put on his strings correctly, which may or may not have been actually intentional.
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  7. You gotta remember, tho, in all fairness to Token, the bass was in his basement and already strung. He didn't even know he could play bass.

    I'd also like to know about the mod from 3knobs to 2 that was done between Rudy playing it and whenToken found it in his basement.

  8. So it's all come down to this, has it? :laugh:
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  10. Well since most cartoon caricatures only have three fingers maybe you don't need all six strings on a guitar?


    Here, Homer has three fingers, and four strings!


    Here's Peter Griffin with three fingers and six strings.


    Now Hank Hill's got four fingers, six strings, and it's a Guild!


    In just a random look around, i see a lot of six string cartoon guitars!






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  11. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
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  12. My 5 and 7 year old kids don’t watch those shows.

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  13. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Reggie from The Archies sometimes had a 4 string bass and sometimes a 6 string bass.



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  14. Oh sorry, missed the "young children" part of your post!
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  15. That first bass looks awesome! But everybody know Jughead was the real talent there.
  16. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
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  18. no strings

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  19. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    No strings needed here.

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  20. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Jet Screamer from The Jetsons


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