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hmm... what is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DEFELDUS, Jul 18, 2003.


  1. it says 6 string bass, but it looks like a guitar witha long neck, yet it says short scale... :confused:


    maybe its a baritone guitar???
     
  2. It's a Bass for guitarists. No, wait, it's a guitar for bassists. No... However you choose to view it, the Silhouette Bass is a unique instrument, capable of a wide range of tonal colors not shared by any other axe. This short scale 6-string bass sounds as good as it looks, and makes an excellent addition to any musician's arsenal. <---"overview and specs"
     
  3. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    It's a guitar tuned down one octave. I've tried one. It's actually a bear to play - the strings are pretty stiff and the string spacing makes it difficult to play fingerstyle.
     
  4. all basses are an octave lower than guitar...
     
  5. It's Ernie Ball's version of the Fender Bass VI....

    Mike
     
  6. was that a baritone guitar?
     
  7. I think they're actually two octaves below guitar, but they're written as one octave below so that there aren't a million leger lines.
     
  8. Not really. Baritone guitars are usually tuned B-B or A-A (that is, a 4th or a 5th below standard guitar tuning). Scale length for a baritone guitar is usually somewhere between 26-28", I think.

    However, the Bass VI and the Silhouette and other instruments of this type (I think Danelectro makes one, among others) are tuned an octave below guitar, EADGBE. Scale lenght is usually somewhere around 29-30", but the pickups and string spacing are more like a guitar than a bass. Maybe you'd cal it a "octave guitar"?

    Mike
     
  9. Come now, funky! You play both guitar and bass--you know they're not two octaves apart!

    Mike
     
  10. Haha, sorry. So a tic-tac and an electric bass are actually in the same octave?
     
  11. Yep, they are, as far as I know. I'd forgotten these things were called "tic tac basses", though!

    Mike