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How are you suppose to play this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B8ssMan89, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Play it like a gee-tar. ;)
  2. Blademaster Dez

    Blademaster Dez

    May 12, 2004
    Yeah. These days, many guitar manufacturers are making "baritone" guitars with scale lengths of 27" or above because of the vast number of guitarists in modern rock who like to detune. In this case, the scale length is 29.5" (which is beyond the 27" of a normal baritone guitar but a hair short of a short-scale bass. I've seen short-scale basses with 30"-32" scale lengths.)

    So in the case of this "bass guitar" think of it more as a guitar and less as a bass.
  3. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yeah, I'd go with "they shoulda' called this a baritone guitar". Clearly, the strings are close together such that it really lends itself to pick playing exclusively, and I'd bet it's not tuned in straight 4ths, either.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    It's not a baritone guitar.

    It is tuned EADGBE, an octave below a guitar. Which puts it in the same octave as a bass.

    It is Ernie Ball's version of a Fender Bass VI, or a Danelectro tictac bass.

    Played with a pick. Used in the late 50's and early 60's to double upright bass parts and help bring them out in the mix.

    Also popular with surf bands, and The Cure.

    A baritone guitar is tuned a fifth below a standard guitar.
  5. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
    It's literally a bass guitar then. Which is good for us people who like calling our planks electric basses.