How low does your bass sit on your strap?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by makanudo, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    Not sure this belongs here but yeah, how low is that mofo hanging right now..
    (The guitar, you pervs)
  2. KingOvHell

    KingOvHell Guest

    Jul 21, 2008
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I have mine pretty high, i tried the low thing but found it very uncomfortable. I like having the fretboard right in front of me.
  3. rapturebass

    rapturebass Guest

    Dec 6, 2008
    Mine around waist-level, on the lower end of the scale...

    At your feet--------------/---------------------right at your neck
  4. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Guest

    May 26, 2008
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    This might belong in Technique, but I think you're okay here. I have mine pretty low for playing rock, and pretty high for playing jazzy stuff and blues. And melody.
  5. KingOvHell

    KingOvHell Guest

    Jul 21, 2008
    St. Paul, Minnesota

    It doesnt, we are just conversing, thats what you do on messege boards.
  6. Fair enough. I deleted it but you quoted me real quick!
    Low is the fashionable thing - extremely awkward playing IMO
  7. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    I wear mine pretty low, im kinda looking for a Rob trujillo pose but not so low, thats too extreme lol.
  8. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    IMHO and what I like is wearing at the same height as if I'm sitting...
    That way whether practicing, performing live or in studio, the bass is always at the same location... I do love how a J style body puts the neck higher up for the fretting hand... IMHO & IMHE
  9. PBass101

    PBass101 Guest

    Jul 3, 2008
    Same height standing up as it is at sitting down, allows for comfortable playing without wrist fatique in the least. I tried it higher up but my right arm tended to cramp up and according to everybody in my band it made me look shorter :crying:
  10. CatfishStudios

    CatfishStudios Guest

    Jul 6, 2008
    Portland Oregon
    Mine is a bit high..above beltline ...not early McCartney high...but high

    +1 on the sitting standing thing...thats how mine is set up...sitting it just hangs so it is in same position as standing
  11. Same as the other guy; when I stand it it doesn't go anywhere.
  12. Bygde

    Bygde Guest

    Jan 6, 2009
    Sweden, Skelleftea
    It depends for me. For slapping I like my bass high, since it gives a better angle for the thumb. When playing metal I need it low, since my arm has a tendency to cramp up if I have it too high. Might have to do with me being roughly 6'5", and I have pretty long arms. So I have it low for comfort, not looks. It's not cooler to have it low IMO.
  13. bThumper38

    bThumper38 brian ebert

    I wear my bass like A BOWTIE. keeps the carpeltunnel away when you're playing twelve hours a day=). brian
  14. bout the waist line
  15. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I've always worn mine fairly high (centered around the belly-button or above), but find that getting an aggressive attack (like Steve Harris, for example) comes much more naturally when wearing it lower. I was actually very surprised at how much difference just lowering the playing position had on the way I played. Also- One way is more comfortable for the right hand, and one is more comfortable for the left (in my case)...

  16. levis76

    levis76 Defender of the Low Ender

    Apr 14, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    Right at the waist. I agree that lower isn't cooler, but too high can definitely increase the nerd factor. Nobody looks at the bass player anyways, they are too busy gettin down to the groove. :hyper:
  17. The top horn on mine rests against my clavicle...
  18. Upper-waist level for most of mine, although I tend to wear my 4-strings a touch lower.
  19. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Low enough so my right hand and wrist isn't in an awkward position, and high enough so my left wrist isn't bent over trying to reach the strings. More or less in a position where the contours of the body are allowed to do their job.

  20. rarbass


    Jul 3, 2008
    I have mine fairly high but not TOO high. I can't stand playing when it's extremely low, it's like I'm reaching for the bass!

    If it's TOO high though, I'm just uncomfortable.