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Piccolo Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sandman1278, May 1, 2005.


  1. Just kinda curious about these things, all i know is that there supposivly tuned up an octave, so then wouldnt that just be the 4 low strings of a guitar? If so what purpose would a piccolo bass serve over a guitar?
     
  2. FireAarro

    FireAarro

    Aug 8, 2004
    austr-
    Feels like a bass, sounds some different. Makes your ego swell when people are amazed the guitar solo is coming from that bass? Stuff like that :D, it's cool.
     
  3. If you were playing this wouldnt you need another bass player to play real bass? lol
     
  4. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    It sounds a lot mellow-er too in my experience. :)
     
  5. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    They're fun to play, I like having one around for miscellaneous playing and it's a great way to use bass playing styles on a guitar-tuned instrument. Also Pic basses are preferred for getting a bass feel on an instrument for midi because it tracks better.
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The feel and sound is different than a guitar, due to the longer scale.
     
  7. what scale are these usualy at? I'm assuming somewhere between a standard bass and guitar?
     
  8. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Common to see 30" but there are a lot of converted standard 34" out there like mine.
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It varies. There have been a few that were custom built from the ground up as a piccolo, but most are just a standard bass with piccolo strings.

    I have seen 30", 30.75", 32", 33.25", 33.75", and 34".
     
  10. what kinda strings would one use with those
     
  11. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Piccolo bass strings. Ken Smith makes em, LaBella does and a few others.