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Should I go Piccolo?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lobster_boy, Oct 19, 2001.


  1. I was looking at the Carl Thompson site and saw that they made the first Piccolo Basses (Basses tuned a 4th hight) and 32' scale and played by Les and Stanyly Clarke, well if i took a cheap 32' short scale bass like an Epi or Hammer could i jus tune it a 4th down and instantly have a Piccolo Bass?? If i could i would jus grab a cheap short scale and slap some EMG's on it and I'ld have it made. But this seems too good to be true:( by the way i know it couldn't be as good as the CT's but still...
     
  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    ...and it's not tuned a 4th down, but an octave up.

    A tenor bass is tuned a 4th higher than a normal bass (A D G C).

    A piccolo is tuned an octave higher than standard tuning.
     
  4. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Would a 6 string piccolo bass be the same as a guitar?
     
  5. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Is a 6 string bass tuned an octave down from a guitar? ;)
     
  6. I love when the new issue of Bass Player comes out.
     
  7. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Yesss sir!

    Need based, I'm sure.
     
  8. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    No - different scale lengths, different strings, different string spacing, different tuning, different sound.
     
  9. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
  10. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    damm.... well if it was tuned EADGBE...
     
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Even then, totally different sound, scale length, string spacing, electronics, strings, etc etc.
     
  12. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    If you have actually played one, you will hear and feel the difference. The sound is much "fuller". Listen to some Stanley Clarke albums - he plays one too. Tonally different to a guitar.