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Someone asked me.....Why is yours longer?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jmon, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. jmon


    Jan 27, 2002
    Jax Fl.
    Ok so I’m playing a gig last night. There’s not really a stage at this midsized bar. We are pretty much setup in the front of the room. So patrons are really close to us. This lady (prob in her 50s) leans in between songs and asks me “Why is yours longer?” My reply was of course “What?”. She says “Why is your guitar longer than the other guys guitars?”

    I had so many smart a@@ answers in head of course. But I was nice and said “It’s a Bass Guitar. It’s longer because it has to make all the low notes.”

    Ive been asked some dumb/weird questions by random crowd people but Geez. That one takes the cake.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018
  2. Well at least she didn’t think you were compensating. ;)
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  3. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Dude! You missed one of the most obvious pickup lines cougars use on bass players!
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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    it still doesn't make a lot of difference (length): it's how you use it! ;)
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  5. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if that was exactly what she was up to. I would have thanked her for noticing.:D
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  6. All jokes aside (and you have to admit the lady gave you plenty of material with that single line) I don't think it's a dumb question, a lot of people likes music ona more casual way and listen to the whole so they don't think about the isntruments and such. Is not how I approach the things I like (I like to know the details) but it's certainly not wrong, I think as musicians we then to forget that.
    I remember once I was on a line to buy some tickets for a concert and there was a guy with a double bass on the case and in fonrt of him a really old lady (arround 80). At one point she turned pointed at the double bass and asked the guy with real interest "is that a saxophone?" :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:

    Anyway, you should thank the woman, not only for showing interest, but for giving you a funy story to tell :p
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  7. Genetics.
    *walks away*
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  8. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I would have invited her to touch it... ;)
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  9. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    Visual metaphor.
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  10. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    That's a stretch. Most people would have known the difference, I think.
    I've had my DB called a cello many times.
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  11. "No, it's a stringophone."
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  12. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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  13. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Because I've simply got more wood in my instrument, madam.
  14. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Just say, “if that impresses you, you should see my bass guitar.”
  15. I play a 6 string, so mine's wider too.
  16. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Mine’s graphite... so it’s harder, too...
  17. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    I've had plenty of people ask me what bass is when I told them what I play. This stuff isn't important to everyone!
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  18. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I had a cable installer at my condo not long ago and he saw my basses and asked if I played guitar. I responded that I play bass and that those are bass guitars. He responded in a puzzled voice, "Bass? What's that?"
    Bobro, pcake, MCF and 3 others like this.
  19. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Or "It's longer so it goes down deeper".
  20. Neil Martin

    Neil Martin

    Oct 28, 2017
    That's life my dear.

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