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Talkin' bout my bass

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by bobalew, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. bobalew


    May 21, 2005
    Aledo, TX
    I am measuring my bass for inventory purposes and noting the dimensions of the various components on a sketch when it occurs to me that I have numbers written down for the upper bout, the C-bout and the lower bout, but I don't know what I'm talking 'bout!

    Where did the word 'bout' come from as it relates to the double bass? I'm afraid our dear friend Merriam has been of no help, referring me to sports events and illness.
  2. El Thumpo

    El Thumpo Four strings, no waiting Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I enjoy and appreciate the Online Etymology Dictionary:

    So there you have it: They're called bouts because they bend, and because they cause you to go on a bender. :)
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