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What is a church bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by John B, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. John B

    John B

    Aug 20, 2008
    Kansas City, MO

    I've done a little searching on this forum for "church basses," and found a couple of references to Prescott basses. But, I still have some questions, for any of you that might know.

    1. What is a relatively standard scale length? I've seen one reference on the internet to 670 mm (roughly 26 3/8"). What size of bass would this equate to?
    2. How is it tuned?
    3. How was it used? I understand that ministers used them to accompany themselves, but I don't know if they were used for any other purpose.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer,

    John Bushouse
  2. I have once seen a "bassetto", a very small bass that my teacher named and claimed that it was used by strolling players. There may have been something like an extended wooden hook at the top/back of the neck to hook over the left shoulder. My memory is a little clouded since this was about 44 years ago !!

    Could this be a "Church Bass?" It looked somewhere between a 1/8 and 1/4 size and had tiny machines.


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