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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lyle, Apr 2, 2005.
Just wondering. Is it when it gets past seven strings, 8+?
When you have to pay money for special cabinets, strings and pickups. That's when.
# of strings don't matter. You can have 4 string Sub contras, and 11's. It's basically the tuning. I don't know the definite line of subcontraness, but I'm guessing somewhere below the B string.
I think it's any bass instrument that goes lower than open B (B-0). JAUQO's four string tuned C#, F#, B and E for example..
What exactly does the term 'contra' mean?
Contra means opposite, but contrabass means 1 octave below regular bass range.
I think so too. Since Anthony Jackson calls his 6 string a Contrabass, anything that goes below low B is a Sub.
I can only speak for myself,years ago while working on my Idea/Concept/Theory of the Low C# and F# string I thought that since this was going to Be a Bass that would go lower than the Low B string found on the 6 string Bass B E A D G C(Often referred to as a Contra Bass Guitar,meaning lower than the standard 4.the word Contra Bass itself is usually associated with the Upright in Classical terminology)I felt that it was the most logical name for such an Instrument
I hope this helps as well
Subcontra Bass C# F# B E anything pass the E(A D G C F etc.)could rightfuly be referred to as an extended range Subcontra Bass
that thing on the C# isnt a string dude thats a rope!
what the gauge of it .200?
so it wouldnt be a sub if you steal those special parts
Gawd damn... Your C# bass is a sex machine...
The Low C# is .195 and the F# is .165
Could you be more specific?
Sorry... I posted that very early in the morning, and its even later now - and still no sleep... I rarely make much sense at such times... What I ment to say is that your C# bass is absolutly beautifull, as is your 8 string Adler... What funky controls do the vilex pups have on the 8 string??? That guy is a mad scientist...
A contrabasso is a four or five string instrument that plays below a (five string) cello.
A subcontra basso is a (string) instrument that plays below the contrabasso. That would mean that anything below B is subcontra, and a clean subcontra would be B, F#, C#, G, etc, if tuned in fours. Oh, my! (Note that the G is way under 20 Hz, and should be unaudible to most human beings )
Just throwing in a remark, for the fun of it.
The standard tuning for a Cello is C G D A(low to high)the Contra Bass is sometimes referred to as Double Bass and is tuned a octave lower than the standard guitar.the tuning for string instruments has changed considerably over the last few hundred years.I based my Subcontra concept off of the modern electric Bass which is as we all know related to the Double Bass Contra Bass and what ever other name is may be called.
My instrument is techniccly a Subcontra Bass Bass Guitar
here is a link that discusses the tuning of the Double Bass and the various changes in its tuning over the years.
My Subcontra Bass Bass Guitar is tuned Low C# F# B E and
The open Low C# string is 17Hz
Thanks Alex,I was just curious.I no longer have the Villex pickups in the Adler I had them replaced with Adler pickups,the 8 string has a Auguilar OBP-3 preamp in it,I kept the Villex pickups in my Adler Fretted and fretless Subcontra.
Nice link! Thanks!
17Hz, huh? (Where's the smiley for enormous ear??)
17Hz...that might be an Uber-Brown Note !
A few comments about the Recording The Low C# Theory(which is an Extention of my Subcontra Bass Bass Guitar concept).