Where do you sling it? And why?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by tb-player, May 19, 2021.

  1. As low as I can get it

  2. Low, but vertical. I need to see that neck!

  3. Low, but more around the belt

  4. Covering my belly with the headstock at 45-degrees

  5. Covering my belly with the neck at 90-degrees

  6. Hike it up there. I like to feel it on my chest.

  7. Can't get high enough. There's magic in the bowtie bass.

  8. I like carrots.

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  1. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Are you a low-slung bass guy/gal?

    How about the ol' low-but-vertical?

    Maybe you like the body in the middle, but you prefer the neck angle at about 45-degrees.

    Mid-body position with the 90-degree(ish) neck angle?

    Or can you almost hear your heartbeat through the back of the pickups?

    I think I've tried most of these through the years. I'm interested in the why/why-nots of different bassist's preferences. Where do you 'wear' your bass? (photos encouraged!)
    Last edited: May 19, 2021
  2. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    More like this:


    (This is Julie Slick, not me.)
  3. Zak TMD

    Zak TMD

    Apr 22, 2016
    Outside of the heart of darkness, Washington, DC
    Breaking even is the new making money.
    I had to look at pics to figure it out... lowish?

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  4. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Oh man. Before I read this, I thought Julie Slick responded to my post. :wideyed:
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  5. misterCRUSH

    misterCRUSH It's all jazz...it's ALL jazz...

    Dec 27, 2015
    I'm closest to the picture of Geddy
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  6. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    I had to look too. When I play, it feels like I keep the neck at a solid 90-degrees. But looking at a few photos, I guess I'm a little north of that. Definitely covering the midriff though! :thumbsup:
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  7. Texaspandj


    Feb 13, 2021
    Heart Of Texas
    I mean, I gotta have belt rash. 240833_215098615176335_39407_o.jpg
    Last edited: May 19, 2021
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  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I play about where Geddy and Julie Slick have it, If I sat down the lower contour would already be at the crease of my leg, so the bass is basically right above my belt. I play pretty level, 10 degrees if I'm guessing, I assumed 90 degrees means horizontal? I play fretless maybe 3-4 inches higher. I have pretty long reach so the neck isn't getting pulled upwards.

    I'm pretty sure I played it at my knees once or twice. I also know I've played it like a collar a few times. Worked for Entwistle. Not for me.
    MynameisMe, TNCreature and Lobster11 like this.
  9. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Around the diaphragm. For maximum feels.
  10. Zak TMD

    Zak TMD

    Apr 22, 2016
    Outside of the heart of darkness, Washington, DC
    Breaking even is the new making money.
    Belt rash is life.
  11. IMG_5161.jpeg

    Typically about this.
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
  13. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    body at belt level, neck about 85 degrees
    (<---- see sig pic for proof!)
  14. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member


    i think it's always been slung this way, but i've let the strap out a few notches over the years --- because they shrink! :laugh:

    edit: why? my version of comfort.
  15. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Belt level, 45 degrees.
  16. Bass on the belly, tilted at 45 degree angle.

    I have a long torso, but normal length arms. I feel pain just looking at people sagging their bass.
  17. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    I used to wear it high, now I wear it belt level. I recently saw a video of Messthetics, and Joe Lally (of Fugazi fame) is wearing his P quite high, and it seems to help him pick with dexterity. However, I rarely pick, and I suck at it at any height. On the other hand, I remember Tim Lefevbre saying he likes to keep it low so he doesn't overthink what he's doing. Dunno. I just wear it belt level cuz it works for me.
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  18. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2014
  19. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2014
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  20. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

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    Last edited: May 19, 2021
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