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Why do bass manufacturers' sites end in "guitars"

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Nick Gann, Dec 28, 2003.


  1. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
  2. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Technically, they're bass guitars so they're not lying. Regardless, it get's a bit confusing.
     
  4. yeah, bass guitars.
    if its just "bass" i would think DB.
     
  5. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    As stated above,,, basses are guitars.
     
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I play a bass GUITAR :bassist:
     
  7. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Ok, I have to give all of that a big fat :rolleyes: (except for Tim's post)

    Don't give me any of the "bass GUITAR" crap. I know that they are called bass guitars. That said... Basses are not guitars. They are BASS GUITARS. When someone says guitar, you see a 6 stringed instrument with a ~25 inch scale.

    Tim, I agree with what you are saying, they aren't lying. But to me, it is a bit decieving and as you said, confusing.

    Jon, if "bass" makes you think of only upright basses, then I think you are in the minority on that one, and I am sorry.

    Polly and Sped, as I said, basses are not guitars. Basses are bass guitars.

    If you guys want to split hairs, then I can do it right back.

    Anyways,to appease those of you with the bass=guitar crap...

    Why don't the websites say (for instance) www.roscoe[b]bass[/b]guitars.com?
     
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    that's ridiculous. that's like saying an alto sax is not a saxophone, it's an _alto_ saxophone.

    they probably don't add that extra verbiage in the url because they don't want to confuse the potential customers. short website names are good, m'kay?
     
  9. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    so.. who cares again?

    It's a matter of history. Until 1951(-ish), a bass was an upright bass (or washtub)... until an electric bass guitar was developed, using the electric guitar as a pattern.

    It's a bass built around a guitar design... not that anyone gives a flying fugg.
     
  10. the answer probably stems from that debate
    some people call them bass "guitars"
    some people just call them basses

    including the word guitar into a url will also assist in your site getting more attention because it will come up in search engines when people are looking for bass "guitars"

    some people don't include either word- ie stambaughdesings.com and alembic.com

    just a matter of preference of word useage and marketing
     
  11. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I'm not hung up on it, Ii don't think we should call it a Leo :D

    By my reasoning, I don't think the sax comparison works. There is no single "saxophone". There is an alto sax, a tenor sax, a bari sax, etc. etc., but there no one instrument that is called a "saxophone".

    There is however, an instrument called a "guitar". Just guitar. Not tenor guitar, alto guitar, or anything else. Just guitar.

    I know they are in the same family, but they are not the same thing. You can't say an alto saxophone is the same as a tenor saxophone, just as you can't say a bass guitar is the same as a guitar.
     
  12. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Thanks a lot for the first REAL answer in the thread :D (seriously, thanks)
     
  13. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    squares & rectangles, Nick.

    All bass guitars are guitars, not all guitars are bass guitars.

    All alto saxes are saxes, not all saxes are alto saxes.

    What so confusing about that?
     
  14. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I know, that is my point.

    Its not cunfusing. Its semantics. Its splitting hairs. Its dodging my question. Its trying to start up an old debate when there is no need to.

    Some people just can't accept that one persons square is another persons rectangle. :D
     
  15. TurboRawker

    TurboRawker Guest

    Oct 23, 2003
    So. Car.
    I find this thread amusing, but I have to make the bass guitar distinction because a lot of my friends play orchestra insturments. I say bass, they think DB, so I play bass guitar.
     
  16. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    Ok fair enough, but you have to accept the fact that "that bass GUITAR crap" is a very valid answer. Other than that I think "skbassesguitars" gave pretty much the only other reply that would hold any water, so there's not really alot left to say... and I've said more than I planned to on the matter already.
     
  17. pc

    pc

    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    Wrong

    Most of them end in .com


    :rolleyes: :D :D :bassist:
     
  18. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD

    You win :spit: :D