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Whys the bridge so tall ?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by lets_go, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. lets_go


    Dec 15, 2013
    Why exactly is the bridge on a bass like 6 inchs tall anyway ?
    WHy not relax the neck angle and set the strings just off the body like a fretted bass ?
  2. The bass would be impossible to bow with the bridge that low, as the bow would hit the body when playing the E and G strings. Thumb position playing would become very uncomfortable too. Also, the body is designed around having that downward pressure that the angle across the bridge provides, and would have very little acoustic volume without it. So yes, you could have the bridge set just above the body, but the instrument would no longer be what we recognise as a double bass.
  3. lets_go


    Dec 15, 2013
    Thanks, makes sense
  4. billyfalconer

    billyfalconer Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Buda (Austin) TX, USA
    You also wouldn't have any volume.
  5. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Indeed. :)
  6. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    And because it's not a giant, vertical electric bass guitar.
  7. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    Isn't that what the Steinberger EUB is all about? As far as bridge height on the upright bass, many times closer to 7" is optimal all things related in perspective. Seems like the best instruments I get to play feature this kind of setup.

    @lets_go: Q: Why not? A: Because it would sound like S***.:D
  8. Tjfbassplyr94


    Dec 28, 2013
    Dallas, Tx
    on top of all that was said, the height of the bridge is very important in many aspects most importantly being the tension of the strings and the length of vibration from the point of contact to the top of the instrument. if it was shorter the tension would be less and the surface area for the vibrations of the bridge to the top of the instrument would be less creating a very poor and weak sound.