Would you call it "guitar," "bass," "bass VI," or carrots?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JES, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Leave it at "guitar"?

    10 vote(s)
  2. Have it say "bass and bass VI"?

    44 vote(s)
  3. Just have it say "bass" or "basses"?

    47 vote(s)
  4. Insist on "bass, carrots" for my liner note credit?

    10 vote(s)
  5. Other (explain in thread)

    10 vote(s)
  6. Edit: added "baritone guitar" on Groove Doctor's suggestion.

    30 vote(s)
  1. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    One of my bands is finishing a record. On a few songs, I played some melodies that got well into the guitar range on my EBMM Silhouette, a bass VI instrument. The guitarist is writing the liner notes and has credited me with "bass, guitar."

    Do I leave it? Do I change it? It's not exactly accurate, but it's also true that few people know what a Bass VI is. He knows that I played bass VI, but I'm sure he did it as a way of crediting me with the melodies I played.

    The stakes are really low--the whole thing is for love, not money. But still, I am undecided what to do.
  2. Baritone Guitar.
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  3. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    Intriguing! This also opens up the possibility of "alto bass."
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  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    In 2004, Fender issued the Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom (later renamed "Jaguar Bass VI Custom"), which in format was a combination of the Bass VI and the Fender Jaguar. The Jaguar Baritone Custom used the same string gauges and tuning as the Bass VI, but differed in that it has a Jaguar-shaped body, two pickups with Jaguar-style switching options, a fixed bridge and a shorter 28.5-inch scale length.

    Fender Bass VI - Wikipedia
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  5. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I believe that's piccolo bass.
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  6. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    I actually did play piccolo bass on a record several years back, but that was a 34" scale 4-string instrument tuned EADG like the bottom 4 strings of a guitar. That's why I was thinking "alto" for the Bass VI, though of course nobody knows what the hell an "alto bass" is either so that doesn't exactly solve my problem....

    Please keep the replies coming and have fun!
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  7. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Hmmm, our lead feller primarily plays one of these since he replaced his tele with it about 8 months ago. I never really thought about it. Apparently he didn't give it much either, because on our CDs that were just delivered on Friday, his credit says 'guitar/keys.'
  8. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    I'd say whichever term you go with, don't go with just guitar. It's not only more accurate, but more interesting to someone reading the notes. And who knows, if they don't know what a bass vi is, they may go look it up (or at least think you're really cool for playing an "exotic" instrument...).
    Just my dos cientos....
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  9. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
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  10. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Deep guitar.
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  11. gebass6

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

    Change it.
    Call it what it is.
    For those who know and care to know.
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  12. Billoney


    Feb 12, 2014
    I like calling it something to make it look interesting in the liner notes. On Jefferson Airplane's "Crown of Creation" album, Jack Casady is credited with playing the "Yggdrasil" bass.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
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  13. Keep it, now you're credited with two different roles in case someday that somehow matters.
  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    “Bass guitar” is synonymous with the standard 4-string electric bass for most readers. Although I don’t go for credits padding, in this case there’s significant enough difference that I think making a distinction and asking for the credit to read as “bass and Bass VI” is entirely reasonable. It does no harm if the reader doesn’t care. However, there are people (like me) who do care, and like knowing details such as which instruments were used on which songs.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
  15. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    "Contra Guitar"
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  16. 'Abomination'!
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  17. "Bass guitars"
  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    If you don't think enough people will "get" bass vi, extended range bass.
  19. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I would definitely change it...

    ... from, 'bass, guitar'...

    ... to, 'My Captain, whose reverberations come mainly from Middle Earth'.
  20. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016

    JES played Silla. Or Ernie/MusicMan if you prefer.
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