Bass

Common Questions About Bass Guitars

Cream City Music has a large selection of bass guitars to choose from to help you create the next great bass line.

If you are just starting out, picking a bass can be challenging so we have compiled a few of the most common questions we get about bass guitars.

What types of bass guitars are there?

Like all guitars, a bass guitar can come in many different variations, including 4-string, 5-string and 6-string models.

Bass guitars are also available with fretless necks. Fretless bass guitars typically provide a smoother and warmer sound, but are more difficult to play and are typically only used by experienced players.

Similar to traditional guitars, a bass guitar can come in electric and acoustic-electric styles. While a little more uncommon, acoustic-electric bass guitars can offer a unique touch to your sound and music.

What is the role of a bass guitar?

Bass guitars provide the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for almost every band. They keep the beat and pulse of the music for everyone on stage. When a full audience is able to tap their feet to the music, a bassist is to thank.

A bass also has a role in the harmony of the music. When the audience hears multiple instruments, they pick up the lowest sounding pitch, which is typically created by a bass guitar. This effect helps create the overall mood of a song.

What are the top bass guitar brands?

Fender is a major player in the bass world, with their industry leading models of the Fender Precision Bass and Fender Jazz Bass.

Due to their high quality build, classic looks, and simple designs, both the Fender P-Bass and Fender J-Bass have become bassists’ go-to models and ultimately helped shape the industry into what it is today.

Another common favorite are Ibanez bass guitars. Since entering the industry, Ibanez has been responsible for some of the most innovative and powerful bass guitars ever made, such as the iconic SR Series.

How to choose the right bass guitar?

If you’re a beginner or looking to get a bass for a younger player, a short scale bass may be the best option. While the large majority of bass guitars have a string length of 34”, short scale models have string lengths that run from 30” to 32”. These basses have shorter necks, less spacing between frets, and lower string tension that are ideal for beginners.

Otherwise, if you are unsure what type of bass guitar to get, best measures are to keep it traditional. Personal taste and style will matter the most, but you can never go wrong with a 4-string fretted model.

For a full selection of intro-level bass guitars, check out our bass guitars that are great for beginners.