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Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

How much for the bass? (not a fish)

Wife bought this (used) bass guitar back in 1988ish. Kramer Spector IV. Never used it. Wants to sell it. Appears to be in very good condition. No clue about the value -- poked around a few forums/sites, didn't find anything particularly helpful. Now turning to Mighty AskMeFi for info on what we can reasonably expect to ask/get for it.
posted by davidmsc on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I make my amp less bassy?

I own this amp. It works fine except for one thing: the sound is tremendously bassy. Currently, I have the bass turned all the way down and the treble all the way up and it is STILL too bassy. I only play distorted/high gain. What are my best options for getting a treblier sound?
posted by josher71 on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Any thoughts on acoustic basses?

Over the weekend, I was blindsided by a powerful urge to buy an acoustic bass guitar (not stand up bass), mostly for noodling around the house without plugging in my electric or an occasional acoustic jam with friends. Can you give any buying advice or perspectives? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 5, 2013 - 12 answers

how can i fancy up this simple board?

i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Feb 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

A nice acoustic bass guitar at a reasonable price?

What are some suggestions for a nice acoustic bass guitar (not a stand-up bass fiddle; not an acoustic-electric) that I can purchase for my son at a VERY reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Duh-na na-na na-na na-na. Bass.

Aspiring bassist, and advanced guitarist, wants to know: what are the canonical rock and roll bass riffs? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 3, 2012 - 50 answers

They call me Ol' Dainty Fingers Jefferson

What's a good bass for a person who plays a short-scale guitar? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 1, 2012 - 13 answers

What are other songs like Orion?

What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Beginner bass guitar tips please

Beginner bass guitar tips please [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Dec 1, 2011 - 7 answers

My music-loving kids need more help than I can give.

My 13 year old wants a bass guitar for Christmas. People who have some idea about musical instruments, please tell me what I should be looking for in a beginner bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Nov 20, 2011 - 41 answers

Can I use a bass with a guitar amp?

Is it true that I can't use a bass with a guitar amp? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by wayland on Jun 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Ohm my god

The bass player in my band has this combo amp. It has 2 internal speakers, and an external speaker jack rated for a minimum impedance of 4 ohms. If he wants to hook up an additional cabinet, what does the impedance of the extra cab need to be? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Mar 13, 2011 - 2 answers

There are more than three chords!?!

Looking for songs that are not too difficult to play and feature a guitar, bass and female vocalist. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Dec 9, 2010 - 22 answers

You're 8 and want to play loud music. Your instrument (of destruction) is...

My son (8) wants to be Les Claypool. While I can't fault his source of inspiration, I'm not sure starting on the bass is the right way to go--and if it isn't, where do we start? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl on Nov 23, 2010 - 59 answers

Is the Big Volume and Tone Knob lobby behind the lack of wiring straight pickup-to-jack diagrams?

How can I wire a bass so that the volume and tone knobs are bypassed? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Which used bass?

Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Sep 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Bassist seeks bass for serious, long-term relationship

What kind of bass guitar am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Sep 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Guitar Hero Kick Pedal Dead

My Guitar Hero drum's kick pedal is dead. I looked online but there are a lot of options and mixed reviews for most of what I found. What's the best mix of frugality and "not going to die on me"-ality that I can find? I'm not opposed to buying an entire new set if that makes more sense.
posted by theichibun on Aug 28, 2010 - 4 answers

How to make my electric guitar sound more electronic.

Help me make my electric guitar sound electronic. (Please dissect these Daft Punk and Justice songs with me.) [more inside]
posted by jalexc on May 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Who rocks out on the bass?

Beginner bass player looking for musicians to aspire to and music to be inspired by. Name me your favorite songs with a wicked bass solo, and bands driven by a heavy melodic bass line. I'm especially interested to hear about female singers accompanied by only her bass as well. Thank you!
posted by angermanagement on Feb 22, 2010 - 74 answers

Vaccora 5 String Bass woes.

MusicianFilter: I accidentally broke the headstock off my neighbors Vacarro 5 string bass (Don't ask...lets just say it was a late night session). I’m looking to replace the neck, but cannot find anyone who can get a 5 string Vacarro neck. Anyone have any suggestions? I’m in the NY metro area.
posted by hbon23 on Jan 14, 2010 - 2 answers

I just wanna slappa da bass while people in clown costumes swing around me.

I play bass guitar. I'm not bad at it. In fact, I'm quite good. How do I get auditions to start playing for touring musicals and the like? (and do I stand a chance?) [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Nov 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Live bass guitar looping - how DID he do it?

A little while back I heard a bass guitar player with some kind of amazing live looping set-up - what on earth was it? I keep wondering what he was doing. All I could see was that he was grabbing (sampling) things he was playing, as he was playing them (ie while he was continuing to play), using foot pedals of some sort, and then incorporating those loops into the rest of the track. Amazing. But how?
posted by monster max on Oct 18, 2009 - 20 answers

Bass Amplification by Simulated Emission of Reverberation

What exactly is the difference between a guitar and bass amp? If I were to get the latter, could I plug in the former instrument and still get similar bitchin' sounds out of my rig? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Jun 29, 2009 - 15 answers

Wanted, bass player dead or alive

Hi mefites: Possibly the whitest man in the world here currently building a bonfire out of all his Fender basses and tossing his standup on top. Anyone know who played bass on Honey Cone's "Want Ads?". I'm guessing James Jamerson, who probably walked in and did it in one take and yawned and said anything else? Sort of a throwaway tune I guess, but Jebus....guys just walk into a a studio and do that? Sorry for the earworm, but I just want to shake the guy's hand so I can count his damned fingers.
posted by timsteil on May 2, 2009 - 4 answers

Pre mid-life crisis?

I've never played any instruments in my life and at the age of 29 I'm interested in learning the electric bass guitar. Will I be able to do this? Or do you have to have been playing an instrument since you were a child? Erm, that's it. Oh, any similar experiences or useful resources would be good to hear about. Ta.
posted by mooreeasyvibe on Apr 4, 2009 - 32 answers

How high and or low can you go?

Help me set up my bass rig. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Mar 10, 2009 - 20 answers

How can I make my guitar sound like an organ?

How can I make my guitar sound like an electric organ? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Sep 8, 2008 - 11 answers

How Low Can You Go ?

What are some examples of high quality yet dirt cheap guitar brands/models (ex. Rondo)? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on May 12, 2008 - 20 answers

Which of these bass guitars might I most enjoy learning on?

BassGuitarFilter: Anyone used a Yamaha RBX374, Squier Standard Jazz Bass or Ibanez GSR 200? What you think of them? [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Jan 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Strings for a cello tuned BEAD

Recommend strings for a cello tuned BEAD (low to high). [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Sep 21, 2007 - 9 answers

'Wow' sound on bass - what's it called?

What's it called when a bass guitarist goes all the way up, then down, then up the fret on one string? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on May 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Learning the bass guitar

Recommend a good DVD for learning the bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by triolus on Aug 8, 2006 - 1 answer

bass guitar string gauge

Bass guitar string gauge determination [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by apathy0o0 on Apr 2, 2004 - 5 answers

Identify this musical instrument

In the video for invisible Sun, from "Reggatta Mondatta", there was something that looked like a fretless, stringless, bodyless (a la Steinberg) bass. It had a very electronic sound, and was played by tapping, apparently. I don't think it was a stick, as it didn't seem to have strings, but I might be wrong. Does such a beast exist?
posted by signal on Feb 24, 2004 - 7 answers

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