The bass guitar (an aa cried electric bass, or simply bass; //) is a stringed instrument played primarily wi the fingers or thumb, bi pluckin, slapping, poppin, tappin, thumpin, or pickin wi a plectrum, eften kent as a pick.
|Ither names||Bass, electric bass guitar, electric bass|
|Classification||String instrument (fingered or picked; rarely strummed)|
|Inventor(s)||Paul Tutmarc, Leo Fender|
(a staundart tuned 4-string bass guitar)
- According to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, an "Electric bass guitar [bass guitar] [is] a Guitar, usually with four heavy strings tuned E1'-A1'-D2-G2." The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001)
- The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians defines the term bass thus: "Bass (iv). A contraction of Double bass or Electric bass guitar." Ibid.
- The proper term is "electric bass", and it is often misnamed "bass guitar", according to Tom Wheeler, The Guitar Book, pp 101–2. Guitars by Evans and Evans, page 342, agrees.
- Although "electric bass" is one of the common names for the instrument, "bass guitar" or "electric bass guitar" are commonly used and some authors claim that they are historically accurate (e.g., "How The Fender Bass Changed The World" in the references section).