Anatomy of the modern electric bass guitar
Play the strings to hear the sound they make. The modern bass guitar has three main
parts joined together.
- The Body
- The Head Stock
- The Neck
We have added a few brief descriptions to help you understand your instrument’s
The anatomy of the modern electric bass guitar
An EZ-AG guitar is shown below for comparison. It is MIDI enabled to allow you to
record your performances into Xtractor. Set the EZ-AG to Sounds 10–17 for
10. Acoustic Bass
11. Finger Bass
12. Pick Bass
13. Fretless Bass
14. Slap Bass
15. Synth Bass
16. Hi-Q Bass
17. Dance Bass
The machine heads can be tightened and loosened to tune the guitar strings. Tightening
them sharpens the sound and loosening flattens the sound.
Each fret creates a different note. The nearer the fret to the body, the higher
The pick-ups ‘pick up’ the sound of the strings and act like a microphone
sending the sound down the cable from the jack input to an amplifier.
The strings are connected from the bridge of the bass to the machine heads. The
height of the bridge can be adjusted to make the strings lower or higher on the
bass neck. This allows tha bassist to adjust the sound and feel of the bass.
Separates and gives height to the strings at the top of the fretboard.
Volume and tone controls
You control the volume of your bass on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being loudest. The
tone is controlled in the same way with 10 being the brightest.
One end of the bass guitar lead is plugged in here. The sound comes though the jack
into the lead from the pickups. The other end of the lead connects the amplifier.
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