The height of the strings above the frets or fretboard.
Active Bass
Bass with buid-in pre-amp powered by 1 or 2 9-Volt batteries. The pre-amp allows you to cut and/or boost frequencies. Remember to unplug your cable after playing!
Bolt-on neck
A method of guitar (or similar stringed instrument) construction that involves joining a guitar neck and body using screws. More...
The part of the bass where the strings are attached to the body.
A cutaway is an indentation in the body of the instrument adjacent to the neck of the instrument, designed to allow easier access to the upper frets. With a double-Cutaway there\'s an indentation in the top and bottom of the body. More...
System to re-tune your strings. Mostly to tune the E-string to D.
See Dots
Fret/position markers on the fingerboard and or neck.
See FretBoard
Strings that have either a round or a hex core. However, the winding wire has a rounded square cross-section that has a shallower profile (in cross-section) when tightly wound. More...
A part of most stringed instruments. It is a thin, long strip of material, usually wood, that is laminated to the front of the neck of an instrument and above which the strings run. More...
Fretless bass
Fretless basses don't have frets. They have a distinct sound, because the absence of frets means that the string must be pressed down directly onto the wood of the fingerboard. Fretless basses have a more "singing" sound characteristic. Some fretless basses have "fret line" markers inlaid in the fingerboard as a guide, while others only use guide marks on the side of the neck.
A tone you get when placing your finger on the string in certain places, without pushing the string down against the fretboard, when striking a string. e.g. on the 12th fret you'll get the octave of the open string. More...
Pickup with 2 coils More...
Position markers or decoration in the fretboard (or body). More...
The pitch accuracy of a musical instrument. The intonation can be adjusted by moving the bridge sadles forwards or backwards. Check out Gary Willis' manual on intonating a bass here. More...
The neck is the part that projects from the main body and is the base of the fingerboard, where the fingers are placed to stop the strings at different pitches. More...
Neck-through or neck-thru is a method of guitar construction that involves extending the piece of wood used for the neck through the entire length of the body. More...
The piezo pickup gives a very wide frequency range output compared to the magnetic types and can give large amplitude signals from the strings. They have a very different sound, and also have the advantage of not picking up any other magnetic fields, such as mains hum and feedback from monitoring loops. More...
The radius is the measure of the arc of the fingerboard across its width. More...
Semi-acoustic bass
A semi-acoustic bass is a type of bass guitar with both a sound box and one or more electric pickups.
Set Neck
See Set-in neck
Set-in neck
A method of guitar construction that involves joining guitar neck and body with a tightly fitted mortise-and-tenon or dovetail joint, secured using some sort of adhesive. More...
Single Coil
A type of magnetic transducer, or pickup with one coil. More...
The body only has an indention at the bottom. Also known as Single-Cutaway. See Cutaway.
Truss rod
A bass part used to stabilize and adjust the neck. More...