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Bass guitar

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The bass guitar, electric bass or simply bass (/bs/) is the lowest-pitched member of the guitar family. It is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or acoustic guitar, but with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses. Since the mid-1950s, the bass guitar has largely replaced the double bass in popular music.

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Bass guitar
String instrument
Other namesBass guitar, electric bass, bass
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification321.322
(Composite chordophone)
Inventor(s)Paul Tutmarc
Playing range
Range of a standard tuned 4-string bass guitar (brackets: 5-string)
Related instruments

The four-string bass guitar is usually tuned the same as the double bass, which corresponds to pitches one octave lower than the four lowest-pitched strings of a guitar (typically E, A, D, and G). It is played primarily with the fingers or thumb, or with a pick. To be heard at normal performance volumes, electric bass guitars require external amplification.