• Ernie Ball Slinky Earthwood Electric Acoustic Classical Bass Guitar Strings WOW

    £4.79 to £24.99
    Top Rated Plus
    £15.59 postage
    Brand: Ernie BallModel: P03721Type: Electric
  • New listing1965 Silvertone U1 Bass Black w/OHSC!

    Pots date to 1965. Pro setup in-house and plays great! 1965 Silvertone U1 Bass. Model: U1 Bass. Year: 1965. Case: Original hardshell case. Finish: Black.
    £831.91
    From United States
    £52.99 postage
    Brand: Silvertone
    or Best Offer
  • Flying V Bass Refurbished And Refinished

    Up for sale is a refurbished and refinished Wesley Nimrod flying V bass. The neck is pretty slim and is 42mm at the nut. It's a flying V, so neck dive is a thing but you knew that! Neck has been adjusted and the action is 3mm at the 17th fret and the neck relief is 0.35mm at the 8th fret.
    £90.00
    9 bids
    £48.66 postage
    Ending 22 Oct at 11:40AM BST4d 13hBrand: WesleyType: Electric BassSize: 4/4Customs services and international tracking provided
  • 2017 USA Fender Artist Jaco Pastorius FRETLESS Jazz J Bass w/CASE Unplayed!

    Your bass will be exactly as described, but may not be the exact one in the photo. -We are declaration friendly so be sure to ask if you have any declaration concerns.
    £1,211.15
    From United States
    £37.84 postage
    Brand: FenderType: ElectricStyle: Jazz Bass
  •  Warwick Corvette Standard Active 4 String Bass MEC PICKUPS FREE S/H W/ CASE

    1yr Warranty U.S.A 100% We Ship Same Day Priority Mail
    £378.49
    Est. delivery dateEst. delivery Sat, Oct 20
    FAST & FREE
    From United StatesBrand: WarwickType: Electric BassFeatures: With Pickup
  • Fender Custom Shop Classic Jazz Bass SunBurst 18V Active Block Inlays

    3-color Sunburst Finish. This bass is in excellent condition with light play wear. The back, sides and neck are clean and glossy with just a few light marks. Scroll down to see 42 HIGH DEFINITION images of this bass guitar!
    £1,510.16
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: FenderStyle: Jazz BassSize: 1/8
  • Late 70s Jazz Bass Guitar MIJ

    Rare late 70s Fresher Electric Bass Made in Japan by Matsumoko Guitars Model FJ331 Ash body Maple neck with black block inlays High output original pickups Looks great and plays like you would expect from a 70s jazz bass with lots of growl No scratchplate but i think it lools better without Could do with a new nut but doesnt affect the playing Electrics are a bit crackly as you would expect from being 40 years old so could do with a bit of attention Quality instrument Prefer collection but will post if required
    £225.00
    0 bids
    £55.47 postage
    Ending Sunday at 8:14PM BST3d 22h
    or Best Offer
    Style: Jazz BassSize: 4/4Customs services and international tracking provided
  • PRECISION BASS STYLE BODY

    PRECISION STYLE BASS GUITAR BODY - FULLY LOADED. LIGHT USAGE MARKS TO THE BACK AND SIDES TO NOTHING MAJOR.
    £6.50
    4 bids
    £39.54 postage
    Ending Sunday at 12:54PM BST3d 15hType: Electric BassFeatures: With PickupSize: 4/4Customs services and international tracking provided
  • FENDER AMERICAN DELUXE JAZZ BASS

    Inc Fender SKB hard case & key. Only defects are thumb print size ding on bottom edge as seen in photo's. Natural finish. S/no US13139124.
    £719.00
    22 bids
    £60.60 postage
    Ending Sunday at 7:09PM BST3d 21hBrand: FenderType: Electric BassStyle: Jazz BassCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1975 Fender Jazz Bass Black

    Worldwide Shipping - Lots Of HD Photos
    £2,270.16
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: Fender
    14 watching
    Style: Jazz Bass
  • Rick Turner 5 string Renaissance RB5-FL Fretless Bass w/ bag Alembic founder

    This is an early model 1999 RB-5 FL Std. Plays and sounds wonderful. Nothing bad at all. The truss rod works perfect. The fretboard is perfectly clean. Everything electronic wise works 100% as it should.
    £756.22
    3 bids
    Free postage
    Ending Saturday at 3:32AM BST2d 5hFrom United States
  • 2018 USA Fender American Elite Jazz J Bass Black w/CASE Ships Worldwide Unplayed

    Your bass will be exactly as described, but may not be the exact one in the photo. -We are declaration friendly so be sure to ask if you have any declaration concerns.
    £1,286.85
    From United States
    £37.84 postage
    Brand: FenderType: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • 2017 USA Fender American Elite Jazz J Bass V 5 STRING ASH w/CASE Unplayed!

    Your bass will be exactly as described, but may not be the exact one in the photo.
    £1,438.24
    From United States
    £37.84 postage
    Brand: FenderType: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • FENDER Modern Player Jazz Bass - 2012. Sunburst. Great Condition !

    Very Nice and low Action. Truss Rod 100% Works. Modern Player Jazz Bass. Neck in straight. Frets(20 Jumbo) in a Perfect shape. Great Condition ! Everything Original and Works perfect.
    £339.88
    From United States
    £22.71 postage
    Brand: Fender
    20 watching
    Type: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • Fender Jazz Bass

    Ash Fender Japan Jazz bass body - natural finish. For sale is this wicked Jazz that I pieced together from genuine Fender parts and at great expense. Features are Fender Jazz knobs. Everything on this bass is genuine Fender.
    £240.00
    37 bids
    £68.17 postage
    Ending Sunday at 10:12PM BST4dBrand: FenderType: Electric BassStyle: Jazz BassCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Ibanez Musician Fretless Bass

    Ibanez musician fretless bass and original case It’s an old bass made August - 1980 Fully working (toggle switch is a little sticky so may need a service). some minor fretboard wear from round wound strings but has had flat wound for the last 20 years Had a few knocks over the decades - tried to show in the photos! Buyers are welcome to come and view the bass and try it out. This is a very reluctant sale - so no offers thank you.
    £835.00
    0 bids
    £68.64 postage
    Ending Today at 11:29PM BST1h 45m
    or Best Offer
    Brand: IbanezCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 2016 USA Fender American Elite Jazz J Bass w/CASE Ships Worldwide Unplayed

    Your bass will be exactly as described, but may not be the exact one in the photo. -We are declaration friendly so be sure to ask if you have any declaration concerns.
    £1,286.85
    From United States
    £37.84 postage
    Brand: FenderType: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • Shuker 5 string custom fretless bass

    18mm string spacing (adjustable string spacing - Schaller 2000 bridge) and 48mm nut width. Two custom Wizzard humbuckers both coil tapped. Jon Shuker eq: vol, blend, bass, treble and a variable mid.
    £900.00
    0 bids
    £89.51 postage
    Ending 24 Oct at 1:00PM BST6d 15hType: Electric BassCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Hofner Fretless 5000/1 Deluxe 4 String Beatle Bass Birdseye Maple Ebony Board

    Here's a 2008 Hofner 5000/1 Deluxe Fretless 4 string bass guitar in a factory original Natural finish. It is 100% factory original with no mods. It is in near MINT condition. It might not be 100% dead mint - but it's about as close as you can get.
    £1,434.47
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: HöfnerSize: 5000/1
  • New listingKen Smith BT4G 4 String Neck Thru Bass with Alembic/Demeter Active Pickups

    Here's a Ken Smith BT4G 4 string bass. It has light playwear and is in very good condition. It has no repairs or breaks. It weighs 8.8 lbs on a digital scale. It's a very nice sounding and well cared for bass guitar.
    £1,661.56
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: Ken SmithFeatures: With Pickup
  • Cort Artisan Series A5PLUS 5-String Multi Scale Bass, Open Pore Trans Grey

    BODY Swamp Ash w/ Spalted Maple Top. BRIDGE Single Hardtail. SCALE 35.5 ~ 34" Fan Fret. HARDWARE Platinum. ELECTRONICS Bartolini MK-1.
    £718.41
    From United States
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Cort
    FAST & FREE
    Type: Electric Bass
    4 watching
  • New listing2017 Rickenbacker 4 String Lefty Left Handed Bass 4003 4001 Fireglo

    Here's a 2017 Rickenbacker 4003 4 string bass in a near MINT Fireglo finish. Scroll down for 44 High Def Images of this guitar! It doesn't have any funky odors.
    £1,283.07
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: RickenbackerModel: 4003
  • 2007 Tobias Basic 6 String Bass

    Worldwide Shipping - Lots of HD Photos
    £1,664.58
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: Tobias
    48 watching
  • 1999 Fender P Bass Made in Japan Precision Bass MIJ CIJ Olympic White

    You will not be dissapointed in this baby. Its all original and ready to rock. There is nothing sticky anywhere and overall the finish is in great shape as is the whole bass. The frets are in great shape and the neck is nice and straight.
    £510.96
    From United States
    £37.85 postage
    Brand: Fender
    or Best Offer
    Type: Electric Bass
  • 2016 USA Fender American Elite Jazz J Bass ASH w/CASE Ships Worldwide Unplayed!

    Your bass will be exactly as described, but may not be the exact one in the photo.
    £1,324.70
    From United States
    £37.84 postage
    Brand: Fender
    24 watching
    Type: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • 1975 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage USA original

    3 Tone Sunburst, heavy wear! On the weightier side but certainly makes up for it in tone. As far as I'm aware it's all original. One pickup has had a rewind, I replaced the pots but I have the old ones that were in it when I bought it.
    £2,700.31
    From Australia
    £135.02 postage
    Brand: Fender
    or Best Offer
    Style: Jazz Bass
    15 watching
  • Cort Artisan Series A5PLUS 5-String Multi Scale Bass, Open Pore Natural Finish

    BODY Swamp Ash w/ Spalted Maple Top. BRIDGE Single Hardtail. SCALE 35.5 ~ 34" Fan Fret. HARDWARE Platinum. ELECTRONICS Bartolini MK-1.
    £711.22
    From United States
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Cort
    FAST & FREE
    Type: Electric Bass
    Only 1 left.
  • 1979 Odyssey Fretless Bass Midnight Blue W/ Gig bag!

    Gold hardware, fretless neck, w/ gold hardwear. It does not appear structural. 1979 Odyssey Fretless Bass. Case: Gig Bag. Model: Odyssey Bass. Finish: Midnight Blue. Year: 1979. Modifications: None.
    £680.52
    From United States
    £52.99 postage
  • Wishnevesky Fretless Piccolo Bass

    This is a hand made fretless piccolo Bass by wishnevsky in America. He lets the wood he finds dictate the shape This is great fun and unique Ideal gift for the bass player who has everything with gig bag that almost fits it ! Any questions please ask Check out my other items
    £794.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £65.44 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listing1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Azureglo Blue +Original Case ~~CLEAN~ Vintage 1970's Bass

    ~~~~~~~GREAT Shape!~~~~~~~Plays SUPERB~~~~~~~
    £2,268.65
    From United States
    £73.43 postage
    Brand: Rickenbacker
    or Best Offer
    Type: Electric Bass
  • IBANEZ SDGR Soundgear SR-885 5-String Active Bass - 1996. Made in JAPAN.

    SDGR Soundgear Series. 5-String Active Bass. Very Nice and low Action. Truss Rod 100% Works. Neck is Straight. Frets in a Perfect shape. Made in Japan. But Nothing Major.
    £339.88
    From United States
    £22.71 postage
    Brand: IbanezType: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • Hagstrom H8II-BLK Retroscape H8 Reissue 8 String Electric Bass Wild Cherry

    A double cutaway mahogany body is bolted to a Canadian Maple neck supported with Hagstrom’s H-Expander truss-rod. The H8II features a short 30.75 in. (781mm) scale length with a dot-inlaid Resinator fingerboard.
    £566.97
    From United States
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Hagstrom
    FAST & FREE
    Type: Electric Bass
    Only 1 left.
    Features: With Pickup
  • Custom Relic Fender P Bass Copy

    This is a custom made P Bass style bass guitar, not sure of the age or history but it is a relic that has had a lot of careful detail to make it look like a 60’s candy apple red fender precision Bass with matching headstock. It even has a Fender logo on the headstock but I am not sure what the basses history is and can’t tell wether it’s real or not. The person i bought it from said it was a copy so I have to say that is what it is, however you are welcome to come and try it and see for yourself before buying. Thanks for looking I’m open for swaps, why, classical guitar or acoustic guitar. Please ask any questions or to arrange a viewing. 07951985207
    £600.00
    Brand: Unbranded
    £69.75 postage
    Type: Electric Bass
    or Best Offer
    Features: With PickupCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Music Man Reflex 4-String HSS Gloss White Stingray

    Here's a used Music Man Reflex HSS 4 string bass in a pretty clean and factory original gloss white finish. Scroll down to see 42 HIGH DEFINITION images of this bass guitar! On a scale of 1 to 10- it's a pretty solid 9.5 .
    £1,207.37
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: Music Man
  • GIBSON EB 0 BASS - made in USA

    Neck needs to be glued back at heel, cos it is slightly loose = check last pic.
    £998.00
    From Germany
    £60.00 postage
    Brand: Gibson
  • 2007 Fender Jazz Bass Made in Japan MIJ CIJ Three Tone Sunburst

    This is one really great bass at a great price. You will not be dissapointed in this baby. Its all original and ready to rock. It has a cool and very clean three tone sunburst finish and a solid rosewood fretboard.
    £529.12
    From United States
    £37.85 postage
    Brand: Fender
    or Best Offer
    Type: Electric BassStyle: Jazz Bass
  • FENDER MODERN PLAYER JAZZ BASS IN BLACK

    FENDER MODERN PLAYER JAZZ BASS IN BLACK. APART A SMALL DENT IN ONE SIDE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AND WORKING ORDER.
    £499.00
    Brand: Fender
    £43.99 postage
    Style: Jazz Bass
    or Best Offer
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • 1970s Commodore Semi Acoustic Bass - Made in Japan

    1970s made in Japan Commodore semi-acoustic bass guitar. Plays great, electrics all work as they should and excellent all round condition for its age, a few general signs of wear and tear but nothing too bad at all.
    £475.00
    Type: Acoustic Bass
    £115.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listingFender Custom Shop J PJ Bass Surf Seafoam Green #11 of 20 Limited Telecaster

    It's part of a Limited Run made for Guitar Center back in 1995 - #11 of 20 made. Scroll down to see 42 HIGH DEFINITION images of this bass guitar! This bass has light/average playwear and is in very good condition.
    £1,888.65
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: FenderModel: Telecaster Custom Shop
  • Sadowsky UV70 5 String Jazz Bass Guitar

    Sadowsky bridge with quick release. This bass plays and sounds great. 19mm string spacing.
    £1,967.37
    From United States
    £34.06 postage
    Brand: Sadowsky
    or Best Offer
    Style: Jazz Bass
  • Peavey T40 bass c.1980 - made in USA

    Peavey T40 bass. of great quality with all parts designed and made by Peavey. It is a fabulous bass showing very little wear at all and with beautiful graining especially. twenty frets. The massive bridge/tailpiece has large adjustable saddles and is stamped.
    £795.00
    Brand: Peavey
    £100.00 postage
    Type: Electric Bass
    22 watching
    Size: 4/4
  • 1987 GIBSON BASS IV - made in USA - THUNDERBIRD PICKUPS

    1987 GIBSON BASS IV - made in USA the truss rod nut is tightened to the max and neck is leaning slightly forward around the first 3 frets =. ebony fingerboard, frets are fine.
    £850.00
    From Germany
    £65.00 postage
    Brand: Gibson
  • 2011 Gibson Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass Gloss Black Nirvana

    Here's a 2011 GibsonKrist Novoselic Signature RD bass in a 100% factory original gloss black finish.
    £1,131.68
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: Gibson
  • 1973 Fender Jazz bass 

    By 1973, a maple fingerboard with block inlays was the standard for Jazz Basses. Fender also went on to replace the 4 bolt system with a 3 bolt system for neck joining. A very nice example of a 1973 Jazz bass.
    £1,578.00
    0 bids
    £87.60 postage
    Ending 22 Oct at 9:21PM BST4d 23h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: FenderStyle: Jazz BassSize: 4/4Customs services and international tracking provided
  • 1975 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made in USA

    1975 FENDER PRECISION BASS BODY - made & raped in the USA ash (heavy = good sustain) body refinished in white (spray can job).
    £499.00
    From Germany
    £60.00 postage
    Brand: FenderModel: Fender Precision Bass
  • 1974 FENDER JAZZ BASS BODY - made in USA

    1974 FENDER JAZZ BASS BODY - made & raped in the USA ash (heavy = good sustain) body refinished in banana yellow (spray can job).
    £425.00
    From Germany
    £60.00 postage
    Brand: FenderStyle: Jazz Bass
  • Music Man Stingray SLO Special 4 String Pearl White Bass Guitar 3EQ

    Here's a Music Man Stingray SLO Special 4 string bass guitar in a factory original white pearl finish. It is 100% factory original with no mods. It is in near MINT condition. Here's the factory details -- The Music Man StingRay Slo Special 4-String H Electric Bass is constructed with a select hardwood body, narrower select maple neck, tighter 1.5 in.
    £980.28
    From United States
    £45.42 postage
    Brand: Music Man
  • Lakland Skyline Deluxe 55-02 Electric Bass Guitar

    2010 Lakland 55-02 Skyline. Lakland LH3 active preamp.
    £775.90
    From United States
    £34.06 postage
    Brand: Lakland
    or Best Offer
    Type: Electric Bass
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Bass Guitars 

The bass guitar is a similar looking instrument to the guitar, but there are several characteristics that make it a completely different instrument.

The main differences are:

  • Standard bass guitars only have four strings, tuned one octave lower than the lowest four strings on a guitar
  • They have a longer scale length to accommodate for the lower tuning

The electric bass guitar has been common in popular music since the 1960s and is used in many different styles of music. You can hear the bass guitar on almost all pop, rock, country, blues, metal and funk releases since it became popular.

Typically the bass guitar acts as part of the rhythm section in most contexts. However in certain genres of music such as jazz fusion and Latin it often acts as a solo instrument.

Electric bass guitars are most popular. They are designed to be plugged into an amplifier to make them usable in live performance and recording scenarios.  Acoustic bass guitars are also available.

There are several different ways a bass can be played but three of the most common methods involve plucking or slapping the strings or picking the strings with a plectrum.

When purchasing a bass guitar there are a number of aspects you might want to consider. If you are a beginner then a lot of these things won’t matter much to you as long as you find your instrument comfortable to play.

Size

  • Bass guitars come in a number of sizes
  • Adult sized players will want a full size instrument but ¾ size models are more manageable for younger players

Pickups

  • Many different pickup configurations to choose from
  • Affects the tone of the bass guitar
  • Passive pickups have lower output and more dynamics but less tone shaping options
  • Active pickups have higher output, less dynamics, more tone shaping capabilities and require power from a 9V battery

Extended range

  • Extended range bass guitars are available
  • Most commonly have 5 or 6 strings
  • Increases the total available range of the instrument
  • Prevents the need for extreme drop tuning
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