• New listingIbanez GSR205BF Fretless Bass

    Neck type GSR5 Maple neck Body Mahogany Fretboard Rosewood B15 bridge Pickups Dynamix H pickups (Passive) Equalizer Phat II EQ 1x Tone and 2x Volume A clean and tidy bass with no dents or scratches and in full working order. The bass sounds great with plenty of growl. Packed with low end punch thanks to the Phat 2 equalisation (bass boost). The finger board has markings to guide you where the notes should be played. Overall a lovely bass with lots of output.
    Collection in personBrand: Ibanez
  • Fender Jazz Bass MIM Sunburst. Lovely upgrade to vintage spec.

    9 bids
    £7.32 postage
    Ending 24 Nov at 5:35PM GMT5d 8hBrand: Fender
  • Electro Acoustic Bass Guitar by Gear4music

    The Electro Acoustic Bass Guitar by Gear4music is the perfect instrument for any bassist looking for an attractive acoustic bass guitar. With a spruce top sapele body and rosewood fingerboard and bridge; the AB-100NTs resonant body produces a quality bass tone perfect for practise and unplugged gigs.
    Top Rated Plus
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    21 sold
    Brand: Gear4music
  • Fretless Electric Guitar (Chapman Guitars), wood finish

    Maybe you could become the go to person in your neighborhood for all those fretless guitar sessions everybody's always talking about. As stated, it isFRETLESS and therefore impossible for me to play.
    14 bidsEnding Today at 11:53PM GMT14h 52mCollection in person
  • Fender Offset Mustang PJ Bass Olympic White 

    Olympic White. Great bass and in tip top condition,collection only collection only. I can provide a lightweight 'gig bag' for free just as extra protection for the bass.
    1 bidEnding 24 Nov at 7:57AM GMT4d 22hCollection in personBrand: Fender
  • New listingWestone Thunder I - A Base Guitar Left Handed. Good Working Order.

    He said it was in perfect working order. Very solid guitar, 2 small chips at top. See photos.
    Collection in personBrand: Westone
  • Bass Guitar Fretboard Note Labels Fret Stickers + Online Lessons & Learning Aids

    Easy to Fit in 10 Minutes - Learn The Fretboard Fast!
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    Est. delivery dateEst. delivery Tue, Nov 21
    1,889 sold
  • Fender Precision Bass American Vintage Reissue '63

    Hi everyone! It has appeared after many helpful comments and further research that this bass was made in the Fullerton factory in 1983. Bass in very good condition, comes with original case ( which has seen some wear).
    5 bidsEnding 24 Nov at 3:27PM GMT5d 6hCollection in personBrand: Fender
  • Warwick 4 String Roller Bass Bridge

    Warwick 4 String Roller Bass Bridge Finished in Gold High mass Schaller design Roller saddles that adjust for height, intonation and string spacing. Grooves in the baseplate prevent lateral movement for more stable tuning. Complete with matching 3mm spacer for raising the baseplate height if needed. Fixing screws included. Photo shows slight discolouration of the E string saddle, but it doesn't affect the functionality in any way. Tuning machines in the background are not included in this sale but are being sold separately. This item is for UK sale only Any questions, please ask?
    2 bids
    £4.00 postage
    Ending 21 Nov at 9:47PM GMT2d 12hBrand: Warwick
  • New listingYAMAHA BB414X Electric bass guitar sound Tone Excellent Condition

    In excellent condition and lovely sound. Never gigged or play out of the house. Comes with Soft case.
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    or Best Offer
    Brand: Yamaha
  • New listingVintage Japanese Kay SG bass guitar short scale red EB-0 MIJ teisco 60s 1965

    Likely made in Japan although I can't positively confirm due to lack of markings. This bass has a really great 60s sound. Woody and punchy, perfect for garage and psych. The short scale and slim neck make this a real joy to play.
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    Brand: Kay
  • New listingBass Guitar

    Squire P-Bass and BB Blaster 10w Amp with stand , 2.5mtr lead and Guitarman tuner . I bought this for my daughter to learn on, but as with a lot of things she hardly used it before moving on to other things . I had new strings fitted and the guitar checked over by Absolute Music when I got it approx 2 years ago and it has only been used about 3 hours since . This guitar is still in great condition but has been sat collecting dust, so it's time to sell. Any questions, I will do my best to answer.
    4 bidsEnding 25 Nov at 2:49PM GMT6d 5hCollection in personBrand: Squier
  • HOHNER Professional B2 Headless Electric Bass

    4 bidsEnding 23 Nov at 6:37PM GMT4d 9hCollection in person
  • Fender Precision Bass Guitar in Arctic White - Early 70's Vintage Style

    The Gotoh in my view gives it a nice tone and is every bit as good as a badass bridge. The bass plays just as a true P bass should and it comes finished in Arctic white. The pickguard really sets it off beautifully.
    0 bidsEnding 22 Nov at 8:54PM GMT3d 11hCollection in personBrand: Fender
  • New listingbass guitar - ricky copy

    It has mono/stereo passive outputs and is a delight to play at any position. It has served the present owner for 15 years – now replaced by 5-string model. (Stand not included).
    6 bidsEnding 28 Nov at 12:12PM GMT9d 3hCollection in person
  • Warwick Corvette Active Short Scale Bass Guitar, in rare Black hardware 

    Warwick Corvette bass withrare black hardware and Natural Satin finish. - It is in excellent condition, hardly used.
    21 bidsEnding Today at 4:39PM GMT7h 38mCollection in personBrand: Warwick
  • Matt Black Ibanez BTB 200 4 String Bass And Rockburn 15w Practice Amp

    Selling my trusted Ibanez Bass Guitar in Matt Black. Used for some Gigs and occasional practice this is a great Bass for aspiring players and experienced hands alike. There are a few light wear marks on the guitar but nothing the hampers the sound or the way it plays. Could use a re-string before playing. As part of the deal I am including my Rockburn 15w practice Amp ( excluding cables ) . Any questions please do ask.
    25 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending Today at 3:10PM GMT6h 8mBrand: Ibanez
  • Cort GB75 5 String Bass With Aguilar Pickups & Hard Case

    Comes with matching Levy’s extra wide strap and TGI hard Case. Cort five string, lovely worn look to the natural Ash body • Bass/Mid/Treble - Active Preamp controls (tap switch is inactive since pickup upgrade).
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    £10.00 postage
    Brand: Cort
    or Best Offer
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  • Fender Blacktop Precision Bass

    Body Shape: Precision Bass. Bridge Pickup: Blacktop Bass Humbucking Pickup (Bridge). Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane Finish. Neck Pickup: Blacktop Bass Humbucking Pickup (Neck). Mint condition and unmarked.
    0 bidsEnding Today at 6:58PM GMT9h 56mCollection in personBrand: Fender

    0 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending Today at 10:58AM GMT1h 56mBrand: AXL
  • Adagio Flatwound Electric Bass Strings Set Gauge 45-100 ✯✯✯✯✯ RRP £29.99

    Adagio Pro FlatWound Electric Bass Guitar String Set (RRP £29.99). 4 Flatwound Individually Sealed Strings For Full Long Scale Electric Bass : 045, 065, 080, 100. "Dear Sir or Madam, I have to say that after buying a set of Adagio acoustic strings that I am a fan for these strings and will use them again.
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    Brand: Adagio
    78 sold
  • Tokai 1984 Jazz Sound Bass 

    Tokai Jazz Sound TJB- 45 Bass from 1984. Comes complete with it's original Tokai padded gig bag.
    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Today at 12:26PM GMT3h 25mBrand: Tokai
  • Yamaha BB414X 4-String Bass Guitar - Fast Delivery.

    Guitar comes unboxed and without and leads or straps. Guitar has been fully tested and it's in full working condition. there are some small scuffs/dents on the guitar you can see them in the pictures.
    Est. delivery dateEst. delivery Tue, Nov 21
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Yamaha
    21 watching
  • Squier Precision Bass

    Squier "Affinity" Precision Bass New Rotosound Strings Refinished in Seafoam Green Slight crackle on jack (easy fix) Thumb rest has been removed but will supply with sale (second hole not drilled for thumb rest). String height is a bit high, I'm ok with it but would benefit from a set up. Payment within 24hrs of listing ending. No oversea buyers. UK mainland only.
    Collection in person
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Squier
  • B.C.Rich Mockingbird Heritage Classic Bass. Immaculate.

    B.C. RICH. The Bass is in near Immaculate condition and in my opinion its as close to new as you will find. It's a Neck Thru model and comes with the correct BC RICH matching Hard case which is also pristine.
    0 bids
    £25.00 postage
    Ending 24 Nov at 8:01PM GMT5d 10hBrand: B.C. Rich
  • peavey bass guitar-String Bass

    Beautiful looking guitar in quilted red.
    Collection in person
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Peavey
    18 watching
  • New listingYamaha BBN5-II 5 String Bass with Hard Case

    Great condition 5 sting electric bass guitar with hard case. No bodywork defects on bass, 1 broken latch on case. Bass is strung with low B string and plays very well.
    1 bidEnding 25 Nov at 3:05PM GMT6d 6hCollection in personBrand: Yamaha
  • Spector Performer 4 Bass Guitar

    Spector Performer Bass Guitar in excellent condition complete with Gator case. Pick up and payment in cash, Aberdeen.
    2 bidsEnding 26 Nov at 9:09PM GMT7d 12hCollection in personBrand: Spector
  • Fender Standard Jazz Bass MIM black with hard case

    Beautiful black and tortoise shell Fender Jazz bass. There are some cosmetic signs of wear that you can see in the photo. The paint job has cracks in the typical places on poly-finished fenders: A large chip by the bottom strap pin, a line around the neck pocket, a circular indent around one of the pickguard screws.
    67 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Today at 7:00PM GMT9h 58mBrand: Fender
  • Fender Squier Standard P Bass Special Body - Fully Loaded

    Fender Squier Standard P Bass Special body in antique sunburst finish with tortoise shell pickguard - fully loaded. In excellent condition, dating from 2006. Not sure what the wood is but it's the lightest P body I've owned.
    Brand: Fender
    £9.50 postage
    10 watching
  • Ibanez Fretless Bass Guitar GSR200BF in Walnut Flat

    For sale – my Ibanez Fretless Bass Guitar model GSR200BF in Walnut Flat in unused as new working condition from a smoke-free home – was an unwanted gift. • Fret: Fretless. Collection only, as we don’t have a suitable box.
    11 bidsEnding 20 Nov at 2:39PM GMT1d 5hCollection in personBrand: Ibanez
  • Fender American Standard Precision Electric Bass Guitar

    Fender American Standard Precision Bass - Rosewood - In 3 Tone Sunburst Including - SKG Hard Case and Strap Locks The Bass is in great condition because unfortunately hasn’t been used that much since purchased due to band break up. Feel free to message with any questions. Cheers Harry
    1 bidEnding 23 Nov at 10:56AM GMT4d 1hCollection in personBrand: Fender
  • Ibanez BTB 5 String Bass + Hard Travel Case

    It plays well and sounds fantastic with its active electronics. The bass comes with a solid hard plastic/metal travel case to keep it safe. I no longer get the time to play, so it's time I pass this bass onto to someone that will.
    31 bids
    £30.00 postage
    Ending 22 Nov at 7:48PM GMT3d 10hBrand: Ibanez
  • semi acoustic bass 4 string old eastern european

    All in working order, Believed to be of Chec origine.
    12 bids
    £10.00 postage
    Ending Today at 2:32PM GMT5h 30m
  • Fender Squire Precision Bass Guitar and Amp Package

    Everything is in a new condition due to only being played a handful of times, not a mark or scratch anywhere! Everything also comes boxed (boxed may be a little marked due to storage) so would make the perfect Xmas gift.
    17 bidsEnding 23 Nov at 9:28PM GMT4d 12hCollection in personBrand: Fender
  • Fender aerodyne Jazz Bass. Cool bass

    Lovely light aerodyne bass made in Japan. Unusual and great to play. Comes with case!
    20 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 7:13PM GMT1d 10hBrand: Fender
  • Epiphone Bass Guitar and Vox Amp

    The Epiphone EB-0SG Style bass guitar has a short-scaleand narrow neckmaking it very easy to play. But more than that it's also an entry-level reissue of an absolute classic. Back in the '60s the original Gibson EB-0s and EB-3s were renowned for their unique tones.
    5 bidsEnding 25 Nov at 8:25PM GMT6d 11hCollection in personBrand: Epiphone
  • Fender Squier Cream P-Bass Affinity Series Precision Bass Guitar Squire -Damaged

    Great Bass Guitar. Good Bass Guitar. Cream Body. Single Pickup with Tone & Volume Pots. Open Machine Heads. Measures : 117cm Long, Scale Length 87cm, Action approx 4-5mm at 12th fret.
    6 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending 24 Nov at 5:24PM GMT5d 8hClick & CollectBrand: Squier
  • squire P bass (made in korea)

    Selling squire P bass, recently had new machine heads and strings also throwing in fender nickel strings too was previously black body but have stickered up but feel this gives it a one of a kind look plays lovely just dont gig or anything anymore so dont need any questions please ask
    Collection in person
  • Precision Bass Body, Scratchplates, Bridge and Neck plate - £1 no reserve

    70s Japanese Precision Bass style body plus bridge, Scratchplates, neck plate and assorted screws. 62mm neck pocket.
    5 bids
    £8.00 postage
    Ending 21 Nov at 10:53AM GMT2d 1h
  • signature guitar

    Collection only . Will post at extra cost. Can collect from Alton or frimley green.
    0 bidsEnding 22 Nov at 8:50AM GMT2d 23hCollection in person
  • New listingWesley Bass Guitar, Blue, with Amplifier

    Wesley Bass Guitar & freedom GX-15 Amplifier
    1 bidEnding 25 Nov at 1:09PM GMT6d 4hCollection in personBrand: Wesley
  • Washburn Bass Guitar xb200 with stand

    Washburn xb200 bass guitar used by my son who has now left home.
    2 bidsEnding Today at 3:41PM GMT6h 40mCollection in personBrand: Washburn
  • Italia Fiorano Cream Hollow Body Guitar.

    Italia Fiorano cream, hollow body guitar with P90 pick ups. Pick ups are Trev Wilkinson P90 dodgers, chrome hardware and tune o matic bridge are also Tev Wilkinson. Guitar will be bubble wrapped and boxed and delivered using Parcelforce 48 hour service. Any questions please contact me.
    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Today at 12:15PM GMT3h 13mClick & CollectBrand: Italia
  • Yamaha Bass Guitar | Model BB614 | Hard case included

    Partner B: It'd have to be great value for money, solidly made and in immaculate condition - you know, owned by someone who'd really taken care of it and never gigged it. A Yamaha BB bass, like the hugely admired 614, would tick all the boxes but you don't see them that often.
    2 bidsEnding 22 Nov at 6:17PM GMT3d 9hCollection in personBrand: Yamaha
  • Ibanez EDB500 Bass Guitar - Deep Red - Very Good Condition

    Really nice to play, low action. Full working order. It's been a great back up bass, played in practice sessions and one gig. Not needed any more.
    6 bidsEnding 21 Nov at 7:16PM GMT2d 10hCollection in personBrand: Ibanez

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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.


  • 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


  • 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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