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Bass Buying Guide

Bassists bridge the gap between harmony and rhythm. They have the power to shake the floor and get people grooving. Since there are as many types of basses as there are types of players, this guide is here to show you all the different styles of bass zZounds has to offer, and help you find the right one for your style.
4-String Electrics
Whether you're brand-new to the instrument or an old pro, you can't go wrong with a 4-string bass. The phrase "4-string" itself is synonymous with the bass guitar. Starting with Leo Fender's first game-changing Precision Bass in 1951, 4-strings have remained the standard. From the E string to the G string, you will find everything you need to build the foundation of the music you're playing. Here are a few of our favorite 4-string electric basses in a range of prices.
  Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Bass
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  Rickenbacker 4003 Electric Bass (with Case)
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5-String Electrics
The 5-string bass continues to grow in popularity, and is now a must-have in the arsenal of many modern bassists. The extended range of 5-strings is heard more and more in today's music. Gigging bass players often find themselves thrown into diverse musical situations at a moment's notice. This means hitting deep in the range of the instrument, and bringing out those extended low tones to cover a wide range of genres. From hip-hop to metal, push the low end with that "B" string, and be prepared to lay down whatever the track needs. Here you'll find our picks for 5-string basses.
  Fender Deluxe Dimension V 5-String Electric Bass, with Rosewood ...
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  Gibson 2014 EB5 Electric Bass, 5-String (with Case)
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  Ken Smith Design Burner Standard 5-String Electric Bass
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Fretless
When playing melodic bass lines, nothing beats the feeling of a fretless bass. Its growl is unique, and depending on your style of playing, it can go from a delicate purr to a ferocious roar. On a fretless, you can fine-tune specific notes to ring out even sweeter -- and do all sorts of unique fills, slides and embellishments that would be impossible on a fretted instrument.
  ESP LTD B204 Fretless Electric Bass
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  Ibanez SR370F Fretless Electric Bass
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Hollowbody
Hollow-bodied and semi-hollow basses deliver an open sound with rich resonance and a large dynamic footprint. Although hollowbodies are often associated with the jazz and country worlds, when played with a pick and palm-muted, they deliver a classic rock sound that forms the foundation of countless tracks.
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Acoustic-Electric
There is no substitute for the natural, full-bodied sound of strings vibrating against an acoustic instrument. Acoustic-electric basses offer a warm, earthy tone that can't be found anywhere else. When unplugged, they're perfect for practicing around the house, or for performing at a small venue. When amplified, acoustic-electric basses can fill large spaces with a natural tone, while keeping your flourishes from being lost in the mix. Most acoustic-electric basses have onboard preamps with EQ controls that allow you to shape the instrument's high, low, and midrange response for plugged-in gigs.
  Breedlove Solo Acoustic-Electric Bass
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Electric Uprights
It all started with the upright bass -- and there are still times when the music needs that full, round thump you can only get with a raised neck and bridge. However, it's extremely difficult to get an acoustic upright to sound good at modern stage volumes -- and they're notoriously unwieldy to boot. Luckily, you can get the best of both worlds with an electric upright. You can amplify these uprights without fear of feedback. And with their smaller "skeleton body" style, you won't need to hold a giant instrument to hold down a giant groove.
  NS Design NXT5 5-String Upright Electric Double Bass (with Gig ...
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