bass buying guide : parts of the bass guitar
Virtually every part of the bass guitar affects the way it sounds. In this section I will explain all the common options and features related to each part of the bass guitar. Then you will know what they are talking about when you read a bass guitar’s description online, or when you talk to Chuck, the guitar dude, at your local music store.
Bass Guitar Woods and Materials
Bass Guitar Neck
- The Bass Neck -- Neck Pieces -- Neck-Thru and Bolt-On
- Truss Rod -- Nut -- Neck Shape -- Other Neck Terminology
Fingerboard / Fretboard
Bass Guitar Hardware
Bass Guitar Electronics
- Electronics -- What Are Pickups?
- The Difference Between Active and Passive Pickups
- Types of Bass Guitar Pickups - Single-Coil, Double-Coil, Split-Coil, etc.
- Pickup Placement -- The Number of Pickups
- Knobs - Volume and Tone Knobs
Bass Guitar Strings
Bass Guitar Cases