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J-BASS, P-BASS, SG BASS AND 4003

If you're new to the instrument, these terms may seem a bit confusing, but this is how many refer to the four most iconic bass guitars: the Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Gibson SG Bass and Rickenbacker 4003.

Out of those, the Precision Bass is the most traditional. In fact, it's the first electric bass guitar ever made! Created by Leo Fender in 1951, the P-Bass was revolutionary, and thanks to its deep, warm tone, it's still very popular today.

Gibson Bass Guitars have narrower necks than Fender-style basses, which some players prefer. The SG and Thunderbird models are particularly popular amongst heavy rock bands, too!

Finally, the Rickenbacker 4003 bass guitars are some of the most expensive and desirable models. Used by legendary bands such as The Beatles, Sex Pistols, The Jam and Motorhead, these bass guitars have very comfortable necks and a great sound!

BEST BASS GUITAR BRANDS

Besides Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker, other popular brands include Music Man, Squier, Ibanez and Eastcoast. These all make some great, affordable basses perfect for beginners, providing some of the best value-for-money.

Bass Guitar FAQs

  • How many strings are on a bass guitar?

    Bass guitars usually have 4-strings. Some extended range bass guitars may have 5, 6, 7 or more strings, however these are specialised instruments.
  • What is the best bass guitar for beginners?

    The best bass guitar for a beginner will be something easy-to-play, comfortable, and inspiring. Check out our Bass Guitar Buying Guide for more information.
  • What is a decent inexpensive bass guitar?

    Some of the best inexpensive bass guitars are made by Squier, who offer iconic silhouettes such as the Jazz and Precision models but at a lower price.
  • What is the point in 5 and 6 string bass guitars?

    5 and 6-string bass guitars are known as 'extended range' instruments and they are used to reach notes out of the scope of a traditional bass guitar. This can be useful in certain genres of music that require these notes to be played.