So you're in the market for a 6-string bass guitar. There are several factors to consider when shopping for an instrument such as this, so let's get into some details.
Sweetwater carries 6-string bass guitars in a wide variety of shapes.
The SR shaped 6-string bass guitars have stunning looks and easily prove that you don't need to sacrifice a bit of quality if you go for a value-packed instrument. This kind of bass guitar has a comfortable feel that's awesome for beginners.
Are you more into the unconventional looks? Bongo bass guitars will definitely make you stand out onstage. With clean lines and svelte, thrilling looks, these lightweight, resonant bass guitars command the attention you deserve.
Do you appreciate comfortably contoured bass bodies? You’ll love BTB 6-string bass guitars — their shape alone is enough to make you feel at home! These stunning beauties will instantly call your name and demand to be played. Besides being comfortable, they also excel in terms of style.
What about material? To achieve that full-bodied, warm sound, mahogany basses are heaven-sent. Ash and alder will provide an abundance of sustain and a rich, well-balanced, resonant tone. Looking for something other than mahogany, ash, or alder? Agathis offers a rich, nice tone you'll fall in love with. Basswood is also one of the best choices if you're into speedy or complex techniques. Maple is great for achieving a crisp, clear, well-defined, and bright tone.
6-string bass guitars often have either two or three pickups. Neck and middle pickups can be humbucker or single-coil, while bridge pickups can be humbucker, single-coil, or piezo. The nut width ranges from 1.625'' to 2.48'' and the scale length from 30'' to 35.5''.
6-strings can be fretless or 21, 22, 24, 26 frets. Fretted basses are standard and will probably help you find the correct notes a bit more easily if you're just starting off. If you prefer the more advanced team (or or a fan of upright basses), fretless bass guitars’ smooth, warm sound is ideal!
Having a tough time deciding? Sweetwater Sales Engineers will be happy to help you choose the 6-string bass guitar that is perfect for your needs! Give us a call! Learn More
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