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What Are The Parts Of The Fender Bass Guitar?
The Fender bass is a solid, competent product. It shares many design similarities with the Stratocaster and Squier, and the parts are representative of most basic four-string bass models. Listed below are the parts of a Fender bass guitar.
Fender Guitar Parts : The Head and Neck of the Bass
If one is to start with guitar bass parts at the top, one must start with the head and neck. Fender bass guitars tend to have a rather distinctive neck, similar in most aspects to an enlarged version of the Stratocaster or Squire headstock.
Like a guitar, the head features tuners; unlike a guitar, there are generally only four tuners on a bass. The third and fourth strings are separated by a large circular string guide, which helps to guide the longer strings to the neck.
Separating the head and neck is the nut; the nut is of relatively little importance, but it does mark the joining of the head and neck. All guitar necks are covered by a think wooden strip called a “fret board”, marked every so often with a dot.
The strings rest slightly above the fretboard, and continue down onto the body of the instrument.
Fender Guitar Parts: The Body of the Bass
When it comes to guitar and bass parts, the body is where serious modifications are made. Your standard electric bass will have a solid body, generally covered partially with a pickguard.
This guard helps the guitarist to avoid scratching his or her guitar’s body while playing. Roughly in the middle of the body will be the pickups (most Fender models have two), the devices that “pick up” the vibrations of the strings and transmit that sound to the amplifier.
The strings terminate at the end of the body, raised by the bridge and terminating at the saddle and tailpiece.
Fender bass guitars tend to have a few other pieces, most of which are related to the utility purposes of the instrument. The body of most guitars includes two strap buttons (one at the top, one at the bottom) so that the owner of the instrument may more easily play standing.
As with any sort of electric guitars, a bass also includes an input jack to run a line from the guitar to the amplifier, as well as controls for the tone of the instrument and the volume.
These additions are standard on every Fender bass, and the placement is nearly identical to that found on a standard Fender guitar.