Bass guitars come is all different shapes and sizes. Is one any better than the other? Well, not necessarily, but some people swear by one over the other, so today I want to talk about some of the more popular bass guitar designs as well as outline my own personal favorite design as someone who builds them for a living.
Let’s get started shall we?
The telecaster is a design that Fender came up with in the 1930s and 1940s, and it has pretty much defined an entire generation of guitar designs, sound, and music quality.
It was the first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar to be put into mass production, so there is a lot of history behind the guitar. It was first released in 1950, and still remains widely popular to this day.
Many people remember using a tele as the guitar that they first used when they were how to rock the bass guitar. There was a period in the 1970s and 1980s when you could find old teles for pennies on the dollar and anyone who held onto these gems now has a pretty penny on their hands.
The telecaster is a great guitar to practice on and learn your major and minor bass scales. As I said above, basically an entire generation of guitarists were raised on nothing by this design, so if it’s good enough for them, you can bet that it is good enough for you.
Some people, however, do not like the un-contoured feel and look of the guitar, and this is a worthwhile critique. If you’re going to get a guitar, you might as well get one that feels comfortable to play.
Don’t get me is nothing wrong with the telecaster. It produces some great sounds. In fact, it’s known for its ability to produce a bright, rich, and cutting tone. Many many people love this sound, and if you’re looking to get into any kind of bass clef guitar notation, it is an excellent guitar.
The Stratocaster guitar has a bit more of a countered look with comfort cuts on the body that make it feel a little more comfortable than the tele.
It is definitely more popular with today’s audience that the tele. It is one of the most mimicked guitar body styles of any electric guitar in history, so I suppose the market is speaking about what is prefers to see in a guitar right there.
Another signature of the strat is the three single coil pickups.
Gibson Les Paul
Now, onto my favorite guitar design of all time, the Gibson Les Paul. This is just such a cool, iconic design that is unmatched by either of the Fender’s in my opinion.
Not only do I like the look of the Gibsons better, but I much prefer building them. They are a lot more interesting and challenge of a build than are the Fenders.
What Should You Get?
Hey, I’m not here trying to sell you on any specific design. I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about my feelings towards each of the major bass guitar designs.
Whether you are looking for a 5 string bass guitar or a 6 string bass guitar, any of these guitars will work for you. The main thing you need to focus on as a player is what kind of guitar will force you to actually practice and become a better player.
You need to sit down and learn your bass guitar chords without any excuses. Pick whatever design feels right for you and whatever you think looks the coolest and has the best sound.