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    Default Re: why is bass harder to fret than guitar?

    Thicker, wider neck, extending the pinky farther to wrap it over the top.

    Try adopting more of a Classical hand technique, with the thumb in the middle of the back of the neck instead of wrapped over it.

    IMO fretting should be effortless, so the lower-the-better. If the buzz gets to you, look into flatwounds (not tapewounds, though). I've been using standard roundwounds on bass forever, but "recently" found out Steve Harris' signature Rotosounds are actually flatwound, not roundwound. IMO he's got the right amount of clank and punch.
    One day, when I grow up, I'm going to actually get a set of those and see what's what.

    Not sure what winding style Geddy Lee uses, though.
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    I'm soooooo jealous about the WR-1. It's the perfect guitar; fantastic to play, balances well even when seated and *great* reach for the upper frets. The sound is bright tight and very articulate. In summary it could only be more awesome if it had b00bs and was on fire!
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    Sounds like you are expecting to pick up a 20lb medicine ball and play basketball with it as easily as using a 20oz basketball.
    "Why does lying on jagged rocks hurt but a soft bed doesn't?" is how I read it. I mean, at some point the sad tragic reality of common sense has to just walk right up and kick you in the nuts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brown Note View Post
    I'm soooooo jealous about the WR-1. It's the perfect guitar; fantastic to play, balances well even when seated and *great* reach for the upper frets. The sound is bright tight and very articulate. In summary it could only be more awesome if it had b00bs and was on fire!
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    Default Re: why is bass harder to fret than guitar?

    But it's tough. How do I know? Well, I've been playing since forever, have a good understanding and know current gear.

    Of all my basses, since way way way back, the easiest to fret? The most current. What is that? ..............

    EB sterling "SUB" bass. And it's not just mine, the ones they have at my two GC's are similar. I dunno, something about the neck shape and such. I've spent more than 10K on basses in my life. This one I have is the BEST bar-none. It's a WTF moment, I can attest...........

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    Default Re: why is bass harder to fret than guitar?

    Build quality and neck thickness definitely play a factor. The two easiest-playing basses I have are a Jackson C5P and a Bossa OB-5. My Jackson JZB-2 has some fight in it, but it's got a Jazz-style neck. While my Jackson Concert V Pro and Jackson Dave Ellefson CBX are nearly identical in construction, and do play well due to the neck profile, the C5P and Bossa are the two best. Ironically, they're also the most and least expensive basses I have.
    They also have similar headstocks. Maybe that's it.


    I did play a Fender 5-string some years ago that had both P and J pickups in it that played like butter, though. I was impressed.
    I wish I would've kept the Pedulla Pentabuzz long enough to have it set up properly and the fretboard coating fixed. That thing was a beaut.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brown Note View Post
    I'm soooooo jealous about the WR-1. It's the perfect guitar; fantastic to play, balances well even when seated and *great* reach for the upper frets. The sound is bright tight and very articulate. In summary it could only be more awesome if it had b00bs and was on fire!
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    Default Re: why is bass harder to fret than guitar?

    But they are NOT all the same. The "sub" I mentioned is about the millionth bass I've owned (all the price ranges) and oddly, of them all, it's the easiest to play, ever. (For those that can't wrap their head around that, don't worry, I can't either )

    My MIM jazz is closest past that. The neck allows for low action w/o unnecessary buzz.

    Oddly, my first post here was about another MIM bass (I'm not a cheap ass, I swear) a p-bass which seems to have a mind of it's own. It changes daily. Not sure what to say.

    But basses should NOT be hard to fret. Long voyage to get to that conclusion, end thread

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