6 String Bass Guitars

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About 6 String Bass Guitars

6 string bass guitars are the natural advancement of the bass guitar, by adding an extra low and high string to the traditional 4 string bass, 6 string basses give you the ability to play more notes without altering the tuning or excessively shifting your hand up and down the neck. The result is an instrument that's ready to play all styles of music and can bring out the very best in your playing.

At guitarguitar we stock a selection of 6 string basses from brands including Ibanez, Mayones, Music Man, Squier and more. We stock a particularly large selection from Ibanez. This includes some extremely eye catching models such as the amazing Fanned fret SRFF806. 6 string bass guitars are normally tuned B-E-A-D-G-C, low to high, though a B is sometimes used at the top too.

As well as this type of bass, we also stock a few 'hybrid' instruments that lie somewhere between a guitar and a bass. The Squier Bass VI is a six string bass guitar tuned an octave lower than a standard electric guitar. This results in a low, twangy sound reminiscent of Duane Eddy and the Twin Peaks theme. These distinctive retro instruments are unlike guitars and bass and are lots of fun to play!

Why Should I Choose a 6 String Bass Guitar?

  • Reach lower notes on a reliable bass that has been specifically designed to produce them
  • The extended range gives you more notes to play
  • You won't need to change your string tuning across different styles of music
  • Reach high and low notes without shifting your hand up the neck
  • Models span high-end and more affordable options
  • Six string bass guitars often feature other forward-thinking design concepts

Frequently Asked Questions about 6 String Bass Guitars

Question: Should you start with a 6 string bass guitar?
If you intend on playing a 6 string bass, it can be advantageous to start with one so you don't have to adjust your technique as you change to a guitar with more strings.
Question: Is it difficult to play a six string bass guitar?
While you may need to adjust your technique slightly, 6 string bass guitars are designed to still comfortable to play.
Question: Can you tune a 6 string bass like a guitar?
Some models like the Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI are tuned the same as a six-string guitar, only an octave down.
Question: What is the standard tuning for a 6 string bass guitar?
Six string bass guitars are typically tuned like a 4 string bass but adding a low B string and a high C string.
Question: Who plays a 6 string bass guitar?
Some notable six string players include Thundercat, Dream Theater bassist John Myung and New Order's Peter Hook.