Whats the differance between a bass and a guitar
If you want to hear Bass check out Primus. They use a two bass setup and do no use regular guitars. While you may not like the style or song content it is very different on the ear and worth hearing for that alone. Things not mentioned:
Basses traditionally have 4 strings, but most bangs use a 5 or even 6 string bass. These extra strings are even lower in pitch than the regular bass strings. While a traiditonal 4 string bass is tuned to C at the lowest note Basses are routinely strung differently. You can tune any stringed instrument differently depending on string tension, but I have seen it much more often with bass. Take primus for example, they play with two basses, but they are tuned differently in order to get more range. Guitars are strummed, and in some cases plucked with a pick. Basses on the other hand vary depending on music type. A standup bass can be played with a bow (even an electric one actually). Jason Newsted (old bassist for Metallica) used picks frequently, Rob Trullejo (SP on the last name) plucks with all 4 fingers, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers does a lot of slapping the strings (this is common in funk and gives a popping sound I believe). All of these are excepted playstyles. Basses are rarely ever strummed. Also the amp you will need for a bass is much different than a guitar amp, generally Bass amps are quite large, even the small ones.
The simplest difference between guitar and bass guitar is the pitch range of the instruments. Bass guitar plays notes an octave lower than a regular guitar.
The next difference is the role the instruments play in a group. Traditionally, bass guitar plays a supportive role along with the drummer to create the pulse of the music and set the music's foundation.
Guitar, with its higher range, also plays a supportive role and solos are more common on guitar. Traditionally guitar is a bit more out front and in the spotlight. But, the bass is very critical in a band. You will see many bands without guitarists and without drummers, but not many without a bass player. That should tell you the importance of the bass guitar in a band. Furthermore, the bass still has all the same possibilities as the guitar. You can solo and play many things like a guitarist does. It’s just not the traditional role the bass plays and what people often want from a bass player.
you can hear the diffrence between them for definate, a bass guitar only has 4 strings and they are much thicker than a guitars 6 strings
a bass guitar puts the beat and the ''bass'' into a song lol
you can easily tll the diffrence in the sounds, if you listen to something like avenged sevenfold, the guitar solos are very strong in it,
whereas something like white stripes seven nation army, at beat is a bass guitar at the start