A bass guitar is a stringed instrument which is played with the fingers or thumb, by slapping, plucking, tapping, or picking with a plectrum, which is often known as a pick. It is similar to the electric guitar but with four to six strings and with a longer neck. Bass guitars are made out of wood. The main pieces of this instrument are: neck, body, frets, fingerboard and strings.

This guitar requires an amplifier to amplify the frequencies of the vibrating strings. These signals are taken by the amplifier, processed into louder sounds and then sent to a speaker so they can be heard. The produced sounds range from a pure amplification of the bass strings to the distorted electronic sounds usually found in heavy metal or rock music. Another technique for altering the sound is to attack the notes (by plucking, slapping, or striking the strings). The most common instrument is the four string bass, which is tuned the same as the double bass. The bass guitar has replaced the double bass in popular music since the 1960s.

The first modern form of an electric string bass, was developed in the 1930s by the musician and inventor Paul Tutmarc. Then, in the 1950s, Leo Fender developed the first mass-produced electric bass.

This type of guitar is used almost in all music styles, including rock, pop, punk rock, country, metal, reggae, blues, gospel and jazz. It is often used by popular music bands and rock groups as a member of the rhythm section. The rhythm section consists of a rhythm guitarist or electric keyboard player, a bass guitarist and a drummer.

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