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A four-string bass guitar

Bass guitar tuning refers to the pitch adjustments carried out on the individual strings of a bass guitar in order to achieve a prescribed arrangement of notes on the open (unfretted) strings.

The electric bass guitar (or "electric bass") is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, popping or using a pick. The bass is typically similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, but with a larger body, a longer neck and scale length, and four strings tuned one octave lower in pitch than the bass strings of a guitar. The fretted bass guitar is an equal temperament musical instrument, in which the octave is divided into a series of equal steps.

Standard tuning

Standard tuning is the most popular tuning of the bass guitar. Most bass guitars have four strings, tuned one octave lower than the lowest (in terms of pitch) four strings of a regular guitar.

String Note Frequency
1 (thinnest) G2 97.999 Hz
2 D2 73.416 Hz
3 A1 55 Hz
4 (thickest) E1 41.204 Hz

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