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What is a Bass Ukulele?

A bass ukulele is basically a miniature version of the larger and more common, bass guitar. While they may look identical at first glance, key differences set them apart from each other.

Here are what makes a bass uke unique: – Strings – Bass ukes typically use polyurethane strings which are much denser than traditional nylon or metal stringed instruments like your typical piano
turns into A miniaturized version of the popular instrument known as a double-bass, it has many similarities with its namesake but also several key distinctions between itself and ‘normal-sized guitars such as high-density EPDM polymer strings instead of steel wire ones.

Basically, it’s a scaled-down tiny bass guitar, Bass ukulele bestows the equivalent E-A-D-G tuning and the same deep resonant tones for playing punchy basslines, and an irresistible low down the rhythm.

The bass ukulele is a miniature version of the electric guitar, and it typically uses polyurethane strings. The difference between this instrument and its traditional counterpart lies in their string compositions – strings used on a bass uke are much denser than those found on an ordinary classical one.

Bass Ukuleles are now popular beyond belief. If you’ve listened to any Top 40 music recently you will definitely have heard one of these instruments, played by Sam Folds or Zac Brown or Jack Johnson. You probably thought they were just short-scale guitars… but they are neither guitars nor ukes.

The origins of this bass-like instrument are somewhat vague. The Hawaiians didn’t have a name for it, so they called it the ‘bottom uke’ or sometimes the ‘bass ukulele’. In America, from whence it came, it was originally being called a guitar-ukulele. When these instruments first hit Europe in the early part of last century they were called either Guitar

-Ukes or Baritone Ukuleles because they were tuned in fifths like a guitar and had 4 strings. It wasn’t until much later when people who really knew their stuff started calling them Bass Ukes. In America, the term ‘baritone’ was dropped in favour of ‘bass’ but in Britain, we have always clung to the original.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the ukulele has recently had a huge surge in popularity with songs like ‘smile’ by Lily Allen and others using the instrument in chart songs. In America, it’s become a bit of a fad to have a musician playing one of these baritone instruments on stage.