Posted by A on August 09, 2001 at 14:37:49:
In Reply to: the mighty P-Bass posted by raul on August 09, 2001 at 09:33:31:
I learn't to play bass using a cheap p-bass when i was about 13 and I had pretty small hands. When it came to buying a better sounding guitar i found that some guitars I had difficulty playing. i think that this was because i'd learn't to play with a p-bass and my hands had molded to the shape of my p-bass neck (kind of stubby and very rounded). When i got my newer guitar (it had a smaller and flatter neck) it took me about three or four weeks to get used to the different shaped neck. However, whenever i see a p-bass i just want to pick it up and play it because of the way the whole bass is shaped. Some bassists won't play anything other than a p-bass, Randy Bradbury from Pennywise and Steve Harris from Iron Maiden only ever play fender precision basses.
So, when you ask if the necks are huge then I guess that in most cases they are, but there are some p-basses i've tried with different and smaller shaped necks. Also I doubt that you would have trouble playing a p-bass with small hands, I never really struggled. The shape of some basses are distinctive and just as long as you keep practicing then you shouldn't find too much trouble in adapting to a big neck.
It is interesting how when I play my old p-bass I actualy do grip the neck like a baseball bat (my thumb all the way round the back of the neck, sticking over the top, and my fingers arched) and when i play other basses i play completely differently (my thumb kept behind the neck, in the middle, and my fingers flatter).
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