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Posted by Duncan on January 11, 2001 at 15:05:40:

Hi everyone,

I'm really new to this whole bass playing thing, and I'd be really greatful if somone could reply to these questions preferably by E-mail with the minimal amount of patronization :-)

1) Whats a string gauge (how is it measured, how do the strings sizes relate to the numbers and is there any way I can find out what string gauge my bass has)?

2) Whats the difference between passive and active pickups and again how do I know which one I've got?

3) does anyone know of a good series of bass lessons on the internet that work in progession, without jumping from the really obvious to all that slap, tap funky stuff?

4) How do I minimize fret buzz?

Thanks so much in advance - please reply by E-mail


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