Rondalla Instruments

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Double Bass

The double bass, also called bass VIOL or contrabass is four(4)-stringed, the largest instrument of the rondalla, shaped like the violin with two f sound holes, provides the fundamental tome and reinforces the rhythm. Until 1910, the bass-guitar was just a little bit bigger than the ordinary guitar, and was played in the same manner as the guitar, placed on the lap. Later, the bass-guitar adapted a tailpiece, and was henceforth played with the player standing up. In the interior of the bass, a small piece of round wood is fixed immediately behind the right foot of the bridge, to act as a support. It is called the 'sound post'. Under the bridge's left foot a strip of wood known as the 'bass bar' is glued lengthways along the belly

Scale length: in.(distance from the nut to the bridge)
Tuning head length: in.
Tuning head width: in.
Fingerboard length: in.
Fingerboard width

at Nut: in.
at last Fret: in.
Clear of body joint: (usually marked with double dots)
Total length : in.
Body length: in.
Body width: in.
Sound hole - f: in.
Rim depth: in.
Bridge width: in.
Bridge height: in.
No. of Strings: 4
String gauges:
1st course(1 string) G
unwound steel: .076 in.
2nd course(1 string) D
unwound steel: .094 in.
3rd course(1 string) A
copper-wound steel: .104 in.
4th course(1 string) E
copper-wound steel: .140 in.

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