We want you to have fun choosing gifts for bass players, so we’re always looking for new ideas. Take a look at our assortment of T-shirts, cooking aprons, wall clocks, coffee mugs, colorful buttons, trucker hats, cotton canvas tote bags, posters, refrigerator magnets, and more unique upright bass gifts.
Edgar Meyer From the first moment that I can remember, I had identified myself as a bass player and it had everything to do with my father, who was a bass player. And he loved music, you know, as much as anybody I’ve ever seen. And that dynamic I just thought as somehow was a straight pass to me.
Everyone loves shirts, and upright bass players are no exception. There are always loads of size and style options, so click on any design to see what’s available. Experiment with different shirt colors to find exactly the right gift for your favorite musician or music lover.
A musician can’t have too many mugs. They’re a useful and practical gift idea. These double bass designs are available in many styles, sizes, and colors. The designs circle each mug, so be sure to click on the image and see all of the views.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical upright bass gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
When it comes to inexpensive upright bass gifts, consider the functional refrigerator magnet. There are so many cute musical designs, and they’re available in a variety of sizes in both square and round shapes. Each magnet is covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for years of use and enjoyment.
Wall clocks make excellent gifts for bass players. They’re especially useful in a music room or recording studio. Click on any design to see more options, since most clocks are available in both round and square shapes. Be sure to include one AA battery with your gift, since that’s not included.
Here’s another fun and inexpensive gift idea for musicians and music lovers. Standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. The designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for added durability. With some designs you can even choose a different background color for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular upright bass gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
The upright bass, or double bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched string instrument. It can be played played with a bow (arco) or by plucking the strings (pizzicato). Classical music calls for the natural sound produced acoustically by the instrument. In other genres such as jazz and blues, the bass sound is usually amplified. Bass amplifiers have equalization controls that allow a player to boost low frequencies. Amplification gives a bassist more control over the tone of the instrument.
Among classical performers the instrument is called a contrabass, from its Italian name contrabbasso. Other common names are string bass, to distinguish it from a brass bass instrument, or simply bass. In jazz and other non-classical music genres, the instrument is called an upright bass or acoustic bass to differentiate it from the electric bass guitar. In folk and bluegrass music, it’s referred to by many names, including bass fiddle, bass violin, doghouse bass, and bull fiddle.
More Upright Bass Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a bassist.
Notable jazz double bassists from the 1940s and 1950s include Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, and Wilbur Ware. Influential bassists in the post 1960s era include Stanley Clarke, Charlie Haden, Charles Mingus, and Jaco Pastorius.
In a brief clip from Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road, legendary musician Paul McCartney introduces an upright bass with ties to another music legend, Elvis Presley. The instrument was played by rock and roll pioneer Bill Black. He was the bassist in Elvis Presley’s early trio that also included guitarist Scotty Moore.