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Tuesday November 15, 2016. 12:30 AM
This week we’re checking out the D’ARCO Shakti 5-string bass by French Luthier Clément D’Arco. The striking bass has a host of beautiful, exotic woods to create a rich visual appeal. Its body is crafted from lacewood, purpleheart, wenge, and flamed maple while the 13-piece...
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Monday November 14, 2016. 09:30 PM
Q: I have read your latest column on the set-up of your bass and that you had a removable neck installed. I never had one and one of the reasons why I’m holding off on this is the fact that a removable neck also means a removable bridge. I mean: the bridge is not fixed...
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I often listen to The Derek Trucks Band’s, which offers up one killer performance by an equally killer band. Here they are performing “I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy”, anchored by the sweet bass lines of Todd Smallie.
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This was a tough week in the world of music and bass. Bass legend Victor Bailey passed away on Friday, and the outpouring of love for him propelled our tribute to the #1 slot on the most read list. RIP, Mr. Bailey. This week’s top 10 also includes a discussion with Damian...
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Sunday November 13, 2016. 06:30 PM
Snarky Puppy keyboardist Bill Laurance recently released, which was recorded in May 2015 at Union Chapel in London. Joined by Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League, who plays bass and Moog Little Phatty on the album, here’s the track “Never-Ending City”.
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IK Multimedia has released MODO Bass, a physical modeling virtual bass instrument. The program recreates the response, feel, and tone of a real electric bass with accurate replications of 12 standard models. Beyond the models themselves, nearly every aspect of physically...
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Saturday November 12, 2016. 09:30 PM
Epiphone has released a line of limited edition instruments featuring korina wood, including the Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass. The bass sports the classic explorer body shape and comes loaded with a set of Epiphone’s XR and XT humbuckers. Both its body and neck are ma...
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Earlier this year, we were knocked out by bassist Christian Sturgess as he ripped through his band Brutai’s track “Onyx“. Now he’s back with another gritty play along for the song “Of Ashes” from their upcoming debut album, Born. Sturgess uses a gnarly overdrive, power...
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Sadowsky has released a the 3-knob Onboard bass preamp, which is their first to be available as a prewired drop-in for J style basses without a side jack. No soldering is required to install it in your bass. “It has been designed for minimally invasive installation on most...
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Friday November 11, 2016. 09:30 PM
Alter Bridge’s fifth studio album,, is a continuation of the band’s heavy-yet-melodic style. That sound is anchored by the thick bass work of Brian Marshall. The bassist, along with guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott “Flip” Philips, was a founding member of Creed...
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Last month, musicians from throughout Prince’s career came together for an official tribute concert in Minneapolis. The star studded event was anchored by five of the Purple One’s bass colleagues: Sonny T from New Power Generation, Ida Nielsen from NPG/3rdEyeGirl, Andrew...
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It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that bass legend Victor Bailey has passed away from complications with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He was 56 years old. Bailey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a musical family. His father, Morris Bailey Jr., was a...
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Experimental pedal maker Earthquaker Devices has released updated versions of four of their pedals including the Dispatch Master, the Speaker Cranker, Acapulco Gold, and the Afterneath. The pedals, which range in use from delay/reverb to distortion and overdrive, all now...
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Thursday November 10, 2016. 09:30 PM
It’s election week here in the U.S. The country has been saturated by advertisements, campaign rallies, and repetitive debate jargon. Times like these require a creative outlet, a way to ease the politically charged anxieties. For many people, music is the perfect remedy....
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Alessandro Corsi sent us the latest video from his band La Vague for the song “Little Village”. The bassist lays down an awesome bass line while simultaneously taking care of accompanying chords. Who needs a guitar, anyway?
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Metallica’s …And Justice For All is one of the band’s most classic albums, but it’s often maligned by bass players due to the almost inaudible bass. Bassist Jason Newsted‘s bass was just about mixed out of the album. Current member Robert Trujillo recently told Rolling Stone...
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Wednesday November 9, 2016. 09:30 PM
Q: Why are some fingerboards curved and some flat? Is there any benefit to one over the other? A: The curve in the fretboard is called a radius, and there are varying arguments I’ve found for the reason. Many people agree that a radiused fretboard works best with the...
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Ben Allison has a new album out with saxophonist Ted Nash and guitarist Steve Cardenas called The Quiet Revolution, and it’s sublime. Modeled after the drummerless trios of Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall, the band’s configuration allows for freedom while pushing each member to ge...
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced the second leg of their 2017 North American tour. The outing starts April 12th at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and will focus on the East Coast with several Canadian dates mixed in. The new dates are in add to their existing ...
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Meet Calum Craig, once a classical guitarist who saw the light and switched to bass. Calum is part of a multi-national band known as Frontierer. He’s this week’s reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m from Edinburgh in Scotland. I played in a few bands at home...
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