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Monday June 26, 2017. 06:30 PM
Who doesn’t love a good vintage bass? Our friend Jan Östlund sent us this video of studio bassist Sven Lindvall playing a riff over 17 of the most iconic vintage basses. It’s so cool to hear all the subtle (and not so subtle) differences in each of the instruments. Lindvall...
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Electro-Harmonix has expanded their dynamic range with the Tone Corset, an analog OTA (Operational Transconductance Amplifier) compressor pedal. The pedal has a four-knob layout with Volume, Sustain, Attack, and Blend controls. Blend mixes the compressed and dry signals for...
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Sunday June 25, 2017. 06:30 PM
Bass and vocal duo What A Day is back with a new video. This time the minimalistic, experimental French jazz-pop lounge duo of Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie tackle the song “Donyiti Ahla” by Lebanese singer Nora Rahal. Joly lays down bass and harmony while Gracie sings and us...
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Saturday June 24, 2017. 08:00 PM
Oklahoma’s Old Blood Noise Endeavours has unveiled the Fault, a flexible overdrive/distortion pedal. It features dual gain stages, with a footswitch to kick in the second gain. The Fault also has a three-band active EQ for further tonal tweaking. Check out this clip of the Fa...
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Last December, we featured bassist Leonid Vorobyev and his band Leonid & Friends doing an excellent cover of Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” They’re back with another excellent Chicago cover, “I’m A Man.” Nailed it.
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To keep up with the new CITES regulations on rosewood, Sandberg Guitars has turned to a new fingerboard option: steamed oak. The innovation was first shown at NAMM this year as a prototype. “Oak is a very eco-friendly and sustainable wood with very desirable sonic qualities...
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Friday June 23, 2017. 09:00 PM
After the recent passing of Gregg Allman, it was only fitting to binge listen to some Allman Brothers records. Swept away by the lengthy jams, slide guitar solos, and beautifully in-sync double drummers, this band helped define Southern Rock and usher in a new era of blues....
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Today we’re proud to premiere a video for the song “Shades of Magenta” by bassist Petros Klampanis. This beautiful piece of music is a live recording from his latest album,, out now on Motema Music. “‘Shades of Magenta’ is about happiness,” the bassist writes. “We tend to...
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Thursday June 22, 2017. 09:30 PM
Steve Leggett reached out to me with the story of a special bass: his 1964 Egmond Princess. Steve shares the history of this bass, including some great details on the company behind it. Make/Model/Year? It’s an Egmond Princess bass from 1964. How long have you owned it?...
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I hope you’re sitting down for this one. Dominic “Forest” Lapointe’s playthrough for his band First Fragment’s song “Gula” is killer. Originally recorded by Vincent Savary, the song kicks off with a monster fretless tapping line before jumping into a supportive role....
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Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland has put together a new group called Gizmodrome, and he picked some heavy hitters to join him. The band is rounded out by Italian keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, guitarist Adrian Belew, and Level 42 bassist Mark King. The project will...
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Wednesday June 21, 2017. 11:00 PM
Diffusion Audio is now shipping the Bassics BPA-1 analog bass preamp. Designed by studio equipment designer Malcolm Toft, the BPA-1 packs a preamp, tone controls, and compression into a floor unit with footswitches for each section. It has two inputs with two low-noise...
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Q: I’m a semi-pro bassist of 15 years and have been playing for about 25 now, I’ve been with my current band for nearly six years and are about to release our second album. For the past two years, I’ve not been very happy playing, and it is a real conflict because of how...
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The musicians in the Tedeschi Trucks Band can throw down on some southern soul grooves, but they also have a love for free improv. Four members of the group – including Tim Lefebvre, Kebbi Williams, J.J. Johnson, Tyler Greenwell – formed a project called Whose Hat Is This?...
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If you’ve been online recently, you’ll know the most talked about story in the bass community in the last month has been the auction for a bass previously owned by James Jamerson. Owned by the Motown genius from 1962 until approximately 1968, the 1961 Fender Precision was...
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Tuesday June 20, 2017. 09:30 PM
Cort has expanded their GB7 series of guitars and basses with the GB74JJ, a jazz-style bass that they describe as integrating both modern and classic aspects. That blend is centered in its pair of VTB-ST pickups that are fitted into a swamp ash body. “Crafted with winding...
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Damian Coccio is back with a new tune, called “Cliffs of Aquinnah,” which is planned to be part of his next solo bass album coming out this year.
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Legendary punk band Rancid has returned with their ninth album, Trouble Maker. Anchored by bass freak Matt Freeman, the 19-song collection runs from blistering riffs to ska-infused jams. Freeman’s lines continue to be rooted in driving the song while bringing a melodic elemen...
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This week we’re checking out a slick headless, five-string version of the Bogart Bass Sport model. Built for Michael Klöckner, the bass is a modified version of their already lightweight Sport, which features a carbon fiber neck and an interesting body design. It’s a...
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Monday June 19, 2017. 09:00 PM
As musicians, wouldn’t it make sense to focus exclusively on musical applications and learn by practicing mainly songs? Why isolate technique drills and put so much focus on the mechanics, seemingly devoid of any musical context? Why waste an opportunity to build ears and...
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