Soundroom: Veillette Flyer Bass
7/25/2013 10:53:00 AM
IT’S JUST NOT FAIR. WHILE MOST OF US WOULD happily pick or pluck away on an acoustic bass guitar in our bedrooms, at barbecues, and even on gigs, with just a few notable exceptions—Steve Swallow and Brian Richie among them—the ABG is rarely employed as a player’s full-time axe.
Soundroom: Musicvox Space Cadet 12
7/25/2013 9:55:00 AM
TWELVE-STRING BASSES, WHICH ADD TWO THINNER “TREBLE” strings to each of the standard-gauge E, A, D, and G strings, are an attractive option for rock trios and other situations where we bass players are allowed (or required) to commandeer a larger-than-usual chunk of the frequency spectrum.
New Gear: July 2013
7/1/2013 1:32:00 PM
Novation’s popular 20-year-old Bass Station gets an update with the Bass Station II, an all-analog redesign equipped with two filters, two oscillators, a sub-obscillator, patch-save capability, onboard modulation, an arpeggiator, and analog effects.
Soundroom:Kay Vintage Reissue - Jazz Special Electric Bass Guitar
7/1/2013 10:58:00 AM
NOT EVERY NEW ARRIVAL FLICKS OUR “WOAH,” “WAIT,” “wow,” and “what?” switches all at once, but this Kay Jazz Special Bass reissue— with its strong combination of kitchy looks, classy construction, and classic tone—is guaranteed to inspire a wide range of reactions.
Roundup: Short-Scale Basses
5/17/2013 12:17:00 PM
THE OLD ADAGE THAT “LEO GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME” WITH THE Fender Precision Bass is hard to dispute; the combination of styling, ergonomics, and tone from that design forms the core of our consciousness as bass players.
Soundroom: Fodera Monarch 4 Standard Bass
5/17/2013 12:03:00 PM
THERE ARE HIGH-END BASSES, AND THEN, THERE’S FODERA.
Soundroom: Ibanez BTB1405E Premium
4/17/2013 6:58:00 PM
WITH AN ARTIST ROSTER THAT RANGES FROM THRASH/ELECTRONICA iconoclast Thundercat and metalcore monster Mike D’Antonio to fretless phenom Gary Willis and R&B jazzer Gerald Veasley, it can be tough to pinpoint the Ibanez aesthetic.
Soundroom: Fano Alt de Facto PX4 and Alt de Facto GF4
4/17/2013 6:48:00 PM
IN HIS ALT DE FACTO LINE OF BASSES AND GUITARS, BUILDER-DESIGNER DENNIS Fano seeks to build historical replicas of instruments that never actually existed.
New Gear from the 2013 NAMM Show
3/26/2013 4:55:00 PM
This month and next, we’ll be sifting through everything we saw at this year’s NAMM Show to bring you the best in bass.
Soundroom: Aria Pro II Cluff Burton Signature Bass
3/21/2013 7:10:00 PM
THERE ARE THOSE ICONIC INSTRUMENTS—PAUL MCCARTNEY’S HÖFNER 500/1, CHRIS SQUIRE’S Rickenbacker 4001, Jaco Pastorius’ “Bass of Doom,” to name a few—that are so closely linked with that particular player that the mere sight of their silhouettes can give birth to “earworms” of the tastiest variety.
Jack Casady's Bass, part 2
3/18/2013 3:54:00 PM
Jack Casady's Bass, part 3
3/18/2013 3:54:00 PM
Jack Casady's Bass, July 1972
3/18/2013 3:50:00 PM
Guild, April 1972
3/18/2013 3:27:00 PM
Soundroom: Ibanez ATK805E Premium
1/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
“EVERY STYLE. EVERY SONG. EVERY NIGHT.”
John Goldsby's Jazz Concepts - A 6th Sense for Melody
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Blues You Can Use - Willie Dixon: When "Wrong" is Right
John Goldsby's Jazz Concepts - A Sound for Sore Ears
Blues You Can Use - Big Mama Thornton: A Tale of Two Luthers
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