New Gear: January 2014
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New Gear: December 2013
12/4/2013 5:14:00 PM
New Gear: November 2013
10/29/2013 11:46:00 AM
With their heavy-duty Neutrik connectors and fire-retardant sheath, FM Cables’ new Speakons are built to last, and if their three standard lengths—5’, 6.5’, and 10’—don’t work for you, go ahead and order a custom cable.
Tech Bench - Mod Squad: Going Active
10/28/2013 11:00:00 AM
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MODS PERFORMED on electric bass is the transformation from passive to active.
New Gear: October 2013
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spector adds another axe to its Korean Professional Series with the 34"-scale CK-4, a neck-through 4-string.
Tech Bench - Mod Squad: The P/J Path
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
THIS MONTH’S MOD IS SOMEWHAT OF A “WALK of shame” for me, having mutilated more Fender Precision Basses in the pursuit of “the best of both worlds” than I care to admit.
Soundroom: Pigtronix Bass Envelope Phaser, Philosopher Bass Compressor & Bass FAT Drive
8/26/2013 10:02:00 AM
PIGTRONIX, BASED IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, IS A SMALL company that has gained acclaim for its 21st-Century spin on vintage tone.
Tech Bench - Fretless-ize Your Life!
8/26/2013 10:00:00 AM
IF YOU’RE PRONE TO BOUTS OF B.M.S. (BASS Modification Syndrome), at some point you’ve probably looked at one of your basses and wondered, “What if it were fretless?”
New Gear: September 2013
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
With its stereo audio, MIDI in/out, and charging dock, the StudioConnect, an all-in-one audio interface for the iPad, makes it easy to plug in and jam along with whatever’s on your iPad.
New Gear: August 2013
7/25/2013 12:01:00 PM
Dean’s Jeff Berlin Basic bass keeps it, well, basic: It’s a bolt-on 4-string with an natural oil-finished alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, Grover tuners, and chrome hardware.
Soundroom: D'Addario Balanced Tension and Dunlop Heavy Core Strings
7/25/2013 10:46:00 AM
ROUNDWOUND, FLATWOUND, TAPEWOUND, HALFWOUND, COATED, COLORED— bassists are blessed with an abundance of options for the quickest, cheapest, easiest way to chase the dragon that is the ultimate bass tone: by swapping strings.
Tech Bench - Pickup: The Pieces
7/25/2013 9:51:00 AM
ONE SIMPLE WAY TO PROFOUNDLY AFFECT THE basic character of your instrument is to swap out the pickups— a mod that can often be carried out with no alteration to the bass itself.
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.
Tech Bench: Bridge Building
7/1/2013 10:56:00 AM
AS I BEGIN THIS SERIES OF ARTICLES ON BASS modifications, let me first publicly apologize to the victims of my obsessive quest for tone—P-Basses routed for J pickups, the Stingray I thought would sound great with a P pickup in neck position, the Jazz Bass I thought would improve with molten lead poured into holes cut beneath the bridge … Over the years, thousands of dollars were spent, and thousands more have been lost by desecrating what would now be vintage instruments. Forgive me, Leo.
New Gear: June 2013
5/17/2013 1:14:00 PM
Lakland’s latest addition to its old-school collection is the Skyline Hollowbody 30, a 30"-scale hollowbody with a 1.5" nut width, a rosewood fingerboard, a machined hollow body with “F” hole, two single-coil pickups, and Hipshot-licensed Ultralite tuners.
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John Goldsby's Jazz Concepts - A Sound for Sore Ears
Blues You Can Use - Big Mama Thornton: A Tale of Two Luthers
John Goldsby's Jazz Concepts - Two Basses Are Better Than One: Will & John's Silent Night
Blues You Can Use - John McVie: Mac Daddy
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