Chicago Music Exchange has officially launched “Gettin’ Out of the BASSment,” a new video series hosted exclusively on BassPlayer.com beginning this July. Hosted by CME Assistant Manager and resident bass authority Marc Najjar, the monthly series will feature behind-the-scenes interviews about and demos of unique basses available exclusively at the Chicago-based retailer. Expanding on the success of the CME’s highly trafficked YouTube channel, the series breaks out of the shop’s famous video studio to explore various points of interest within the bass community. This includes visits not only to the workshops of the world’s foremost custom bass luthiers, but also to notable Chicago landmarks curated around the features of specific basses.
According to Najjar, “Gettin’ Out of the BASSment” epitomizes CME’s commitment to creating one-of-a-kind instruments, but it also brings that passion to life, documenting the unique experiences and inspiration behind each build like never before.
“I have the privilege of seeing some of the finest instruments in the world,” he said. “Each one of these pieces inspires me to play on a daily basis. What also inspires me are the stories that the basses can tell.”
The inaugural episode of “Gettin’ Out of the BASSment,” appropriately filmed at local coffee gurus Metric Coffee Roasters, features the Sandberg VM5 Cappuccino Burst bass. Featuring a highly unique, custom Cappuccino finish specially created by Sandberg, the bass is exclusively available with a Masterpiece Aging treatment and captures a perfect medium between the familiar vintage tones of antigua and blonde. Upcoming episodes featuring legendary builders such as Fodera and Rickenbacker are already in the works.
“Whether it's a beautiful new finish that captures the vibe of a fine city like Chicago or the history of those who poured their souls into their craft, these instrument were made to help inspire generations of bassists,” Najjar said. “Join me as I ‘get out of the BASSment’ in an attempt to harness musical inspiration from many parts of the globe, with a help from the builders who make it all possible."
All instruments featured in “Gettin’ Out of the BASSment” are also listed for sale on the CME website, as well as via e-commerce marketplace Reverb.com. For more information, visit the Chicago Music Exchange: HERE
ABOUT THE CHICAGO MUSIC EXCHANGE
Located in the heart of Chicago, Ill., the Chicago Music Exchange is a local and online musical instrument retailer offering the finest selection of guitars, amps, bass, effects, and drums & percussion in the world. With a specialization in vintage and high-end musical equipment, the company has served as the eminent authority on all things gear since 1990.