Bass Lesson Goldmine series
Hal Leonard keeps the bass-centric lessons rolling with four new power-packed tutorials. 100 Blues Lessons, 100 Rock Lessons, 100 Jazz Lessons, and 100 Funk/R&B Lessons each features 100 selfcontained tutorials—essential topics, useful tips, stylistic aspects, and much more, with playing examples both notated and tabbed, and taught by a tag team of experts. Accompanying audio, available for download and/or streaming, features hundreds of tracks, including performance demos of every example in the book. Best of all, the lessons aren’t progressive, so players can jump from topic to topic.
The Real R&B Book
Looking for a smooth and funky “real book” to get your reading together? Dig the deep grooves, plastic comb bindings, and easy-to-read, handwritten notation of The Real R&B Book [Hal Leonard], which collects 265 R&B, soul, and modern hits from every era, from James Jamerson gems like “Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing” to modern standards like Alicia Keys’ “You Don’t Know My Name.”
“Bass Cabernet” SL 112 1x12
Aguilar rings in 2015 by putting out a small, 250-cabinet run of its lightweight SL 112 1x12s in a special “Bass Cabernet” finish, each featuring a custom “limited edition” label on the crossover. Like every SL 112, these cabs feature a Neutrik Speakon driver and two q" inputs, a deluxe strap handle, rubber feet, and a three-year warranty.
Fanned-fret icon Ralph Novax takes on a classic with the J-Bazz, his marriage of tradition (alder or swampash body, maple neck, rosewood or ebony fingerboard, and 22 jumbo frets) and his proprietary fanned frets, Novax single-string bridge, and a set of Bartolini pickups with harmonically optimized orientation.
Tom Kennedy & Emperor 6 Standard basses
New York bass icon Tom Kennedy’s signature Fodera 5-string is a 34"-scale bolt-on with an ash body and flame-maple top, which are matched by a one-piece hard-rock maple neck, an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Fodera dual-coil pickups, and a Fodera/Pope standard 3-band preamp. The bolt-on, 34"-scale Emperor 6 sports identical electronics, an ash body, and a one-piece hard-rock maple neck, but it comes with a two-tone flame-maple top and a pau ferro fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays. Optional on both models: solid tops and hardware color upgrades for $150.
HDI patch cords and instrument cables
Amp builder Nick Epifani now offers his HDI (highdefinition instrument) patch cords and cables, all gold-plated Neutrik for reliability and covered by heat-shrink double insulation for extra strength and strain relief. The patch cords come in 10" and 12" sizes, while instrument cables are 10, 12, 16, or 20 feet. Both types of cables are available with straight or angled q"-plug connectors. Custom sizes are available on request, and all cables are covered by a lifetime warranty.
Direct HDI-PC-10 and HDI-PC-12, $50; HDI-10, $155; HDI-12, $190; HDI-16, $250; HDI-20, $290
Demeter’s newest all-tube preamp/800-watt class D power amp is a ten-and-a-half-pound old-school monster with features to match: TREBLE, MIDDLE, BASS with frequency selector and PRESENCE with frequency selection; a mode switch for dark, normal, and bright tone; a select Jensen transformer; and two Speakon combo jacks on the back. The VTBP-M-800D comes in a Tolex-covered wood cabinet with a leather handle.
Street $1,360; with Jensen transformer balanced DI, $1,600