Hal Leonard aims to help you get ready for fall woodshedding sessions with four new book–CD packages. Dream Theater: Bass Anthology features 14 John Myung bass line transcriptions with tab, while Chris Kringel’s Essential Bass Guitar Techniques: 21 Skills Every Serious Player Should Master takes you through exercises and musical examples to get you the chops you need. Two new entries in the company’s Bass Play-Along series are Volume 43: Paul McCartney, which takes you through Beatles and solo Paul classics, and Volume 46: Best Bass Lines Ever, which includes staples like “Billie Jean,” “Longview,” “Under Pressure,” and “YYZ.”
ListDream Theater: Bass Anthology, $25; Essential Bass Guitar Techniques: 21 Skills Every Serious Player Should Master, $20; Paul McCartney Bass Play-Along Volume 43, $18; Best Bass Lines Ever Bass Play-Along Volume 46, $18
Music Brewery Quad Boost Pedal
Want four flavors of boost and overdrive in one pedal? Check out Big Tone’s Quad Boost, which delivers European-made germanium transistor grit, bass-friendly silicon transistor boost, that natural overloaded MOSFET tone, and “ultraclean” JFET boosts along with a 2-band EQ.
Euro5LX LE “Zombie Drip” Bass
Death-metal icon Alex Webster gets the special treatment with a limited-edition run of 12 Spector Euro5LX LE “Zombie Drip” 5-strings. Sporting 24 frets, a walnut center, alder back, three-piece carbon-reinforced maple neck, ebony fingerboard, as well as EMG 40DC active humbuckers and an EMG BQC 3-band preamp, this hot-rodded Euro5LX sets itself apart with a reverse “Zombie Drip” design over a red finish, red-outlines Spector fret inlays, and a red Spector logo.
Low Tension Flexible Flats
Fans of La Bella’s classic Deep Talkin’ flatwounds are the prime target for the company’s new Low Tension Flexible Flats, which boast a lighter and more flexible feel; the hand-wound, hand-polished strings feature round cores with narrower ribbon wire for a smoother feel.
Street 4-string, $50; 5-string, $60
Pursuit, Solo, and Studio Acoustic Bass Guitars
Acoustic instrument builder Breedlove’s three new acoustic bass guitars all have jumbo bodies, nato necks, and pinless bridges, but the devil is in the details. The Pursuit is a 32"-scale ABG with a solid sitka spruce top, sapele laminate back and sides, Fishman ISYS+ electronics, and a USB port. The 34"-scale Solo has a solid cedar top a side-mounted soundhole, as well as an LR Baggs TCV pickup and preamp. The 34"-scale Studio, meanwhile, sports a solid sitka spruce top, sapele laminate back and sides, and a rosewood fretboard.
List Pursuit, $600; Solo, $800; Studio, $900
Electra M-4 Bass
Dutch bass builder Sandberg’s latest vintage-inspired axe is an active/passive 34"-scale 4-string with a single humbucker and a 2-band EQ. The tried-and-true basics—maple neck, 22-fret rosewood board, basswood body—are rounded out by a redburst high-gloss finish and black hardware.