Buzz: November 2012

In an effort to help cover the costs of his two-year-old nephew Matthew’s leukemia treatments, Les Claypool put one of his two Pachyderm basses on Ebay.
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In an effort to help cover the costs of his two-year-old nephew Matthew’s leukemia treatments, Les Claypool put one of his two Pachyderm basses on Ebay. The 32”-scale 4-string, designed by Claypool and built by luthier Dan Maloney, has LED position markers, a Kahler tremolo bar, a custom split EMG pickup, and a single control knob. Bidding started at $900 but quickly rose to a winning bid of $50,599.99. Here’s to Uncle Les’ generosity and to a healthy future for Baby Matthew.

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New Gear: November 2012

Besides a 5-band EQ with ±18dB at 50Hz, 160Hz, 630Hz, 2.5kHz, and 12kHz, HAO’s Bass Liner preamp—co-designed by Phil Jones of Phil Jones Bass—offers true-bypass switching, a secondary direct output jack, and a mute switch.

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Lowdown: November 2012

SHEESH. I TAKE THIS EDITORIAL GIG JUST LIKE ANY PLAYING GIG THAT COMES MY WAY— very seriously. Bass Player was there for me when I was a beginning bass player some 20+ years ago, and I owe it to the community at large to do my best to ensure the magazine is of the high quality that we all deserve.

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Court of Opinion: December 2012

Fender recently posted their list of “Five Famous Fender Basses,” which included James Jamerson’s “Funk Machine,” Jaco Pastorius’ “Bass of Doom,” John Entwistle’s “Frankenstein,” Paul Simonon’s London Calling Precision Bass, and Steve Harris’s West Ham United F.C. Precision Bass. What’s on your list?