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  • Gear Watch: Ampeg Heritage B-15

    Gear Watch: Ampeg Heritage B-15

    Among a slew of new gear Ampeg released at NAMM this year is the Heritage B-15, a combo that pays homage to former Ampeg VP Jess Oliver’s original flip-top design. Limited to 50 units, the B-15 is hand-built and hand-wired in the U.S. by George Metropolous and his team at Metroamps. The classic design includes... »

  • Jerry Scheff: Elvis Concert Bass Solo

    Jerry Scheff: Elvis Concert Bass Solo

    Here’s a classic clip of bassist Jerry Scheff pouring his soul into a blues solo during a taped performance with Elvis Presley. »

  • Gear Watch: Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal

    Gear Watch: Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal

    Fishman unveiled their new Fission Bass effects pedal at NAMM; a box that adds harmonies to your bass lines, including octave up, 4th and octave up, octave and 5th up, and an octave, 5th, and second octave up combined. The stompbox utilizes 32-bit signal processing and 24-bit audio conversion. Harmonies selected are visually displayed via... »

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  • Jon Smith and Federico Malaman at NAMM 2011: Footprints

    Jon Smith and Federico Malaman at NAMM 2011: Footprints

    While checking out the booths at NAMM, we stumbled upon Jon Smith and Federico Malaman jamming on a couple of Ken Smith basses. Here they treated us to a funky duet of the tune “Footprints.” »

  • NAMM Watch: Part 3

    NAMM Watch: Part 3

    We’re still sorting through plenty of photos and notes from our NAMM trip (and missing the warm weather!). There’s no shortage of gear and artist news left for us to cover, so keep your eyes out for that on our NAMM update page. In the meantime, here are some more photos from the trip. Sam... »

  • Gear Watch: BOSS RC-3 and RC-30 Loop Stations

    Gear Watch: BOSS RC-3 and RC-30 Loop Stations

    To celebrate 10 years since the release of their Loop Station, BOSS has unveiled the RC-3 and RC-30 loopers, each featuring three hours of stereo looping, 99 on-board memory locations, and USB 2.0 connectivity for importing and exporting audio to your computer. A step up from previous loop stations, the new models have multiple inputs,... »

  • Rick James: 6-String Bass Solo

    Rick James: 6-String Bass Solo

    Maybe he’s not the Rick James you’re thinking of, but this Rick James really lays it down on his 6-string in this bass and drums jam. »

  • Mike Gordon Announces March Tour Dates

    Mike Gordon Announces March Tour Dates

    Phish bassist Mike Gordon will be hitting the road again in March in support of his latest solo album, Moss. The 17-date tour will be similar to his November trek, as he begins on the West Coast and works his way across the continental U.S., ending with a show in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar SL 410 Cabinet

    Gear Watch: Aguilar SL 410 Cabinet

    Aguilar Amplification has unveiled their second super light bass cab, the SL 410, designed as a blend of “modern technology with a classic vibe.” Weighing in at 69 pounds, the SL 410 features 4 custom-voiced 10” woofers with 11 oz. Neodymium magnets and a phenolic tweeter with a variable level control. The cab is rated... »

  • Soup or Sound (aka, the Diva Complex)

    Soup or Sound (aka, the Diva Complex)

    Although I was not asked a question relating to the following, a recurring theme came up in several conversations while at the NAMM show last week. I’d like to say first that I had no bad experiences with anyone while hanging at the show. I did hear some fans talk of a few negative experiences... »