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  • Reeves Amplification Releases Custom 400 Tube Amp

    Reeves Amplification Releases Custom 400 Tube Amp

    Reeves Amplification has released a new bass tube amp called the Custom 400. Made in the U.S., the head unit features four 12AX7 preamp tubes and six KT88 power tubes pushing out 400 watts. It also includes one 12AT7 phase inverter tube. The Custom 400 has Bright and Normal inputs, with separate volume controls for... »

  • Höfner Violin “Beatle” Bass Book – 2011 Edition

    Höfner Violin “Beatle” Bass Book – 2011 Edition

    This year marks the 55th anniversary of Walter Höfner’s 500/1 Höfner Violin Bass, made famous by Paul McCartney and dubbed by many as the “Beatle bass”. Author Joe Dunn has updated his guide to the bass, with the 2011 edition of Höfner Violin “Beatle” Bass, the only one dedicated to the instrument. The updated edition... »

  • Shane Lentz: Bass Solo, Tapping, Shredding

    Shane Lentz: Bass Solo, Tapping, Shredding

    In this video, bassist Shane Lentz shows off a bunch of the bass parts for tunes played by his band, Kamikabe. Hold on to your hat! Shane’s bass is tuned down several steps, with lowered action and Dean Markley Blue Steel 45 – 105 bass strings. »

  • Furthur Announces Summer Tour, Live Webcast Concert

    Furthur Announces Summer Tour, Live Webcast Concert

    Furthur, featuring former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir, have announced a summer tour spanning July 14-31. The group will be starting in West Virginia at the All Good Festival, making their way up and down the East Coast, eventually landing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia. Besides All Good,... »

  • Petros Klampanis Releases Contextual

    Petros Klampanis Releases Contextual

    Bassist/composer/arranger Petros Klampanis has released his debut album, Contextual, on Inner Circle Music. The ten track collection includes a mix of original compositions and covers, including a rousing rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” featuring the vocals by Gretchen Parlato. Klampanis also tackles electric bassist Gary Willis’ “The Necessary Blonde” with a string quartet arrangement. Among... »

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  • Dean Releases USA Hillsboro 1000 Bass Guitar

    Dean Releases USA Hillsboro 1000 Bass Guitar

    Dean Guitars has unveiled the USA Thousand Series, a new line of U.S.-made instruments. While focused primarily on guitars, Dean is issuing a 1000 version of their new Hillsboro bass with several options to suit, including 4 and 5-string models. The USA Hillsboro 1000 is a double cutaway design featuring an alder top and body... »

  • An Interview with Gerald Veasley

    An Interview with Gerald Veasley

    Attend just one of Gerald Veasley‘s Bass Bootcamps, and you’ll likely call yourself a Bootcamper for life. BBC, as the attendees call it, just celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, with Veasley maintaining a very active role. In addition to an impressive line-up of clinicians, bassists Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke stopped by to check... »

  • Christian McBride: Live Fretless Solo

    Christian McBride: Live Fretless Solo

    Christian McBride on fretless! Here, McBride takes a solo on the Pat Metheny tune “James”, with Metheny’s trio. »

  • Groove 101

    Groove 101

    Sylvan Bolduc has released Groove 101, an instructional book and audio DVD containing 260 grooves and exercises to teach just about every musical style. Written in musical notation and tabs, the 90-page book aims to also improve your overall groove and “inner clock.” Included with the audio examples are detailed listings of each bass used,... »

  • Warner Bros. Releases Tutu, Deluxe Edition

    Warner Bros. Releases Tutu, Deluxe Edition

    Warner Bros. is re-issuing the 1986 Miles Davis hit album, Tutu, in a new deluxe edition. The album, which features considerable work by bassist/multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller. This was Davis’ first release with Warner Bros., after he shocked the music world by ending a 30 year relationship with Columbia. The backstory behind this album is interesting.... »