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  • Gear Review: The Basswitch IQ DI

    Gear Review: The Basswitch IQ DI

    Ruppert Musical Instruments dubs their Basswitch IQ DI the “Swiss Army Knife for Bass Players”, and I have to agree. The device is just now available in the U.S. The device indeed is many things in one: A/B box: Allows you to have to instruments plugged in for fast switching on stage Clean Boost: Engage... »

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  • Traynor Announces New 300-Watt Tube Monster Bass Head

    Traynor Announces New 300-Watt Tube Monster Bass Head

    Traynor has released their newest bass head, the YBA300. The YBA300 is an 300-watt, all-tube amp designed for touring bassists. The amp features rear panel tube bias adjustments with an LED display to aid in fine-tuning the power tubes. The LEDs on the rear show proper tube function and status. If a tube fails during... »

  • Franck Hermanny: Ashula Bass Demo

    Franck Hermanny: Ashula Bass Demo

    When we first covered Ibanez’s Ashula bass, readers went pretty crazy for it. Here’s bassist Franck Hermanny demonstrating this unusual bass with some nifty playing. »

  • Modern Worship: Bass Play-Along

    Modern Worship: Bass Play-Along

    Hal Leonard’s latest in the Bass Play-Along series focuses on modern day Christian worship music. Modern Worship: Bass Play-Along Vol. 37 includes 8 songs in both standard notation and tab, and includes the complete chord charts for each song. As with all books in this series, Modern Worship includes an enhanced CD, playable in any... »

  • “3 of a Perfect Pair” Camp to Feature Tony Levin

    “3 of a Perfect Pair” Camp to Feature Tony Levin

    Tony Levin will be part of the faculty at the “3 of a Perfect Pair” Music Camp, which will also feature fellow King Crimson allies Adrian Belew and Pat Mastelotto. The camp is open to all musicians (and non-musicians) and provides an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with the musicians including masterclasses, chats, and even bonfires.... »

  • Ernie Ball Offers Test Run of Music Man Stingray 5-String Bass with 19mm Spacing

    Ernie Ball Offers Test Run of Music Man Stingray 5-String Bass with 19mm Spacing

    Based on popular demand, Ernie Ball is offering a limited test run of the SLO Special 5, a Music Man Stingray 5-string bass with 19-mm string spacing. The company says it must receive 125 pre-orders between now and July 12, 2011 to put the instruments into production. If the orders are met, it will become... »

  • The Wood Brothers: Shoofly Pie

    The Wood Brothers: Shoofly Pie

    In advance of their upcoming third album, the Wood Brothers have released a music video for the first single called “Shoofly Pie.” Featuring bassist Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), the music is a cool southern-rock-tinged groove with a psychedelic twist for the video. »

  • Yes Releases Fly From Here

    Yes Releases Fly From Here

    Yes has released their first studio album in 10 years entitled Fly From Here, which is available now through download with physical copies coming July 12. The project started over a conversation between bassist Chris Squire and producer Trevor Horn about a song called “We Can Fly From Here” that the group worked on but... »