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  • Bass Of the Week: Xylem 5-String Black Limba Bass

    Bass Of the Week: Xylem 5-String Black Limba Bass

    This week we’re featuring a beautiful custom Xylem 5-string bass. This particular bass is a neck-through design featuring a black limba body with a bookmatched macassar ebony top, accented with bocote and maple. The quartersawn neck is bird’s eye maple and has an ebony fretboard and custom inlays of a tomoe and falling leaves. All... »

  • The Rise of Blast Cult

    The Rise of Blast Cult

    After settling up with customers left from the demise of King Doublebass brand, luthier Jason Burns went to work to create a new upright venture catering to the alternative bassist. Blast Cult officially launched this month with their One4Five model bass, a design cultivated from Burns’ 20 years of building. Among the first instruments built... »

  • Steve Metcalf: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop” Upright Bass Cover

    Steve Metcalf: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop” Upright Bass Cover

    Mind blown. Bassist Steve Metcalf, an undergraduate performance major studying at Indiana University recorded this (almost) all-bass version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tune “Can’t Stop”. Steve says he creates these videos “to escape from the world of orchestral excerpts”. Keep ’em coming, Steve. Steve posted the MP3 version of the tune, available as... »

  • Victor Wooten Releases The Music Lesson Soundtrack

    Victor Wooten Releases The Music Lesson Soundtrack

    Victor Wooten has released The Music Lesson Soundtrack. The album, which is the first all-original release for his new VIX Records label, is culled from the audio version of his book of the same title and is only available digitally. Wooten describes the album as the “largest musical project [he has] ever completed to date.”... »

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  • Reed James Custom Pickups Introduces RJE NEO Neodymium Bass Pickups

    Reed James Custom Pickups Introduces RJE NEO Neodymium Bass Pickups

    Reed James Custom Pickups has announced the RJE Neos, new soap-bar style neodymium pickups. Made in the USA, the pickups have a modern sound, described by the manufacturer as “warm, punchy and very clear.” The RJE Neo pickups are available for 4- through 6-string basses and feature CNC machined black ABS plastic covers with a... »

  • A Guide for the Self-Taught Bassist

    A Guide for the Self-Taught Bassist

    Q: I’m in the middle of high-school, and I’m really thinking of pursuing bass as a career. However, with a lack of decent teachers around, I’ve turned to teaching myself. But there’s so much to cover… where do I start? A: I would first suggest that you continue to keep your eyes and ears open... »

  • R.E.M. Announce Split

    R.E.M. Announce Split

    Thirty-one years and fifteen albums after forming in Athens, Georgia, the rock icons of R.E.M. are calling it quits. The trio, whose latest album Collapse Into Now came out earlier this year, broke the news in a statement on their website explaining that they “walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and... »

  • Dream Theater: YTSE Jam, Live in 2004

    Dream Theater: YTSE Jam, Live in 2004

    Dream Theater celebrated the 15th anniversary of their debut record, When Dream and Day Unite, in 2004 by performing the album in its entirety. The instrumental “YTSE Jam” has some fancy fretwork by bassist John Myung, as he plays the melody with guitarist John Petrucci. Unfortunately, the camera guys don’t focus on Myung during the... »

  • Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol. 1

    Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol. 1

    Miles Davis toured Europe many times during the 1960s with some of the most legendary bands of his career. Sony/Legacy is introducing some previously unreleased footage from that era, with a new series of “bootleg” recordings. Live in Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 features Davis’ “second quintet”, including the all-star cast of... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Ade Heslop

    Reader Spotlight: Ade Heslop

    Meet Ade Heslop, a bassist from Northampton who went from glam rock in the 80’s to pop/rock/indie currently. Ade is our player in the spotlight for September 20, 2011. Bio: Ade Heslop, aka Tenacious Ade and never one to ‘let it go’, is the diving force behind Northampton covers band BOXEDDY. I’ve done a lot,... »