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  • Amped: The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers

    Amped: The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers

    Amp guru Dave Hunter has released a new book dedicated to classic amps, offering up a history of the author’s picks for the 60 greatest guitar and bass amps in history. Amped: The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers tells the stories of the 1937 Rickenbacher M11 all the way through the latest Matchless... »

  • Geezer Butler Speaks on the State of the Black Sabbath Reunion

    Geezer Butler Speaks on the State of the Black Sabbath Reunion

    Since its announcement, the Black Sabbath reunion has had nothing but difficulty after difficulty. Plans for a world tour and new album were put on hold after lead guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with Lymphoma, while drummer Bill Ward recently declared his contract unsignable. There’s been no official statement on Ward’s departure, but bassist Geezer... »

  • Simon Fitzpatrick: Solo Bass Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

    Simon Fitzpatrick: Solo Bass Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

    Bass whiz Simon Fitzpatrick has done it again with a jaw-dropping version of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”. This clip comes from a May 22nd performance with the Carl Palmer Band at Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent. The bassist even covers the guitar solo with one handed tapping while keeping the bass line going, eventually... »

  • V-Moda Introduces Faders VIP Tuned Earplugs

    V-Moda Introduces Faders VIP Tuned Earplugs

    V-Moda has expanded their Ear Armor series with their new Faders VIP line of tuned metal earplugs. Available in four sizes, the new earplugs reduce noise levels by 12dB across the spectrum. The fittings are made of medical grade BLISS 3.0 hybrid-silicone to fit any ear extra small, small, medium, and large sizes. Each set... »

  • Carvin Introduces BRX15.3 and BRX18.1 Bass Cabinets

    Carvin Introduces BRX15.3 and BRX18.1 Bass Cabinets

    Carvin has added two new models to their BRX Series bass cabinets: the BRX15.3 and the BRX18.1. Made in the USA, the new cabs are built from Baltic Birch plywood covered in DuraTex and have recessed steel handles as well as caster inserts. The BRX15.3 is a 600-watt 3-way cabinet loaded with a 15˝ woofer,... »

  • Learning the Song – Part 2: Comparing and Contrasting Multiple Versions of a Tune

    Learning the Song – Part 2: Comparing and Contrasting Multiple Versions of a Tune

    Welcome to Part 2 of “Learning the Song.” If you checked out the first part of this series, you’ll be familiar with some of the essential elements of learning a song, such as the key, the chord progressions, the form, and so on. Learning “the song” is a great exercise in ear training, adapting theory... »

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  • Schizophrenic: Oz Noy, Will Lee, Keith Carlock (Live)

    Schizophrenic: Oz Noy, Will Lee, Keith Carlock (Live)

    Ohhhhh yeah. Here’s guitarist Oz Noy’s band, with the awesome pairing of bassist Will Lee and drummer Keith Carlock performing the tune “Schizophrenic” live in Tokyo. The well-named tune switches from funky to rocking and back. Will is definitely laying it down and having fun on this one. »

  • Rex Brown and Kill Devil Hill Release Debut Album

    Rex Brown and Kill Devil Hill Release Debut Album

    Kill Devil Hill’s long awaited self-titled debut is now available from SPV/Steamhammer. The band, comprised of ex-Pantera/Down bassist Rex Brown, drummer Vinny Appice, guitarist Mark Savon and vocalist Jason “Dewey” Bragg finalized its lineup in March of 2011 with the addition of Brown. “Vinny is a brilliant drummer, and of course, I was immediately interested... »

  • Bass of the Week: LeCompte Electric Bass’ Prototype 1.5

    Bass of the Week: LeCompte Electric Bass’ Prototype 1.5

    Texas-based luthier Bud LeCompte has lots of cool designs on his website, but his Prototype 1.5 (aka PT 1.5) really caught our eye. With one foot rooted in the past and one stepping forward, the cool singlecut body shape has LeCompte’s unique style written all over it. “I like a lot of the traditional instruments,... »

  • TC Electronic Now Shipping BG250 Bass Combo

    TC Electronic Now Shipping BG250 Bass Combo

    Announced during this year’s Musikmesse show in Frankfurt, TC Electronic is now shipping their newest bass combo, the BG250. THe 1×15˝ combo is TC’s latest entry in the line up of ultra-light combo, but one that comes with the ability to replace on-board effects using the company’s new TonePrint technology. TonePrint is essentially an effects... »