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  • Birdsong Guitars Introduces Embrace Fretless Bass

    Birdsong Guitars Introduces Embrace Fretless Bass

    Custom shop Birdsong Guitars has introduced a new fretless model called the Embrace. The bass, which was prototyped over several years, is a 32˝ scale fretless neck-through with a single passive soapbar. Described as a “working man’s electric fretless”, the bass is handmade in Texas yet streamlined to offer a price most everyone can reach.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite

    Bass of the Week: Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite

    I get to check out tons of basses every day, but when Anthony Wellington posted the details of his new Fodera my jaw hit the floor. The latest in the renowned bass educator’s collection is a Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite from the New York boutique shop, who stated it’s the “most complex... »

  • Nothing but Bass: Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” All Bass Arrangement

    Nothing but Bass: Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” All Bass Arrangement

    Hold onto your hats. Bruno Masquio took Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and arranged it for nothing but bass. Pretty sweet bass too. »

  • Rudy Sarzo Leaves Blue Oyster Cult

    Rudy Sarzo Leaves Blue Oyster Cult

    Rock legend Rudy Sarzo has left the ranks of Blue Oyster Cult, he revealed in an upcoming interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. The bassist, whose resume includes work with Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, and Whitesnake, said his departure was on good terms. “Due to my scheduling with other projects that I’m doing, it became a... »

  • Fender Introduces CB-100CE Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Fender Introduces CB-100CE Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Fender has upped their acoustic bass game this summer with the CB-100CE. The dreadnought cutaway bass sports a spruce top with scalloped X bracing and mother-of-pearl acrylic rosette. The mahogany neck’s profile is styled after that of a Jazz Bass and has a dual-action truss rod for proper adjustments. Its bridge is rosewood and has... »

  • Climbing Out of that Rut: A Guide for Musicians

    Climbing Out of that Rut: A Guide for Musicians

    Q: I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in a rut lately. Do you have any advice for how to climb out of this thing?? A: To start, I want to say that ruts can be a good thing, because they’re usually followed by a breakthrough. The trick is that you have to push your way... »

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  • Charnett Moffett: Star Spangled Banner

    Charnett Moffett: Star Spangled Banner

    Bassist Charnett Moffett takes his upright bass and channels some Hendrix in this all-bass rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”. Happy fourth! »

  • Asia Releases “XXX”

    Asia Releases “XXX”

    Eighties supergroup Asia is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new album entitled XXX. Featuring members of Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles, the band’s current lineup includes bassist/vocalist John Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Carl Palmer, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. The new release is being hailed as their best since their breakthrough... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Kurt Skrivseth

    Reader Spotlight: Kurt Skrivseth

    Meet bassist/multi-instrumentalist Kurt Skrivseth, a musician hailing from Montana. Kurt’s story is a great one, including having performed with both Slash and Snoop Dogg. His gear list is pretty GAS-inducing too. But most impressive is Kurt’s story of overcoming injury to pursue his dream of music and playing bass. Kurt turned this into an asset... »

  • Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited Edition Relic La Cabronita “Boracho” Bass

    Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited Edition Relic La Cabronita “Boracho” Bass

    Fender’s Custom Shop has unveiled their 2012 Limited Edition Models, including the Limited Edition Relic La Cabronita “Boracho” Bass. Bringing together elements of the Porazzo and its sister Boracha, the Boracho sports a reversed Jazzmaster body with added mass. Couple that with a custom T.V. Jones Thunderblade pickup and you get what Fender says is... »