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  • HAO Introduces Bass Liner Preamp Pedal

    HAO Introduces Bass Liner Preamp Pedal

    Japanese boutique pedal company HAO has unveiled the Bass Liner Preamp pedal. Co-designed with Phil Jones of Phil Jones Bass, the stompbox-sized preamp offers a 5-band EQ, Level control, and an Input Gain control to suit any bass. The 5-band EQ provides 18 dB of cut/boost at 50 Hz, 160 Hz, 630 Hz, 2.5 kHz... »

  • The Police: Sting’s Isolated Bass on “Next To You”

    The Police: Sting’s Isolated Bass on “Next To You”

    In 1978, the Police debuted with the release of Outlandos d’Amour, an album dominated by punk influences. The opening track, “Next To You,” is a perfect example of this, especially when you hear the isolated bass line from Sting. The muted notes really act like a train engine, and gives greater impact to the end... »

  • Ray Riendeau’s Star Monarchy Releases Debut Album

    Ray Riendeau’s Star Monarchy Releases Debut Album

    Ray Riendeau’s new project, “Star Monarchy”, has released their debut album, entitled Volume 1. Written and produced by the bassist himself, the new album covers metal, modern rock, and progressive styles with a plethora of artists from their respected rock genres. Riendeau, whose own resume includes laying down the low end for Rob Halford and... »

  • Two Notes Audio Engineering Introduces Torpedo C.A.B.

    Two Notes Audio Engineering Introduces Torpedo C.A.B.

    Two Notes Audio Engineering has introduced the Torpedo C.A.B., a stompbox styled cab simulator designed for bass and guitar. The C.A.B. is placed after all your effects pedals in your signal chain and takes the place of an amp by plugging straight into the mixing board. Among the bass cab simulations are presets based on... »

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  • Esperanza Spalding Issues Tour Update

    Esperanza Spalding Issues Tour Update

    Esperanza Spalding will be taking a quick break from her Radio Music Society World Tour for a few dates with Us Five, a jazz quintet led by saxophonist Joe Lovano. The group, filled out by James Weidman, Otis Brown III, and Francisco Mela, will be playing at Scullers in Boston and the Roots ‘N Blues... »

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea’s Isolated Bass on “Scar Tissue”

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea’s Isolated Bass on “Scar Tissue”

    Flea can be a crazy funk-rock bassist, but here we get a look into the mellower side of the bassist with his isolated bass track from “Scar Tissue” from the 1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers album Californication. He sets a steady groove with some nice higher melodic content. Interestingly, you can hear the use of... »

  • Columbia Releases “Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975”

    Columbia Releases “Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975”

    Columbia Records “Complete” box set series rolls on this summer with the introduction of another Weather Report-focused release. Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975 kicks off with the legendary group’s original line up, anchored by bassist Miroslav Vitous, and ends up the group’s second incarnation, with bassist Alphonso Johnson. The set packages together remastered... »

  • Italia Introduces the Imola Bass Guitar

    Italia Introduces the Imola Bass Guitar

    Italia’s new bass, the Imola, is described as “part 60s and part 21st century.” The bass features a korina body with acoustic chambering, and an f-hole. Finish options include Black and Tobacco Sunburst. The Imola’s hard rock maple neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard. Pickups on the bass are a pair of Wilkinson WBJs,... »

  • I Wish I Knew That: Making The Music Better

    I Wish I Knew That: Making The Music Better

    Let’s face it, sometimes we find ourselves in not-so-ideal playing situations. In a perfect world, we would always have our favorite drummer on the gig and could lock in and groove all night long. We would never have to compete with the busy left hand of a keyboard player, stay alert during the 15-minute guitar... »

  • Cliff Burton: Metallica’s “Orion” Isolated Bass

    Cliff Burton: Metallica’s “Orion” Isolated Bass

    “Orion” is a heavy metal masterpiece, mostly due to the incredible bass work by the late Cliff Burton. Released on the groundbreaking 1986 album Master of Puppets, the instrumental track is the band’s most progressive work up to that point. Burton plays “lead bass” throughout, with in-your-face distortion and wicked solos. The interlude changes the... »