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  • Bass Gear Round-Up: The Most Popular Gear for September 2012

    Bass Gear Round-Up: The Most Popular Gear for September 2012

    Our bass gear coverage made up a good part of the top 10 most read stories overall in September. Here is your complete list of top 10 gear stories for the month. As always, these lists come with a warning… may cause GAS. 1. Gibson Announces Grabber 3: ’70s Tribute Bass Gibson first introduced the... »

  • Höfner Unveils Limited Edition Black Violin Bass

    Höfner Unveils Limited Edition Black Violin Bass

    As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, Höfner has unveiled a limited edition Black Violin Bass. The new bass shares many of the specs of the company’s ‘61 Cavern bass but utilizes closely spaced single coil “Toaster” pickups that were only used in 1960. Finished in a sleek thin coat gloss black, its dark motif... »

  • Lee Rocker: “Rockabilly Boogie” Animated Video

    Lee Rocker: “Rockabilly Boogie” Animated Video

    Slick back your pompadour, get your leather jacket and check out former Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker’s new animated music video for the song “Rockabilly Boogie.” »

  • Chris Minh Doky and The Nomads Announce Worldwide Fall Tour

    Chris Minh Doky and The Nomads Announce Worldwide Fall Tour

    Bassist Chris Minh Doky has announced a Fall tour with his group the Nomads, which includes drummer Dave Weckl, guitarist Dean Brown and keyboardist George Whitty. Starting October 1st at the Iridium in New York City, the tour will take the quartet across the world with further stops in the U.S., Mexico, Denmark, Norway, and... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Adds Utility Pedals to Next Step Series

    Electro-Harmonix Adds Utility Pedals to Next Step Series

    Electro-Harmonix has added to their Next Step Effects series with three new utility pedals. Similar to the rest of the line, the new volume, expression and pan pedals have no moving parts and feature a smooth rocking chassis to control the effect. The Next Step Volume Pedal controls the volume of an instrument. Powered by... »

  • Play Other Instruments! Such as… Guitar

    Play Other Instruments! Such as… Guitar

    In the previous column, we introduced an exciting concept: the importance of learning your way around on a few other instruments. Aside from being able to sit down at a piano or pick up an acoustic guitar, a bit of musical variety can influence your approach to the bass. Having some basic knowledge of piano... »

  • Mathieu Verlot: “Little Wing” Live Double Bass Arrangement

    Mathieu Verlot: “Little Wing” Live Double Bass Arrangement

    Bassist Mathieu Verlot really impresses with this video he shared with us, taking the Hendrix classic “Little Wing” and turning it into an epic bass-fest. All four of the bass parts were improvised by Mathieu, and the drums were added after the bass recordings were completed. Mathieu said he’s working on his solo project, and... »

  • The Bad Plus Release “Made Possible”

    The Bad Plus Release “Made Possible”

    The Bad Plus have released their eighth studio album, Made Possible, on the Entertainment One Music label. The effort may mark a new era for the band as they chose to include electronic percussion and synthesizers, which is a first for their traditionally acoustic sonic palette. The new layer was brought in mostly by bassist... »

  • Bass of the Week: Aural II by Meridian Guitars

    Bass of the Week: Aural II by Meridian Guitars

    Based in Avezzano, Italy, the luthiers at Meridian Guitars know a thing or two about style. That’s evidenced in their Aural II bass, and though each one is built to order, this particular Aural II really struck me. The pickups include a pair of Meridian’s magnetic pickups as well as a Roland GK-3 MIDI controller.... »

  • Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 2)

    Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 2)

    Since his first solo album, released in 1996, Victor Wooten has been intimately involved in the recording, producing and mixing of all his albums — part of a growing trend among musicians. From the mid-nineties forward, more and more artists have been getting their hands involved in the recording process. The introduction of the ADAT... »