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  • Source Audio Now Shipping Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator

    Source Audio Now Shipping Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator

    Source Audio’s Soundblox 2 lineup has gotten a little spacier with the Orbital Modulator, a combination phaser, flanger, chorus and tremolo pedal designed for both bass and guitar. Housed in a cast-aluminum 4.5˝ by 4.5˝ chassis, the new stompbox offers plenty of tweakability with nine adjustable parameters including Depth, Feedback, Delay, Frequency, Volume, LoRetain (Source... »

  • Playing Bass: To Right a Left or Leave It Right

    Playing Bass: To Right a Left or Leave It Right

    Q: I have been playing right-handed ever since I started playing bass, even though I am a left-handed person. Recently though, I have noticed (by messing around) that when I switch the bass around, I can pull off previously difficult techniques a lot better with my left hand, right off the bat. I am considering... »

  • Christian McBride Trio: Cherokee

    Christian McBride Trio: Cherokee

    My buddy Andrew shared this on Facebook with the caption “Sweet Sassy Molassy,” and I couldn’t put it better myself. Here’s bass master Christian McBride with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens ripping through the jazz standard “Cherokee”. The recording starts on the bridge, which the trio drops into a cool waltz feel as... »

  • Clutch Releases 10th Studio Album, “Earth Rocker”

    Clutch Releases 10th Studio Album, “Earth Rocker”

    Clutch’s long awaited 10th studio album, Earth Rocker, is now available on the band’s own Weathermaker label. The latest effort continues the band’s eclectic southern rock-inspired mix, and pushes the envelope with higher tempos and more aggressive grooves. Bassist Dan Maines explains Clutch’s approach was to not overthink and to just keep writing hard rocking... »

  • Bass of the Week: Amfisound “Hellbass”

    Bass of the Week: Amfisound “Hellbass”

    Our friend Greg B. emailed me with a few shots of his bass, and I couldn’t wait to share it. Greg’s axe was built by Finnish luthier Sampo Leppävuori of Amfisound, who based it after their Kuru model. The six-stringer – dubbed the “Hellbass” – has two personalities. The first is a gorgeous, bright red... »

  • 101 Proof: An Interview with Rex Brown

    101 Proof: An Interview with Rex Brown

    Ten years after the band’s split, bassist Rex Brown has completely opened up about his time in the iconic metal outfit Pantera. His new autobiography, Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera, delves into his own youth, the band’s formation, rise and fall, the death of guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and his struggles... »

  • Stefano Francazio: Lungo il Sentiero

    Stefano Francazio: Lungo il Sentiero

    Our Facebook friend Laura Palumbo sent this video to us, featuring Stefano Francazio performing a solo bass piece he wrote named “Lungo il Sentiero”. Love the tone, and the tune. »

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  • In Memoriam: Philip Kubicki

    In Memoriam: Philip Kubicki

    Philip Kubicki, creator of the Factor Bass, has passed away after a battle with cancer. The renowned luthier spent nine years at Fender in their R&D department before creating his own brand. Kubicki first realized his fascination with instruments at his grandparents’ house. “When I was young – perhaps 12 or 13 years old –... »

  • GFS Pickups Introduces REDactive Bass Pickups

    GFS Pickups Introduces REDactive Bass Pickups

    GFS Pickups has announced new REDactive series of pickups, including Jazz and P Bass styles. The pickups are low impedance, noiseless models with internal preamplifiers. Each pickup is vintage voiced and “position calibrated” by their coils and the internal preamplifier. Beyond standard configurations, each pickup can be matched with REDactive components including pots, jacks, caps,... »

  • Michał Grott: Preludio

    Michał Grott: Preludio

    This video features Polish bassist Michał Grott, first in a band situation and then performing a piece for solo bass called “Preludio”. Nice harmonic work and the tapping is pretty cool too. »