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  • Reader Spotlight: Deoindra Harrell

    Reader Spotlight: Deoindra Harrell

    Meet Deoindra Harrell, a young bassist who caught our attention with her love for bass. It is a love that runs so deep she said, “I honestly feel like I could care less what bass I’m playing, just as long as I have a bass guitar in my hands.” To us, that’s what it is... »

  • Ibanez Introduces Gary Willis Fretted Signature Bass

    Ibanez Introduces Gary Willis Fretted Signature Bass

    Ibanez has added a new fretted model to the Gary Willis Signature series. The GWB35FDBKF is the first fretted Willis signature model and will be available as a limited edition instrument. The five-string bass is built with a three-piece maple neck topped with an ebony fretboard with off-set white dot inlays. The basswood body is... »

  • Fernando Molinari: Destrambelhado

    Fernando Molinari: Destrambelhado

    Fernando Molinari sent us this smoking playalong clip of the song “Destrambelhado” from his first CD. The bassist mixes fingerstyle, slap, and strumming to drive the fusion track. »

  • Apogee Unveils Groove USB Digital-To-Audio Converter

    Apogee Unveils Groove USB Digital-To-Audio Converter

    Digital audio company Apogee has unveiled the Groove, a portable USB digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp for listening to music on your computer. The device utilizes their recording quality audio conversion to provide ample power and sound quality. “A [digital-to-analog converter] takes the digital information on your computer and translates it into analog sound you... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Martin Keith Guitars Elfin Hollowbody

    Bass of the Week: Martin Keith Guitars Elfin Hollowbody

    Martin Keith took on the singlecut body design with his Elfin model, and this week we take a look at its hollowbody version. The five-string bass is built entirely like an acoustic instrument with functionality for electric players. The Elfin’s body, which measures 14 inches wide and 3 inches deep, is built with maple sides... »

  • Isaias Elpes: Sexual Healing (Reimagined)

    Isaias Elpes: Sexual Healing (Reimagined)

    Isaias Elpes sent me this video of an interesting and reimagined take on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Playing to the vocal track, Isaias adds bass, guitar and keys to his version through his “Meetings Project”. “Music is more than an artistic expression is the possibility of the improbable and timeless meeting,” he shared. This is... »

  • Lorenzo Feliciati Releases “Koi”

    Lorenzo Feliciati Releases “Koi”

    Progressive music fans take note: bassist Lorenzo Feliciati has released Koi, a 12-song concept album based on the life the river carp fish. Blending progressive rock and ambient soundscapes, the record features a host of guest musicians including Japan drummer Steve Jansen and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto. “Traditional Chinese folktales tell the story of... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Michael Manring Podcast, New Basses, Top Videos, New School Playing, Thumb Exercises and More

    Weekly Top 10: Michael Manring Podcast, New Basses, Top Videos, New School Playing, Thumb Exercises and More

    We tend to agree with the reader favorites each week, and this week is no exception. From the Snarky Puppy video to the new Groove podcast conversation with Michael Manring – and all the rest, here is one terrific top 10 list. 1. Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: The Curtain I’m not sure there’s a... »

  • NS Design Introduces WAV4 Radius Bass

    NS Design Introduces WAV4 Radius Bass

    NS Design has expanded their bass guitar offering even further with the introduction of the WAV4 Radius, a bass that follows the design of their Radius series with a more accessible price point. It carries many of the same features of its predecessors, including a diradial body, a headless design with self-clamping tuning system, an... »

  • Bela Fleck and The Flecktones: Stomping Grounds (1996)

    Bela Fleck and The Flecktones: Stomping Grounds (1996)

    On December 26, 1996, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones appeared on The Conan O’Brien Show to promote their album, Live Art. They played “Stomping Grounds”, which is a terrific showcase for Victor Wooten and the rest of the band. »