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  • Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

    Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

    Fender’s Bassman series of bass amplifiers has gotten bigger with the introduction of the Bassman 800 Head. The 800-watt, dual channel amp features a hybrid design with a tube preamp matched to a Class D power section. It weighs 17 pounds. Its two-channel tube preamp has Vintage and Overdrive voicings. The Vintage channel provides a... »

  • Progger: Big Trouble

    Progger: Big Trouble

    The last time we shared a video by Progger, it featured bassist Bryan Ladd. Here’s another video by the band – and their original Austin, Texas lineup, which includes bassist Nicholas Clark. The song “Big Trouble” appears on the band’s album, . »

  • MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1

    MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1

    Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra contemporary big band, which interprets the work of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, has released MONK’estra Vol. 1. Beasley is a Monk aficionado and serves as music director for the Monk Institute’s gala concerts, like International Jazz Day and the Monk Institute’s annual competition galas. Since 2013, the MONK’estra... »

  • Cog Effects Expands Octave Pedal Series

    Cog Effects Expands Octave Pedal Series

    Cog Effects has expanded their analog octave pedal lineup with two new pedals – the T-47 and T-70 – and an update to the T-65 model. “I wanted to make a range of octave pedals that provide valid solutions to guitarists and particularly bassists who are being more and more innovative with the pedals that... »

  • Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has always stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. The Danish bassist was building her own artistic empire with her band and a pair of solo albums when Prince handpicked her to be his bassist. Starting in 2010, Nielsen toured... »

  • Pete Cottrell: Kinetic (Bass and Guitar Switch)

    Pete Cottrell: Kinetic (Bass and Guitar Switch)

    Sometimes we hear something along the lines of “get that guy a guitar” when we feature a bassist playing an instrument with more than 4-strings/piccolo strings/playing solo bass. But we’ve never heard the opposite, until now. Pete Cottrell plays an 8-string guitar, and people have asked him, “why don’t you just play the bass?” So... »

  • 1976 Jerry Garcia Band Live Recording Released

    1976 Jerry Garcia Band Live Recording Released

    The latest entry in the GarciaLive archival series presents the Jerry Garcia Band, in one of its most durable iterations, in a newly rediscovered recording from 1976. GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th, 1976, Sophie’s, Palo Alto, features Garcia’s longtime collaborator John Kahn (who also worked with Garcia in Old and in the Way and died... »

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  • MakeMusic Launches Finale v.25

    MakeMusic Launches Finale v.25

    MakeMusic has released version 25 of their popular music notation software, Finale. The new update carries several improvements including the transition to being a 64-bit application, making it more efficient and capable of handling 64-bit sound libraries. It also includes improved workflow and program support. “Features added in this release include transposed note entry, large... »

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Bass

    Getting the Most Out of Your Bass

    Q: I use a Fender American Standard Jazz bass and have Labella Flats on it. It’s a great bass, but not suitable for the type of genres that I play. I am seeking for a fatter and tighter sound, as deep as possible but with a lot of clarity. I have been looking into different... »

  • House Of Waters: In Waves

    House Of Waters: In Waves

    Here’s another band I recently discovered that just blew me away. House of Waters features the trio of Hammered Dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT, bassist Moto Fukushima and percussionist Luke Notary. Members of the band have some impressive credentials too. Fukushima has performed with Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Karsh Kale, Dave Weckl, Joe Lovano and countless... »