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  • The Wood Brothers: I Got Loaded

    The Wood Brothers: I Got Loaded

    Ever since the Wood Brothers released their album Live at the Barn, I’ve been listening to them nonstop. One of my favorite songs on the album is “I Got Loaded,” which they also played in this awesome video. The trio, including double bassist Chris Wood, loaded themselves into a horse-drawn carriage and played the song... »

  • AC Guitars Introduces RetroB Bass

    AC Guitars Introduces RetroB Bass

    AC Guitars has unveiled the latest in their bass lineup with the RetroB. The retro-styled bass is a departure from luthier Alan Cringean’s typical designs. “Over the years I have been asked to build copies and have alway turned down the work because it was not something I was interested in, there are more than... »

  • Brad Russell: Steve Vai’s “The Attitude Song” on Bass

    Brad Russell: Steve Vai’s “The Attitude Song” on Bass

    Guitarist Steve Vai is known for his insane playing and fireworks on the instrument. Brad Russell decided to tackle Vai’s style by playing the guitar part to “The Attitude Song” on his four-string bass. From the pinch harmonics to the crazy whammy bar work, Russell brings the fire from the low end. »

  • Bass Transcription: A Little Piece for Jaco

    Bass Transcription: A Little Piece for Jaco

    It’s been a long time since my last transcription because it’s summer here in South America, and I’ve been very busy working and playing. Recently I played with my latest project, , at the Lebu Jazz Festival. It’s a bass-drum duo with a lot of electronica. I also wrote “A Little Piece for Jaco,” for... »

  • YYNOT: YYZ

    YYNOT: YYZ

    This is the one I’ve been waiting for from YYNOT. The virtual Rush cover band has just released their cover of “YYZ.” This is their first video with the band’s new drummer, Chris Moore, who joins bassist Tim Starace and guitarist Billy Alexander. Tim even handles the keyboards on this one, Geddy-style. »

  • D’Addario Announces Chromatic Pedal Tuner

    D’Addario Announces Chromatic Pedal Tuner

    String manufacturer D’Addario has released their first ever pedal tuner. The compact tuner runs on a 32-bit chip, which the company says has four times the processing power of a standard headstock tuner. Its face has colored LED lights to indicate whether you’re sharp, flat, or in tune. It also features true-bypass switching, so the... »

  • Talking Style: Fire on the Bayou

    Talking Style: Fire on the Bayou

    “Fire on the Bayou” might just be my favorite song out of New Orleans. There is a grit and attitude about it that can only be found in New Orleans. The lyrics paint a picture of the New Orleans that I remember seeing on my periphery as a little boy growing up there – observing... »

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  • Thundercat: A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)

    Thundercat: A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)

    Thundercat’s latest album Drunk has been getting rave reviews and for good reason. The songs are hypnotic and the bass playing is on point. Here’s Thundercat performing the song “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)”, live on The Current. The bassist slays on his 6-string hollow body for the song’s groove and his solo. »

  • Voodoo Lab Launches the Dingbat Pedalboard Series

    Voodoo Lab Launches the Dingbat Pedalboard Series

    Voodoo Lab has expanded their pedal-centric offerings with the new Dingbat series of pedalboards. Built in California, the boards come in three sizes and are built for lightweight durability. The series also includes the Dingbat PX, which adds an integrated PX-8 Plus true-bypass pedal switching system. The rig allows for 36 preset pedal combinations at... »

  • Laney Amps Introduces the R500 Head and Combo Amp

    Laney Amps Introduces the R500 Head and Combo Amp

    Laney Amplification spruced up their Richter Series of bass amps with a new look plus two new models. “For this show we’ve taken our original Richter range and we’ve given them a facelift,” a Laney rep told us at the NAMM Show. “Richters 1-4 are in the same cosmetic as the Nexus, but we’ve also... »