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  • Video Premiere: Petros Klampanis’s “Shades of Magenta”

    Video Premiere: Petros Klampanis’s “Shades of Magenta”

    Today we’re proud to premiere a video for the song “Shades of Magenta” by bassist Petros Klampanis. This beautiful piece of music is a live recording from his latest album, , out now on Motema Music. “‘Shades of Magenta’ is about happiness,” the bassist writes. “We tend to forget how to appreciate small everyday things... »

  • Old School: 1964 Egmond Princess Bass

    Old School: 1964 Egmond Princess Bass

    Steve Leggett reached out to me with the story of a special bass: his 1964 Egmond Princess. Steve shares the history of this bass, including some great details on the company behind it. Make/Model/Year? It’s an Egmond Princess bass from 1964. How long have you owned it? Just over nine years now. How did you... »

  • Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: First Fragment’s “Gula” Playthrough

    Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: First Fragment’s “Gula” Playthrough

    I hope you’re sitting down for this one. Dominic “Forest” Lapointe’s playthrough for his band First Fragment’s song “Gula” is killer. Originally recorded by Vincent Savary, the song kicks off with a monster fretless tapping line before jumping into a supportive role. Lapointe’s left hand technique and musicality are just incredible. »

  • Mark King Joins Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome

    Mark King Joins Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome

    Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland has put together a new group called Gizmodrome, and he picked some heavy hitters to join him. The band is rounded out by Italian keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, guitarist Adrian Belew, and Level 42 bassist Mark King. The project will release their self-titled debut album on September 15th, 2017. Gizmodrome started... »

  • Bassics BPA-1 Preamp Now Shipping

    Bassics BPA-1 Preamp Now Shipping

    Diffusion Audio is now shipping the Bassics BPA-1 analog bass preamp. Designed by studio equipment designer Malcolm Toft, the BPA-1 packs a preamp, tone controls, and compression into a floor unit with footswitches for each section. It has two inputs with two low-noise pickup amplifiers with individual level controls. The three-band EQ has Low Bass,... »

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  • Should I Quit the Bass? A Discussion on Burn Out (and More)

    Should I Quit the Bass? A Discussion on Burn Out (and More)

    Q: I’m a semi-pro bassist of 15 years and have been playing for about 25 now, I’ve been with my current band for nearly six years and are about to release our second album. For the past two years, I’ve not been very happy playing, and it is a real conflict because of how much... »

  • Whose Hat Is This?: Untitled

    Whose Hat Is This?: Untitled

    The musicians in the Tedeschi Trucks Band can throw down on some southern soul grooves, but they also have a love for free improv. Four members of the group – including Tim Lefebvre, Kebbi Williams, J.J. Johnson, Tyler Greenwell – formed a project called Whose Hat Is This? to let their creativity run wild. Here... »

  • James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction

    James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction

    If you’ve been online recently, you’ll know the most talked about story in the bass community in the last month has been the auction for a bass previously owned by James Jamerson. Owned by the Motown genius from 1962 until approximately 1968, the 1961 Fender Precision was reportedly given to fellow Detroit bassist Billy Hayes... »

  • Cort Introduces the GB74JJ Bass

    Cort Introduces the GB74JJ Bass

    Cort has expanded their GB7 series of guitars and basses with the GB74JJ, a jazz-style bass that they describe as integrating both modern and classic aspects. That blend is centered in its pair of VTB-ST pickups that are fitted into a swamp ash body. “Crafted with winding materials that maximize high and low frequencies, the... »

  • Damian Coccio: Cliffs of Aquinnah

    Damian Coccio: Cliffs of Aquinnah

    Damian Coccio is back with a new tune, called “Cliffs of Aquinnah,” which is planned to be part of his next solo bass album coming out this year. »