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  • NS Design Announces the NS WAV Omni Bass

    NS Design Announces the NS WAV Omni Bass

    NS Design’s WAV series got a little bigger this year with the addition of the NS WAV Omni bass, which debuted at the 2017 Summer NAMM show. The new model brings the Omni design, which has an upright bass design with the 34-inch scale of an electric bass, to the company’s most affordable WAV series.... »

  • Toshi Clinch Big Band: Spank-A-Lee

    Toshi Clinch Big Band: Spank-A-Lee

    Toshi Clinch sent us this terrific video (and arrangement) of his big band performing Herbie Hancock’s “Spank-A-Lee.” “The video features LA/Nashville session musician Pat Coil. On bass is Henry Beal, who is the bassist behind the House of Cards theme,” Clinch shared. Beal grooves through the entire tune with some incredible lines and tone. The... »

  • Gaudi Features Levin, Laswell, Edwin and More on New Album

    Gaudi Features Levin, Laswell, Edwin and More on New Album

    London-based music producer Gaudi has tapped a wealth of bassists for his latest album, entitled Magnetic. Drawing inspiration from the RareNoise Records catalog, the composer blends electronica, rock, jazz, and ambient music for a tapestry of sounds. “It is not a departure from the Gaudi we know and love,” a press release states, “however, Magnetic... »

  • Bass of the Week: Guild Starfire II

    Bass of the Week: Guild Starfire II

    This week we’re checking out the Starfire II from Guild. The iconic semi-hollow bass first debuted in 1967 where it was used by artists like Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. It was reintroduced in 2015 to the delight of many a bass player. Central to the Starfire II’s design is... »

  • Victor Wooten: FretTraX MIDI Bass Demo

    Victor Wooten: FretTraX MIDI Bass Demo

    Back in March, James Ross created this video for Jross-tv. I don’t know how I missed it, but it has been blowing up recently on Facebook. In this video, Victor Wooten demos FretTraX MIDI’s mod of one of his Fodera basses, by Lee Young. The mod was pretty extensive, as the neck had to be... »

  • King Crimson Announces U.S. Fall Tour

    King Crimson Announces U.S. Fall Tour

    If you missed King Crimson’s mighty “double quartet formation” earlier this year, you’re in luck. The iconic prog-rock band has unveiled tour dates for the fall that will cover the East Coast and Midwest with a special Texas concert in the mix. “The new dates see the group performing in some states and cities that... »

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  • Ibanez Adds More BTB Bass Models for 2017

    Ibanez Adds More BTB Bass Models for 2017

    Ibanez has further expanded their BTB model range with several incarnations. This summer they expanded the BTB700 series with four and seven-string models, plus their BTB Premium line will now have options for figured maple tops. The BTB is typically a five or six-string bass, but the BTB740 and BTB747 take things one step further... »

  • Shane Cooper: Bamako Love Song

    Shane Cooper: Bamako Love Song

    West African music has a special place in my heart, so I got excited when I saw this video of Shane Cooper performing his solo double bass song, “Bamako Love Song”. Cooper, who is based in South Africa, was inspired by the city of Bamako, which is the capital of Mali. He pulls from West... »

  • Mr. Big Releases “Defying Gravity”

    Mr. Big Releases “Defying Gravity”

    Mr. Big is back with a new album, entitled Defying Gravity. Their ninth album features the band’s original lineup of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey as well as further drum work by Matt Starr. It is also the return of them working with producer Kevin Elson. While the album includes a... »

  • Guild Introduces the Jumbo Junior Bass

    Guild Introduces the Jumbo Junior Bass

    Bassists looking for a super short scale bass have a new option with the Guild Jumbo Junior Bass, a four-string acoustic/electric. It has just a 23¾-inch scale. Part of Guild’s Westerly Collection, the Jumbo Junior bass is built with a solid Sitka spruce top with arched flamed maple for the back and sides. “We chose... »