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  • Reader Spotlight: Colin Nee

    Reader Spotlight: Colin Nee

    Meet Colin Nee, a bassist who works by day in a job he says is “not rock & roll,” but manages to make time for music on nights and weekends. Among his musical life, Colin performs in a Johnny Cash tribute band, who regularly plays in a former prison. How cool is that? Colin is... »

  • Epiphone Adds Vintage Styled Basses to Pro Series

    Epiphone Adds Vintage Styled Basses to Pro Series

    Epiphone has unveiled two new Pro design basses: the Embassy Pro Bass and the Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass. The new instruments are inspired by models from the 1960s with modern updates. The Embassy Pro commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Epiphone joining Gibson. It’s built with a mahogany neck and body that’s been rebalanced for... »

  • YYNOT: Invisible Heart

    YYNOT: Invisible Heart

    Fresh off their big debut concert in LA, here’s our favorite Rush-inspired band and their latest original, “Invisible Heart.” Tim Starace as always lays down some seriously gritty bass. »

  • Rediscovered Bill Evans Recording Features Eddie Gomez with Jack DeJohnette

    Rediscovered Bill Evans Recording Features Eddie Gomez with Jack DeJohnette

    Bill Evans was one of the most influential jazz pianists ever, and he always played with top tier musicians. Now Resonance Records has released another example of that with Another Time: The Hilversum Concert. The album is a rare recording featuring his trio with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette. While Gomez had played with Evans... »

  • In Memoriam: Todd Honeycutt

    In Memoriam: Todd Honeycutt

    Sad news to report today: Enfold Darkness bassist Todd Honeycutt has died by suicide. He was 30 years old. The band made the announcement on their Facebook page. “Our brother Todd, who performed on our latest album, has taken his own life,” the statement read. “I wish that we could give you a better sounding... »

  • Bass of the Week: 5th Day Products Molly Bass

    Bass of the Week: 5th Day Products Molly Bass

    Jeremy McDiarmid wrote in to share his first bass build with us called the Molly. The instrument features a beautiful mix of woods that reminded his wife of a certain actress. “The name Molly came from the color contrast reminding my wife of Molly Ringwald when I began shaping the body,” the builder tells us.... »

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  • Jason Matthews: Liberty City

    Jason Matthews: Liberty City

    It has been a while since we featured a video by Jason Matthews. In this clip, Jason takes on a beast of a tune: Jaco Pastorius’ “Liberty City,” from Invitation. Jason says, “…in my opinion the best version of this tune. This has been stuck in my head almost constantly for the past 15 years... »

  • In Memoriam: Walter Becker

    In Memoriam: Walter Becker

    It’s another tough day in the music world. Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at the age of 67. A cause of death was not announced. Fellow Steely Dan songwriter Donald Fagen paid tribute to him in a piece for Rolling Stone: “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since... »

  • Swope Guitars Unveils the Dakota Bass

    Swope Guitars Unveils the Dakota Bass

    Swope Guitars has unveiled a new bass model called the Dakota. The retro-styled bass features a slickly contoured lightweight alder body in Candy Apple Red. Its neck is flat or rift-sawn hard rock maple that is topped with a quarter-sawn rosewood slab fingerboard. Luthier Chris Swope gives the bass a nitrocellulose lacquer with something he... »

  • Absurdcus: Hey Now

    Absurdcus: Hey Now

    Absurdcus has a new video, and it is spectacular. Here’s his arrangement of London Grammar’s “Hey Now.” He said “all sounds made with basses,” which is the way we like it. »