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  • Fredric Effects Introduces The BugCrusher

    Fredric Effects Introduces The BugCrusher

    London’s Fredric Effects has expanded their tonal palette with the BugCrusher, an analog sample rate reducer that produces an aliasing effect. Although its name makes it sound like it is a BitCrusher, Fredric writes that’s not the case. “Despite the name, the BugCrusher is not an actual BitCrusher. Most BitCrusher effects will have sample rate... »

  • Oscar Peterson Trio: Bag’s Groove

    Oscar Peterson Trio: Bag’s Groove

    After people find out I’m a bass player, they always ask who my favorite bassist is and the answer is always the same: Ray Brown. The jazz bassist’s sense of melody and harmony always blow me away, but it’s the time and groove that keep me coming back. Here’s a fantastic take on “Bag’s Groove”... »

  • Ashdown Announces Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-DI

    Ashdown Announces Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-DI

    Ashdown has expanded their lineup of signature gear with the Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition OriginAL Pre-Di. Watt-Roy, who is best known as the bassist for Ian Dury and the Blockheads, helped create the unit. “Strictly limited to a run of 50 special units, the special edition Norman Watt-Roy OriginAL Preamp Pedal has been tweaked to... »

  • Chick Corea & The Vigil: Galaxy 32 Star 4

    Chick Corea & The Vigil: Galaxy 32 Star 4

    Christian McBride may be best known for his killer upright playing, but as we’ve shown before, he can also tear it up on electric. Here’s a fine piece of evidence with a live video of the bassist laying the foundation on fretless for the song “Galaxy 32 Star 4” with Chick Corea & The Vigil.... »

  • Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Announce Duo Tour

    Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Announce Duo Tour

    Grateful Dead fans have one more reason to be grateful: bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir have announced a duo tour. The trek, which will be their first ever duo run, will take place with multiple night engagements in New York City, Boston, and Chicago during March. “I guess it was last summer, Phil... »

  • CruzTools Updates GrooveTech Multi-Tool

    CruzTools Updates GrooveTech Multi-Tool

    CruzTools has updated their GrooveTech Guitar and Bass Multi-tool just in time for the holidays. The second generation of the gadget has the original features: both metric and inch hex wrench sizes, ball-end for the truss rod sizes, and S2 steel tools with a polished chrome finish. New features include a 5/16” socket that fits... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Setting The Stage

    The Lightbulb Moment: Setting The Stage

    I’m standing in front of my amp. I’m sure of it. It’s two feet behind me, the light is on, and there’s definitely sound coming out of it – well, at least I’m pretty sure that there’s sound coming out of it. There comes a time in every musician’s life when you realize that a... »

  • Zander Zon: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

    Zander Zon: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

    We don’t just geek out over the bass, we also geek out about Star Wars. So today is an exciting day where we get to see the combination of both. In celebration of The Last Jedi, Zander Zon has put together his solo bass arrangement of the film’s theme song. »

  • Raymond Elgar’s Books On Double Bass Republished

    Raymond Elgar’s Books On Double Bass Republished

    If you’re interested in the history of the double bass, you may want to check out Stephen Street’s new republished editions of three books by Raymond Elgar: Introduction to the Double Bass, More About the Double Bass, and Looking At The Double Bass. Originally published in the 1960s, the books chronicle the double bass in... »

  • Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

    Thin The Herd Guitars and Birdsong Guitars Announce the CBG 30.5 T-Bass

    Thin The Herd Guitars recently collaborated with Scott Beckwith of Birdsong Guitars to create the CBG 30.5 T-Bass. The bass takes elements from each of the companies’ instruments. “Scott started with our familiar Model T body, then applied his signature ‘recipe’ for quality tone and ease-of-playability into the design. Loaded with EMG-sized, custom-wound PUNCHBUCKER Pickups... »