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  • Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic Unveils the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass

    Xotic has expanded their bass lineup with the XJPRO-1 5-String ProVintage Series Bass. As part of the ProVintage Series, the new bass combines elements of classic and modern features while building on their previous lineup. “The ProVintage Series basses, inspired by the Xotic XJ Series, feature a structurally balanced neck for reliable intonation that is... »

  • Voba Sound Experience: Come Together / Uptown Funk

    Voba Sound Experience: Come Together / Uptown Funk

    Roberto Pace sent me his latest video from Voba Sound Experience, and it is killer. Joined by Marta Giulioni on vocals, the duo combines “Come Together” and “Uptown Funk.” »

  • Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

    Willcox Guitars Unveils 2018 Saber Bass

    Wilcox Guitars is updating their bass lineup by replacing their outgoing Saber VL Bass with the 2018 Saber bass. The reworked instrument features an AAAA flame maple top, lightweight chambered swamp ash body, and their patented LightWave optical pickup system. “LightWave pickups use infrared light technology to ‘map’ or ‘see’ string vibration, resulting in a... »

  • Phil X & The Drills: Superstition

    Phil X & The Drills: Superstition

    I stumbled upon this excellent video of Phil X & The Drills recently, and I was an instant fan. Anchored by bassist Daniel Spree – who offers up some monster tone – here’s the band performing “Superstition.” »

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  • Bass Transcription: Ronnie Lane’s Bass Line on “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces

    Bass Transcription: Ronnie Lane’s Bass Line on “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces

    Ronnie Lane was born in Plaistow in East London on April 1st 1946. As a teenager, his father had encouraged him to play the guitar as “he’d always have a friend”. At first, he played skiffle, a type of rough country blues popular in the UK in the early 1960s, but he was also influenced... »

  • KNOWER: Time Traveler

    KNOWER: Time Traveler

    The last time we featured one of the “live sesh” videos by KNOWER (with bassist Sam Wilkes), it was a huge hit. Here’s another. This time around, they perform “Time Traveler,” which was “recorded at some guy’s house” in July. The band issued a warning for this video: “Fast Song.” But it also has a... »

  • Barefaced Audio Introduces Limited Edition Tweedy One10 Bass Cabinet

    Barefaced Audio Introduces Limited Edition Tweedy One10 Bass Cabinet

    Barefaced Audio has unveiled a special limited edition tweed version of their One10 bass cabinet. Limited to 10 units, the cab has all of the power of their regular One10 model in a vintage look with a tweed wrap, Marshall BluesBreaker cloth grill, brown piping, and genuine imitation leather strap handle. It is fitted with... »

  • Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    What has not been said about the bass playing of John Patitucci? The Brooklyn native started playing the bass when he was twelve and has not stopped since. He was a member of three Chick Corea groups: the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet. While he often switches between the acoustic and electric... »

  • Brad Russell: Van Halen’s Spanish Fly on Bass

    Brad Russell: Van Halen’s Spanish Fly on Bass

    Brad Russell loves taking tunes written for guitar and turning them into solo bass pieces. He shared his latest effort with us, tackling Van Halen’s “Spanish Fly.” “I feel when a piece of music like Bach or Miles Davis is played it can be played on ANY instrument and sound good that’s a true sign... »

  • Music Nomad Announces FRINE Fret Polish Kit

    Music Nomad Announces FRINE Fret Polish Kit

    Music Nomad has a new product for getting the grime off of your frets. FRINE fret polish is designed to clean and polish all frets safely and quickly. The kit comes with an ounce of the polish and three fretboard guards to fit small, medium, and jumbo fret sizes. It also includes a microfiber suede... »