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  • Ibanez Announces Upswing Electric Upright Bass

    Ibanez Announces Upswing Electric Upright Bass

    Ibanez will be introducing their very first electric upright bass at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. Dubbed the UB804 or “Upswing”, the bass was designed to mimic the tone of an acoustic upright bass. “The special AeroSilk Piezo pickup, along with the Walnut, Maple, and Jatoboa woods, combine to create a tone that is incredibly... »

  • Mattoverse Electronics Announces The TetraStep MkII

    Mattoverse Electronics Announces The TetraStep MkII

    Mattoverse Electronics has released the TetraStep MkII, an updated version of their four-step square wave sequencer. It has four pitch controllable steps with on/off buttons for each step. Users can adjust the rate, tone, pitch, and volume of each step. The MkII version adds a slew of new features including a Tap Temp footswitch, Sync... »

  • Aguilar Amplification Unveils 2018 Limited Edition Cabinet Color

    Aguilar Amplification Unveils 2018 Limited Edition Cabinet Color

    After adding the SL 212 to their lineup, Aguilar Amplification has unveiled their limited edition cabinet color for 2018: Dorian Gray. The outfit will be available on the SL 112 (250 units), the SL 410x (100 units), and the SL 212 (100 units). All of the Dorian Gray cabs will feature a “Limited Edition 2018”... »

  • James Jamerson’s Family Starts GoFundMe to Raise New Headstone, Scholarship Fund

    James Jamerson’s Family Starts GoFundMe to Raise New Headstone, Scholarship Fund

    Without a doubt, James Jamerson is a huge figure in the history of the electric bass. His work on countless Motown hits inspired scores of bassists while creating the groove that made a generation dance. Now his family wants his burial site to have a headstone to match his legacy. Jamerson’s cousin Anthony McKnight has... »

  • The Stray Cats Reunite For 2018 Concert

    The Stray Cats Reunite For 2018 Concert

    Rockabilly fans rejoice: The Stray Cats are reuniting to perform their first North American performance in 10 years. The original trio of Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, and Lee Rocker will be performing at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend on Saturday, April 21st. The band, known for hits like “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock... »

  • Earthquaker Devices Introduces Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator

    Earthquaker Devices Introduces Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator

    Earthquaker Devices has introduced the Westwood, a pedal they describe as “a mild mannered light-to medium-gain translucent overdrive manipulator.” Its EQ section includes Treble and Bass controls with up to 20 dB of cut/boost while its drive section offers a host of tones. “The Westwood’s Drive control sets the level of gain for a near-clean... »

  • Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

    Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

    Symphony X bassist Mike LePond is gearing up to release his second album with his solo project, Silent Assassins, and it’s a beast of an album. Pawn and Prophecy is an eight-song adventure leading listeners through the bassist’s favorite literature. Songs vary in story from Greek mythology to literature like H.P. Lovecraft. The masterpiece of... »

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Wheels of Soul Tour 2018

    Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Wheels of Soul Tour 2018

    Each summer the Tedeschi Trucks Band puts on their Wheels of Soul Tour with a killer lineup. This year is no different as the band has tapped Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band to join them on the 19-date trek. “We all draw from some of the same roots,” co-bandleader Derek Trucks explains. “But... »

  • Mike Gordon Adds New 2018 Tour Dates

    Mike Gordon Adds New 2018 Tour Dates

    Mike Gordon has announced a new string of tour dates in support of his latest album, OGOGO, that will take the bassist and his band through the Northeast. The extra dates which land in March and April, are added to his current 2018 schedule that focuses on the West Coast and South. Gordon’s band consists... »

  • Genzler Amplification Unveils the BA12-3 SLT Cabinet

    Genzler Amplification Unveils the BA12-3 SLT Cabinet

    Two years after introducing their Bass Array design, Genzler Amplification has unveiled a slanted model called the BA12-3 SLT. The new cab fits a 12-inch woofer in a vented bass reflex design and a 4 x 3-inch neodymium cone-driver line array into a slanted cab. “The slanted version further enhances all benefits of the BA... »