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  • Bass of the Week: Safran Basses Iris Acoustic Archtop Bass

    Bass of the Week: Safran Basses Iris Acoustic Archtop Bass

    This week we’re checking out an incredible acoustic bass guitar by Safran Basses called Iris. Hand built by luthier Umut Dal, the bass was dreamed up to bring the best of upright and electric together. “The idea behind my archtop acoustic bass Iris is to close the gap in between electric and double bass,” Dal... »

  • Duff McKagan and The Levee Walkers Release New Songs

    Duff McKagan and The Levee Walkers Release New Songs

    In 2015, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan teamed up with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin for a new group called the Levee Walkers. Based in Seattle, the band recently recruited local singer-songwriter Ayron Jones to release the songs “All Things Fade Away” and “Madness” on a two-song EP.... »

  • Adam Ben Ezra Announces North American Tour Dates

    Adam Ben Ezra Announces North American Tour Dates

    Double bass guru Adam Ben Ezra is coming to North America this month for his Pin Drop Tour. The Israeli bassist, who mixes percussion in with his melody and harmony lines, made the announcement on his website. “That’s it! Signed, Sealed and now Delivered to you guys… The first dates of my North American tour... »

  • Boss Introduces The DR-01S Rhythm Partner Drum Machine

    Boss Introduces The DR-01S Rhythm Partner Drum Machine

    Looking to add a little rhythm to your acoustic sessions? Boss has introduced the DR-01S Rhythm Partner, a drum machine they describe as “the world’s first virtual percussionist designed specifically for acoustic musicians.” The unit allows for setting the tempo, volume, and variation for your beat with several percussion instruments that can be put into... »

  • John Davis and Janek Gwizdala Team Up for Bass Duo Album

    John Davis and Janek Gwizdala Team Up for Bass Duo Album

    The double bass meets the electric bass in a new album from John Davis and Janek Gwizdala, aptly entitled Bass Duo. The six-song album features the bassists in an inspired state that was captured in a rush. “Recorded live to tape (yes real tape) in under an hour, this album brings together two long-time bass... »

  • Fender Adds New Color To Mod Shop Basses

    Fender Adds New Color To Mod Shop Basses

    Fender’s Mod Shop has expanded their option offerings for the Fall. The online instrument configurator has added a new limited edition color for 2017 Mystic Aztec Gold. It’s available on both their Precision and Jazz basses. Users begin the Mod Shop experience by picking their instrument then choosing colors, pickguards, pickups, hardware, and more. It... »

  • Whose Hat Is This? Announces East Coast Tour

    Whose Hat Is This? Announces East Coast Tour

    Earlier this year, Tim Lefebvre and his rhythm section mates from the Tedeschi Trucks Band blew us away with an inspired free improv performance live in Washington, D.C. Whose Hat Is This?, which is filled out by saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton), went... »

  • Rhonda Smith Anchors Jeff Beck’s Live at the Hollywood Bowl

    Rhonda Smith Anchors Jeff Beck’s Live at the Hollywood Bowl

    Fans of blues and rock will want to check out Jeff Beck’s latest DVD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Recorded in the summer of 2016, the live concert featured songs from the guitar god’s entire career, as far back as The Yardbirds right up to his latest release, Loud Hailer. It also features a plethora... »

  • In Memoriam: Jack Conrad

    In Memoriam: Jack Conrad

    Jack Conrad, who played bass for The Doors and wrote songs for many artists, has passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 69 years old. Conrad’s diverse musical career started in the ’60s. He recorded for the Petula Clark album I Know A Place in 1965 and started writing songs. He collaborated with... »

  • Massive FX Introduces the Hypnotik Fuzz Pedal

    Massive FX Introduces the Hypnotik Fuzz Pedal

    Massive FX Pedals has released the Hypnotik Fuzz, a hand-wired super heavy fuzz that is suited for both bass and guitar. The unit has knobs for Master Volume and Fuzz Level as well as a two-position switch that toggles between two modes. Classic Fuzz mode is described as a vintage tone with a thinner, “trebly”... »