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  • Gear Watch: Diamond Bass Comp compressor pedal

    Diamond Pedals has announced the release of their first pedal designed specifically for bass instruments, the Bass Comp. Based on the company’s Diamond Compressor, the Bass Comp combines a “low-noise optical compression circuit with a powerful and musical tilt EQ circuit” to create a better bass sound. It boasts an extended frequency response, making it... »

  • Gear Watch: Warwick unveils two new basses: Bootsy Collins and Corvette $$ Special Edition

    The hard working bass builders at Warwick have announced two new bass models: The Bootsy Collins Infinity Signature bass, and the Corvette $$ Special Edition Macassar. The Bootsy Infinity Signature bass is a variation of the company’s Infinity line, with some funky designs added to boot. It’s available as the Black Star or Orange Star... »

  • RIP Chris Feinstein

    Chris Feinstein, who found success as the bassist for Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, has passed away at the age of 42. The cause of death is still unknown, but it was reported that he was found in his Manhattan apartment on Monday morning. His label, Lost Highway Records, issued this statement: “It is with... »

  • Bachman-Turner 2.0

    Fred Turner, a former member of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has come out of retirement to reunite with guitarist Randy Bachman for an album and 2010 tour. In their former band, they sold millions of albums in the 1970’s, with hits such as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” and “Takin’ Care of Business.” Turner has found a... »

  • Sonic Youth 2010 tour dates

    Sonic Youth, featuring Kim Gordon, will be keeping busy in 2010 with plans for a new album, a DVD release, and creating the soundtrack to a new film by Michel Gondry. But first, they will be touring the southwest U.S. in support of their latest effort, The Eternal Here are the upcoming dates: January 4... »

  • Gerald Veasley pays homage to Grover Washington, Jr.

    Bassist Gerald Veasley will perform a special holiday themed tribute to the late Grover Washington, Jr. today at the Miller Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania. The tribute comes 10 years after Washington died of a heart attack while in the green room for “The Early Show” on CBS in New York City. Veasley... »

  • Yes announces U.S. tour

    Legendary prog-rockers Yes have announced that they will be touring the U.S. east coast in February, 2010, starting in Concord, New Hampshire and ending up in Boca Raton, Florida. The band features original bassist and founder Chris Squire, and alongside him the current line-up includes Steve Howe, Alan White, Benoit David, and Oliver Wakeman. The... »

  • Rotosound announces guest appearances at NAMM Show

    String manufacturer Rotosound has announced a line-up of bassists who will be making appearances at their booth at NAMM 2010 on Saturday, the 16th of January. Five guests are scheduled for that day, including Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses/Velvet Revolver, James Lomenzo of Megadeth, Eva Gardener, who has been touring with Pink, Robbie Crane... »

  • Phil Lesh “Furthurs” his career

    Phil Lesh has teamed up once again with former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir to create a new band, Furthur. The band also features members of their other projects. The group came together earlier this year, and debuted in September at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California, and now they have announced a nationwide tour.... »

  • The Bazantar

    The Bazantar

    What do you get when you mix an upright bass with a sitar? The Bazantar, of course. Here, Mark Deutsch plays his instrument and explains the creation of it. »