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  • Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    And now for something completely different. We recently featured a video by Indian music enthusiast and seven-string bassist Jason Everett. While a seven-string may be outlandish to some, he sent me some info on a special bass he modded to fill another role for his style. After being inspired by John McLaughlin’s guitar work with... »

  • Bass Ramps: The How and Why

    Bass Ramps: The How and Why

    Q: I see a lot of people talking about the use of bass ramps. I see that’s it’s basically a piece of wood in between the pickups, but I’m not sure what the benefits are. Also, how do you make one? A: A ramp (or finger ramp) was created out of the desire to broaden... »

  • Mod Shop: Upgrading Your Tuners

    Mod Shop: Upgrading Your Tuners

    I’ve told you a little about my Lab Rat bass and showed you some of what I’ve done to it so far. The Lab Rat was a brand-new SX Ursa 4 that I paid about $150 plus shipping, and I bought it for the specific purpose of experimentation. I had a pickup configuration in mind... »

  • The Buzz Killer: How To Shield Your Bass

    The Buzz Killer: How To Shield Your Bass

    This month, we’re going to talk about an all too common problem: the humming and/or buzzing you get from radio frequency waves interfering with the electronic signal in your bass. These waves can be emitted from any number of sources, many of which are common on the stage and in the home. Neon and fluorescent... »

  • Mod Shop: Bridge Replacement

    Mod Shop: Bridge Replacement

    Upgrading the Lab Rat: Bridge Replacement I have a bass I call the Lab Rat. It’s a really cheap Jaguar knock off I bought to experiment with some ideas I’d been kicking around. I’ve upgraded all the electronics already, and we’ll briefly go over some of that in future articles. I’m on to the hardware... »