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  • Gear Watch: Tech 21 Red Ripper

    The new Red Ripper Fuzz for bass from Tech 21 is more than your ordinary distortion box. It actually responds to the dynamics of your touch, so if you play harder you get more fuzz and higher harmonics, and if you play softer you get less fuzz and enhanced lower harmonics. Very nice for dynamic… »

  • Les Claypool tour update (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Coachella)

    Les Claypool has just updated his 2010 tour schedule to include some dates in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas in April: 4/19 at Stubb's in Austin, TX 4/20 at House Of Blues in Houston, TX 4/21 at Lakewood Theatre in Dallas, TX 4/23 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK 4/24 at The Village in Little Rock,… »

  • Coachella Festival line up announced

    The massive line up for the three day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been announced, boasting over 120 performing artists. The headlining artists for each night are scheduled to be Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz. Bass players will be happy to hear from the likes of Les Claypool, Them Crooked Vultures, Sly and the… »

  • Gear Watch: Peavey introduces bass guitars to its PXD series

    Peavey has introduced two new basses guitars to their modern metal inspired PXD Series: the Tragic 4 and Void 4. Both the Tragic and Void are 4-string neck-through-body basses that feature an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fretboard. Both models also enjoy the incredible tonal control of Peavey VFL active pickups, which are the… »

  • WesFest 5 Benefit Concert announced, with Tal Wilkenfeld

    Bryan Beller recently updated us on the next WesFest Benefit Concert, now in its fifth year. The concert is in honor of Wes Wehmiller, a Berklee grad and good friend of Beller who passed away in 2005 from thyroid cancer. Each year, the concert raises funds for a scholarship endowed in Wehmiller's name at Berklee.… »

  • Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey NAMM Jam

    Another short but cool video from NAMM 2010... this time, Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey jam at the Fender booth. »

  • Gear Watch: Ampeg announces two new SVT-PRO series heads

    Ampeg announced two new heads in their popular SVT-PRO Series, the SVT-7PRO and SVT-8PRO. Both heads are light-weight rack-mountable units designed to deliver high wattage and tonal flexibility. The SVT-7PRO is a compact head, weighing in at only 15 pounds. The head features a flexible 5-position mid tone control, remote switching FX loop, and an… »

  • Victor Wooten offering free library concerts in L.A. this week

    The ever busy Victor Wooten will be launching his first ever library tour around Los Angeles, California this week (the tour started yesterday and runs through the 23rd). Wooten will be performing for library goers and talking about his own book, The Music Lesson. Admission to the events is free. RSVP at the Los Angeles… »

  • Victor Bailey: TecAmp Booth Bass Jam with Sekou Bunch & Andrew Lauer

    Check out Victor Bailey and this impromptu jam with Sekou Bunch and Andrew "The Bullet" Lauer at the TecAmp booth during the NAMM 2010 show. Editor's note: the original video featured here was removed by the author. Here's a shorter clip of the same performance: »

  • Doug Johns live at the NAMM 2010 Bass Bash

    Doug Johns live at the NAMM 2010 Bass Bash

    Here's bassist Doug Johns doing another incredible performance at the 2010 Bass Bash during the NAMM show. Apparently, Doug was called up last minute to do an impromptu jam. In this clip, he starts off with his own take on Jaco's "Continuum" before jumping into to a whole other jam (all while playing on the… »