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  • Jackson Announces New X-Series Dave Ellefson Signature Basses

    Jackson Announces New X-Series Dave Ellefson Signature Basses

    Jackson unveiled two new Dave Ellefson signature basses at the NAMM show last month. The basses are part of Jackson’s X-Series and are offered in two models: the David Ellefson CB-X 4-string and the David Ellefson CB-XV 5-string. The CB-X is a four-string with dual humbucking EMG pickups with an alder Concert Bass body. The... »

  • Hipshot Products Unveils FreeRange Xtender for Upright Bass

    Hipshot Products Unveils FreeRange Xtender for Upright Bass

    Hardware manufacturer Hipshot unveiled an interesting product aimed at double bassists called the FreeRange Xtender at NAMM this year. The new gadget allows you to quickly change the tuning of an upright bass string at the switch of a lever, and lets you drop down as far as a low A. Using several together can... »

  • Or Lubianiker: Interactive Bass Licks Video Lesson

    Or Lubianiker: Interactive Bass Licks Video Lesson

    Or Lubianiker (aka “Rule of Thump”) is on to something cool in the world of bass lessons. He’s posted his first experiment with interactive bass lessons on YouTube in which he plays simple licks in E minor and you choose how to mix and match them to create your own licks. Or provides links to... »

  • In Memoriam: MC5 Bassist Michael Davis

    In Memoriam: MC5 Bassist Michael Davis

    Michael Davis, the bassist best known for his work with the band MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife announced yesterday. The bassist died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California on Friday, following a month of treatment for liver disease. He was 68. MC5, whose name was short for “Motor City Five” was... »

  • Opeth and Mastodon to Co-Headline Heritage Hunter Tour

    Opeth and Mastodon to Co-Headline Heritage Hunter Tour

    Opeth and Mastodon will be teaming up to bring metal to the masses on a North American trek scheduled from April to May. Rooted by bassists Martín Méndez and Troy Sanders, the “Heritage Hunter” Tour kicks off April 4th in Portland, Maine and works its way between the U.S. and Canada until the closing show... »

  • Kala Introduces Five New U-Basses for 2012

    Kala Introduces Five New U-Basses for 2012

    Kala increased their U-Bass lineup with the addition of five new models of the 21″ scale basses. The new models include Sunburst, Gloss Black, Solid Spruce Top HH (Hutch Hutchinson Model), Spalted Maple, and Exotic Mahogany. The Sunburst, Gloss Black, and Solid Spruce Top HH basses all feature solid spruce tops with mahogany back and... »

  • Steve Vai with Billy Sheehan: “The Crying Machine”, Live

    Steve Vai with Billy Sheehan: “The Crying Machine”, Live

    Billy Sheehan is usually know for blazing riffs and absolutely ripping solos, but the man knows how to really get down, too. Sheehan presented Steve Vai with the Les Paul Award at this year’s TEC Awards, and afterwords they jammed out the guitarist’s tune “The Crying Machine.” Sheehan lays down a funky groove that just... »

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  • Korn Announces New Leg of U.S. “Path of Totality” Tour, Plus European Dates

    Korn Announces New Leg of U.S. “Path of Totality” Tour, Plus European Dates

    Korn, anchored by bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, is getting ready to kick off the second stint of their tour in support of their latest album, Path of Totality. The new batch of dates kick off on February 23, 2012 in Detroit, threading through the Midwest before returning West and wrapping up in San Francisco. The... »

  • Schecter Introduces Dale Stewart Avenger Bass

    Schecter Introduces Dale Stewart Avenger Bass

    Seether bassist Dale Stewart’s Signature Avenger Bass was released by Schecter this year at NAMM. Sporting a black finish, the bass features a contoured mahogany body, 3-piece maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and a reverse headstock. The bass has creme binding on the neck and headstock while the fingerboard is adorned with tribal bug inlays... »

  • Essential Items for the Gigging Bassist: A Gig Survival Checklist

    Essential Items for the Gigging Bassist: A Gig Survival Checklist

    No matter how prepared someone usually is, most gigging bassists will find themselves at a gig, searching through their bag of “stuff” and saying: “hey, where’d my _____ go?” It happens to everyone at least once. If this has happened to you, you’ve probably experienced one of three outcomes: You get extremely lucky since you... »