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Aria Guitars To Unveil Cliff Burton Signature Bass at NAMM
Basses

Aria Guitars To Unveil Cliff Burton Signature Bass at NAMM

Aria Guitars has announced they’ll be launching the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass at NAMM this week. A year in the making, the bass is a replica of the Black ’n Gold I bass Burton played. The bass made with the authorization of the late bassist’s family and bandmates in Metallica, with whom Burton set the bar for...

Adam Nitti: The Renaissance Man / Rebirth
Bass Videos

Adam Nitti: The Renaissance Man / Rebirth

Bassist Adam Nitti sent us this video of a live studio recording he did recently. The tune is “The Renaissance Man/Rebirth”, which appeared on Adam’s 2009 release, Liminal – an excellent album worth getting if you haven’t already. Things kick off with some excellent drums by Marcus Finnie and Adam’s bass, followed by the rest of the band which includes...

Clutch Announces North American Earth Rocker Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Clutch Announces North American Earth Rocker Tour Dates

The first leg of Clutch’s Earth Rocker Tour is set. The tour kicks off with the North American leg on March 8th in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band is hitting the road in support of their upcoming album, Earth Rocker, which has been confirmed for a March 19th worldwide release date. Supporting acts for the upcoming tour include Orange Goblin, Lionize,...

Spector Introduces Coda Pro Basses
Basses

Spector Introduces Coda Pro Basses

Spector will be unveiling their Coda Pro series basses at NAMM this year. The new models offer the company’s classic inspired Coda at a lower price point by building them in their Korean Factory. Available with four or five strings, the Coda Pro basses feature two EMG HZ passive single-coil pickups paired with Spector’s TonePump Jr. active 9-volt tone circuit....

Gentle Giant: Free Hand, Live 1978
Bass Videos

Gentle Giant: Free Hand, Live 1978

I’m not sure how I stumbled onto this video, but I’m sure glad I did. Gentle Giant’s “Free Hand” is already an awesome song, but add bassist Ray Shulman’s ballsy tone and energetic performance to the mix, and it’s a home run.

Traynor Unveils Small Block Bass Combo Amplifiers
Amps

Traynor Unveils Small Block Bass Combo Amplifiers

Traynor has introduced the Small Block Series, a line of compact, lightweight 200-watt bass combos. Available in 1×10, 1×12, and 1×15 speaker configurations, Traynor says the the new models are ideal for the working/practicing musician with features like a 1/4” auxiliary input, 1/4” headphone output, and an XLR balanced DI output with switchable pre and post settings. Each of the...

Black Sabbath: “Snowblind”, Live 1975
Bass Videos

Black Sabbath: “Snowblind”, Live 1975

With all the talk of the new Black Sabbath album this year, I’ve been geeking out on tons of old videos of Geezer Butler and the band. Here’s one of my favorite songs, “Snowblind”, live in 1975. Geezer really rocks out on this one, white ’70s pants and all.

Sadowsky Releases Onboard Bass Preamp Assembly
Accessories & Strings

Sadowsky Releases Onboard Bass Preamp Assembly

Sadowsky has introduced a new onboard bass preamp that comes prewired and offers the same controls and preamp as all Sadowsky basses. The controls include Volume, Pan, Vintage Tone Control, Treble, and Bass. Pulling up on the tone control bypasses the preamp. The preamp can be installed with the included control plate or transferred to another plate or pickguard and...

Bass of the Week: Ibanez BTB776PB
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Ibanez BTB776PB

This week we look at the Ibanez BTB776PB, a six-string bass featuring a hot poplar burl top. Ibanez created the BTB line to create a boutique feel by implementing the same concepts without the boutique price. The line, including the BTB776PB, features a 35? scale, select body materials, neck-thru construction, and deep cutaways. The BTB is built around a 5-piece...

What Makes A Great Bassist? Part 3: Defining Groove
What Makes a Great Bassist?

What Makes A Great Bassist? Part 3: Defining Groove

Photo Credit: Mika Hiironniemi As bassists, one of our main goals is to make the band groove. The only problem is that the term can be vague. Many young players that begin their quest for the elusive groove are met with descriptions like, “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” In an effort to share ideas and bring us...

Mike Flynn: “Oysters” Fretless Meshell Ndegeocello Remix, with Victor Wooten
Bass Videos

Mike Flynn: “Oysters” Fretless Meshell Ndegeocello Remix, with Victor Wooten

Bassist Mike Flynn sent us this unique video showcasing the bassist’s terrific fretless playing – and typical creativity in video and music production. We’ll let Mike set it up: “I took a chorus from a beautiful Meshell [Ndegeocello] tune called ‘Oysters’ from her album Weather and made a remix of it in Ableton Live. I also added a quote from...

Mark Egan Debuts New Power Trio and Album
New Albums

Mark Egan Debuts New Power Trio and Album

Mark Egan‘s latest musical project is a new power trio formed by the bassist, drummer Karl Latham and guitarist John Hart. The group has just released their debut album, Unit 1. The album, released through Egan’s own Wavetone Records label features the group’s new take on nine jazz standards the band says is “reminiscent of The Police, Tony Williams Lifetime...