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Spector Releases Limited Edition Alex Webster “Zombie Drip” Euro5LX Bass
Basses

Spector Releases Limited Edition Alex Webster “Zombie Drip” Euro5LX Bass

Spector is now shipping a limited edition version of the Alex Webster Euro5LX, featuring a reverse “Zombie Drip” design over a red finish. The new color design is rounded out with red outlined Spector fret inlays and a red Spector logo on the black headstock. Only twelve of the basses have been produced. Similar to the standard Alex Webster Euro5LX,...

Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums
Bass Videos

Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums

Forty years ago (gasp), Rush released their self-titled debut. Among the tracks on the album was “Working Man”, which was the tune that put them on the map in Cleveland, as the story goes. In 2008, the band discovered an alternate version of the tune which they dubbed “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, and they allowed it to be used in...

In Memoriam: Akihiro Yokoyama
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Akihiro Yokoyama

Japanese bassist Akihiro Yokoyama of the veteran thrash metal band United has passed away at the age of 49. The cause of death was not declared, but a statement called his passing sudden. “It happened totally out of the blue and it is very hard for his family, UNITED and the staff to accept it, but we wanted to share...

Bass of the Week: Godin Shifter
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Godin Shifter

Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the Godin Shifter bass is an interesting take on old school aesthetic. Its neck, headstock, and body will look familiar to many, but its pickup system is the real magic. The Shifter has three soapbar, passive single coil alnico pickups with extra large magnets. Each pickup can be selected individually or used in combination...

Profiles in Tone: Robert “Bubby” Lewis
Profiles in Tone

Profiles in Tone: Robert “Bubby” Lewis

If you’re going to play with some of the top hip hop and R&B names, you’ve got to know a thing about tone. That’s why we reached out to bass phenom Robert “Bubby” Lewis as part of our Profiles in Tone series. Born in Flint, Michigan, Lewis wanted to be a drummer until listening to Tom Kennedy on Dave Weckl’s...

Aaron Gibson: Silly Me
Bass Videos

Aaron Gibson: Silly Me

Any time I get an email from Aaron Gibson with a new video, I watch it right away. And every time I watch, I want to share with you all ASAP. In this new video, Aaron is performing his tune “Silly Me”. The tune will be the first track on his “demos” series he plans to release before his next...

Judith Owen Releases “Ebb & Flow” with Leland Sklar
New Albums

Judith Owen Releases “Ebb & Flow” with Leland Sklar

Judith Owen’s latest album, , evokes the sounds of 1970’s singer-songwriter troubadours, so it’s just fitting that bass legend Leland Sklar, who played on James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender” and countless other hits, is providing the low end on the record. Owen, a jazz-rock singer and her band, which also includes superstar sidemen Russ Kunkel...

Monster Updates Bass Cable
Accessories & Strings

Monster Updates Bass Cable

Monster has updated their line of Rock, Bass, and Acoustic cables, which are designed with features to accent the specific instruments. The series has been upgraded with new 24K gold connectors that feature a collet strain relief to clamp down on the Duraflex jacket when screwed together. This reduces the strain from solder points locking the cable in place. Its...

Building Confidence: Thoughts for Bass Players
Ask Damian Erskine

Building Confidence: Thoughts for Bass Players

Q: I’m a 16 year old bassist from England, and I’ve been playing for around three years. Ive been told I am very good for my age but I struggle with my confidence sometimes. One day I want to be as good as yourself or people like Janek Gwizdala, Marcus Miller or Victor Victor Wooten, but I think I put...

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner: Lotus and the Jondy
Bass Videos

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner: Lotus and the Jondy

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is a phenomenal bassist with a singular voice. Here’s a video from the first episode of the online music series “Off Main St,” which features the bassist performing his song “Lotus and the Jondy.” The song is from his second album Apocalypse. If you dig this, make sure to check out the rest of the episode: