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Archive for October 2016

Bass of the Week: Höfner Guitars Gold Label Paisley 500/2 Club Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Höfner Guitars Gold Label Paisley 500/2 Club Bass

Höfner’s Gold Label series gives the company a chance to make limited runs of special designs created by their master luthiers in Hagenau, Germany. This week we’re checking out a version of their 500/2 Club bass that’s finished in a retro, 60’s paisley top. “Introduced in 1964 the Club bass has for many years only been available in Sunburst,” Höfner...

Surviving the Holidays as a Freelance Bassist
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Surviving the Holidays as a Freelance Bassist

For non-musicians the winter holidays can be a time for rest, relaxation and extra time with family. For many freelance musicians, however, it is a time of early mornings, late nights, long hours playing, coffee, and lots of time in the car going from gig to gig. The upside is, of course, that it can be our most profitable time...

Davie504: Halloween Meets Bass 2016
Bass Videos

Davie504: Halloween Meets Bass 2016

We can always count on Davie504 to provide some fun. For this year’s Halloween festivities, Davie put together this solo bass medley of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the theme from Ghostbusters – complete with costume. Happy Halloween!

Weekly Top 10: Changing Technique Habits, Playing Around the Beat, New Bass Gear, Top Videos, News and More
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: Changing Technique Habits, Playing Around the Beat, New Bass Gear, Top Videos, News and More

This week, we got a nice dose of how-to’s, new bass gear, some great videos and more. Here are the top 10 reader favorites for the week of October 22-28, 2016. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Talking Technique: Changing Technique Habits – What it Takes There is a step by step process that can help you change...

BBE Introduces Mini Sonic Stomp MS-92 Pedal
Pedals & Effects

BBE Introduces Mini Sonic Stomp MS-92 Pedal

BBE’s Sonic Stomp now comes in a compact pedal called the MS-92. The stompbox is a pedalboard-friendly version of their Sonic Maximizer, which is designed to improve clarity and definition in your signal. It features the same all-analog processor as the larger SS-92 with a new circuit board and control layout for a smaller chassis. It has two controls: Process...

Lloyd Goldstein: Lean on Me
Bass Videos

Lloyd Goldstein: Lean on Me

My Facebook friend Lloyd Goldstein posted a video a few days ago, and it knocked me out. Lloyd arranged Bill Wither’s 1972 hit, “Lean on Me” for double bass. The tone, the arrangement, and the performance are just incredible. Enjoy.

TC Electronic Introduces Black Polytune Clip-On Tuner
Accessories & Strings

TC Electronic Introduces Black Polytune Clip-On Tuner

TC Electronic has introduced a black version of their Polytune Clip-On Tuner. The discreet device, which works for bass and guitar, has strobe, chromatic, and polyphonic tuning modes up to +/-0.02 cent accuracy. The polyphonic mode allows for strumming all strings at once to see their tuning. The tuner also features an ultra-bright display with an adaptive screen, a stainless...

Epifani Now Shipping Piccolo 999 Bass Amp
Amps

Epifani Now Shipping Piccolo 999 Bass Amp

Amp builder Nick Epifani has beefed up his Piccolo bass amp series with the Piccolo 999. The 1,000-watt head utilizes Epifani’s UL series preamp including a new Vintage circuit that adds a tube-like tone to the overall output. The Class D amp and switch-mode power supply keep the amp down to just 4.5 pounds and small enough to fit in...

Hungry Beats: Yasuke
Bass Videos

Hungry Beats: Yasuke

Rubatat Antonin has shared his latest video with drummer Romain Chenard in the duo known as Hungry Beats. He says the “tune is about Kurusan Yasuke, the black samurai.” We love the rhythms and interplay on this one.

Phil Collins Taps Leland Sklar for New Tour
Concerts & Tours

Phil Collins Taps Leland Sklar for New Tour

Phil Collins has revealed he is coming out of retirement to perform in a tour he’s calling “Not Dead Yet Live!” next summer. The title, which is a play on concerns about his health, is also the title of his new autobiography that comes out this month. Collins has once again tapped bass master Leland Sklar to handle the low...