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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in March 2019
Gear Roundup

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in March 2019

March was another big month of bass gear news, thanks partly to our continued coverage of news from this year’s NAMM show, and a later addition with the news of the Ernie Ball Music Man Joe Dart Signature Bass. Here are your top 10 favorite gear stories for the month.

Lamb of God’s Mark Morton: What I Look For In A Bass Player
Interviews

Lamb of God’s Mark Morton: What I Look For In A Bass Player

Lamb of God’s Mark Morton has released his solo album, “Anesthetic.” Mark has performed with a number of impressive bassists in his career, including on this record. We caught up with him to get the scoop on the album, what he looks for in a bass player, and more.

Thundercat with John Mayer: Them Changes
Bass Videos

Thundercat with John Mayer: Them Changes

Thundercat took part in the “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” concert last year, and performed his tune, “Them Changes.” He was joined by two backing bassists - Adam Blackstone and Dwayne Moore - and guitarist John Mayer.

Rockboard Announces DUO 2.0 Pedalboard
Pedals & Effects

Rockboard Announces DUO 2.0 Pedalboard

Rockboard by Warwick has updated their lineup of pedalboards with the Rockboard DUO 2.0. The smallest of the series, the unit holds between 3 and 5 effects pedals.

Traveler Guitars Introduces the CL-3BE Acoustic Bass
Basses

Traveler Guitars Introduces the CL-3BE Acoustic Bass

Traveler Guitars has expanded their line of portable hollow-body instruments with the CL-3BE Acoustic Bass. The four-string is 3/4 the size of a standard instrument and has a 23.35-inch scale length.

Milk’n Blues: Long Train Runnin’
Bass Videos

Milk’n Blues: Long Train Runnin’

It has been a while since we first featured Milk’n Blues, who does some pretty epic covers. In this clip, they take on The Doobie Brothers, “Long Train Runnin’,” with Eduardo Machado laying it down.

John Illsley Releases “Coming Up For Air”
New Albums

John Illsley Releases “Coming Up For Air”

Former Dire Straits bassist John Illsley is back with a new solo album entitled “Coming Up For Air.” Produced with Guy Fletcher and recorded in Mark Knopfler’s studio, the album has a distinct flavor of Illsley’s former band in addition to his unique voice.

The Lightbulb Moment: One Song To Learn
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: One Song To Learn

Ryan’s new “Lightbulb Moment” started out with a question: “Is there one song that contains an exemplary amount of bass playing knowledge?” She picked one and broke it down completely. (The tune may come as a surprise!)

Melissa Petitto, Shaun Martin, and Flaviano Pennisi: Higher Ground
Bass Videos

Melissa Petitto, Shaun Martin, and Flaviano Pennisi: Higher Ground

Earlier this month we featured Melissa Petitto in our Reader Spotlight. A few days ago, Melissa reached out to us to share her new video, which includes Snarky Puppy keyboardist Shaun Martin, drummer Flaviano Pennisi, and Melissa on vocals and bass. The trio performs Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

Mastro Valvola Announces Area MkII Reverb Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Mastro Valvola Announces Area MkII Reverb Pedal

Mastro Valvola has released a new version of their Area multi-reverb called the Area MkII. The new unit has the same features as the original with the addition of a Timed Bypass System, which the company designed to manage the reverb trails.