This week’s roundup of the top 10 reader favorites is here. This week, we covered Reverb’s list of best-selling basses of 2022 and the latest bass gear, Ryan Madora walked us through playing “Taxman” by The Beatles, John Lodge announced the “Days of Future Passed” tour, and more.
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Each year, Reverb releases a list of the best-selling basses of the year, giving a unique look into the current tastes and trends. It’s no wonder that Fender and Squier dominate the 2022 list, but the number one spot is quite an interesting one.
In this Keep It Groovy lesson, Ryan Madora discusses one of the coolest (and easiest) Paul McCartney bass lines: “Taxman.” This groove integrates a bit of theory and a touch of technique, and it’s a great technical workout.
America Paz recently debuted a new look for her Dingwall NG3 to create what she calls the “Sailor Bass.” The stock instrument was painted by artist “El Miedo,” who specializes in applying fluorescent colors to anime styles.
Darkglass Electronics has expanded its amp lineup with two new heads. The Microtubes 200 and Alpha·Omega 200 are the most compact versions of the amps in terms of size, weight, and power.
Jon Willis sent us his latest video, with his play along to Looking Glass's "Brandy." He said Peter Sweval wrote and recorded a textbook example of how the bass to lift a song.
Boss has reimagined the SL-20 Slicer into a more user-friendly pedal format called the SL-2 Slicer. The unit chops sound into unique percussive patterns with output options to create grooves in stereo, the company says.
Harley Benton has added the MV-4JB Gotoh bass to their lineup, which takes its name from its upgraded Gotoh GB-7 tuners. The J-style bass is available in four finishes.
After unveiling the bass at NAMM 2022, Ernie Ball Music Man has now launched the 35th Anniversary StingRay 5. The company states that the model is a chance for them to reflect on the bass and its evolution over the last three and a half decades.
Attention Moody Blues fans: John Lodge has announced a new 2023 tour that you won’t want to miss. The bassist/vocalist will be performing the band’s classic 1967 album “Days of Future Passed” in its entirety.
JET Pedals has released the Red Sea, a new analog utility pedal that offers complex signal routing options. The routing matrix allows for stereo and mono signal options for live performance that the company says has only been found in a studio environment.