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Bergfels Guitars, founded by builder Stefan Kirchner, recently completed a custom bass for bassist John-Eric. At first glance, it seems fairly traditional, but further inspection reveals tons of modern features.
Ozzy Osbourne has released his first single in nearly ten years, and he got some good friends to help. “Under The Graveyard” is the lead track from his forthcoming album, “Ordinary Man,” which will feature drummer Chad Smith and bassist Duff McKagan.
Eight years since their L.A. Rising performance, it appears Rage Against The Machine have announced a handful of reunion performances. The iconic rock band will be playing five shows that will culminate in a headlining slot at Coachella.
Eastwood Guitars is expanding its Rivolta line with its first bass guitar, called the Combinata Bass VII. Designed by Dennis Fano, it is based on the same body shape as their six-string Combinata.
Darryl Jones has been in the Rolling Stones for 26 years, but he had only been in the group for five years in their latest concert film, “Bridges to Buenos Aires.” Recorded in April 1998, the full-length show was shot in Argentina’s capital.
G&L Guitars has unveiled a new short-scale four-string called the Fallout Bass Launch Edition. The 30-inch scale instrument comes in three colors – British Racing Green, Miami Blue, and Racing Yellow – each with competition stripes.
The Bad Plus have released “Activate Infinity,” marking their second album since their new lineup with pianist Orrin Evans. The trio, rounded out by Dave King and Reid Anderson, still has the same boisterous energy as their previous work.
Flea’s long-awaited autobiography, “Acid for the Children,” is now available. The memoir has been several years in the making.
After teasing it for several days, Fender has unveiled the American Ultra Series, which they call their “most advanced” line of basses. The series is defined by new Ultra Noiseless Vintage pickups, newly-designed body contours, and faster playing necks.
Jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker has released a new album called “All Too Soon,” which marks the second installment of a five-CD project to observe his fiftieth birthday. The new record pays homage to Duke Ellington.