System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian has teamed up with Ashdown Engineering to create the Head 22, a 600-watt bass amp that is hand-built in Ashdown’s UK Custom Shop.
Bassist Joe Policastro has been reinventing the new American Songbook on his last three albums centered around central themes. We caught up with Policastro to get the scoop on his musical background, his music, and how to keep a steady music gig.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has announced he’ll be performing on March 28th at the 100 Club in London for a special charity event. The concert will be with a new trio comprised of Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and drummer Steven Noble.
After spreading the funk for five decades, the legendary George Clinton has announced the details for his final tour. The “One Nation Under a Groove” Tour will be the singer’s last outing though his band, Parliament-Funkadelic, will continue to carry the torch.
Sadowsky was on hand at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show to unveil their new Spruce Core Single Cut bass. As the name says, the instrument’s design is based around a body core of spruce that is paired with a hardwood top and back.
The Gospel Chops series always delivers the goods, and this clip from Bass Sessionz, Vol. 3 is just more proof. The clip features Justin Raines, Daric Bennett, Kenneth “Kaybass” Diggs, and Alan “Snoop” Evans throwing down over a shout, trading solos and bass lines.
Ashdown Engineering has expanded their pedal offerings with the PRO FX line, which consists of five new units: The Triple Shot, the Macchiato Comp (Guy Pratt Signature), the Studio Comp, the Velvet Comp, and the Type 23.
Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Bass Mono Synth, a new pedal that offers 11 different bass-specific synthesizer styles: Laser, X-Fade, Acid, Cosmic, Sub, Growl, Wub, Unison, Twin, Spectre, and Oblivion.
If you’re a fan of the game League of Legends, you may be familiar with Pentakill Yorick, the undead heavy metal band member that wields a bass to fight his enemies. Luthier Yvan Monfette was inspired to create Yorick’s weapon in real life, complete with a sharp looking body and skull headstock.
John Mayer has announced a healthy round of North American tour dates to follow his spring outing in Australia and Asia. Pino Palladino will once again join Mayer on the tour.