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  • Bass of the Week: AJR Guitarmods Swift Lite Lightweight Bass

    Bass of the Week: AJR Guitarmods Swift Lite Lightweight Bass

    We’ve featured a couple of instruments by AJR Guitarmods over the past couple years, and now we’re checking out their lightest bass yet: the Swift Lite 34-inch four-string bass. The inspiration came to luthier Andy Rogers while thinking of the first time he picked up a bass. “One of the things that surprised me the... »

  • Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass Available for Pre-Order

    Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass Available for Pre-Order

    In what promises to be one of the best books of the year, Harper Collins has announced they will be publishing Geddy Lee’s Big Book of Beautiful Bass this December. The Rush bassist will chronicle his personal collection of basses that range from the 1950s to the 1980s with commentary on each piece. “It’s not... »

  • Sons of Apollo Cancel Summer Festival Dates, Add European Dates

    Sons of Apollo Cancel Summer Festival Dates, Add European Dates

    All-star prog rock group Sons of Apollo has canceled the remainder of its summer festival appearances. The band, anchored by Billy Sheehan on a doubleneck bass, made the announcement on Facebook. “Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, Sons Of Apollo regretfully has had to cancel all remaining Summer Festival appearances at Wacken Open Air... »

  • TC Electronic Unveils the BQ250 and BQ500 Bass Amps

    TC Electronic Unveils the BQ250 and BQ500 Bass Amps

    TC Electronic has expanded their bass amp line with the BQ250 and the BQ500. Rated at 250 and 500 watts, respectively, the head units are described as “bare-bones bass power.” Each features a MOSFET preamp with a custom 4-band EQ as well as a built-in Thrust compressor circuit. They also share connectivity features like a... »

  • Joe Policastro Trio: No Idea

    Joe Policastro Trio: No Idea

    Double bassist Joe Policastro has just released a new video for his song, “No Idea,” featuring his awesome trio with Dave Miller on guitar and Mikel Avery on drums. The bass player sets things up with cool, uptempo melody in the upper register with an open string drone underneath before his bandmates join in. The... »

  • Yellowcake Pedals Introduces the Furry and Fried Dual Overdrive Pedal

    Yellowcake Pedals Introduces the Furry and Fried Dual Overdrive Pedal

    Alabama’s Yellowcake Pedals has combined two of their pedals to create the Furry and Fried. The left side of the pedal is their Furry Burrito fuzz/overdrive while the right contains their Fried Gold light/medium overdrive. “[The Furry Burrito is] a versatile overdrive/fuzz pedal that ranges from a nice, warm overdrive to a saturated fuzz that... »

  • Mistweaver Effects Introduces Two New Pedals

    Mistweaver Effects Introduces Two New Pedals

    Mistweaver Effects has launched their product line with two pedals: the Serpent Fuzz and the Forestry Overdrive. Made in Singapore, each unit is inspired by vintage gear with a twist. The Serpent Fuzz is described as a take on the Green Russian Big Muff Pi with modern and functional upgrades. “The Serpent provides that throaty... »

  • Barefaced Audio Unveils Rainbow One10 Bass Cabinets

    Barefaced Audio Unveils Rainbow One10 Bass Cabinets

    After announcing a tweed version last year, Barefaced Audio has unveiled a limited run of their One10 bass cabinet in a range of colorful tolex covers. They will be available in limited quantities of red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, and purple. The new units will carry all the same features as the... »

  • MonoNeon: “Singing Crying Dog” with Walter Geoffrey the Frenchie

    MonoNeon: “Singing Crying Dog” with Walter Geoffrey the Frenchie

    MonoNeon can make a killer groove out of anything. In a hilarious example, he took a viral clip of Walter Geoffrey the Frenchie’s unusual crying in a parking lot and made it music. MonoNeon mimics the dog’s outrageous vocalization before putting it to a beat that will get your head bobbing. »

  • Punch Brothers Announce Album, Tour Dates

    Punch Brothers Announce Album, Tour Dates

    The genre-bending bluegrass band Punch Brothers is back with All Ashore, an album that mandolinist describes as “a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in the present climate.” “We were hoping to create something that would be convincing as a complete thought, in this case as a nine-movement, or nine-piece, thought,” he... »