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  • Genz-Benz Unveils New Amps at NAMM 2011

    Genz-Benz Unveils New Amps at NAMM 2011

    Genz-Benz unveiled three new amps at the NAMM show, including two in the new Streamliner series and an update to the ShuttleMax line. Sporting a retro look and feel, the Streamliner 900 and 600 amps have straight-ahead controls, allowing players to “focus more on their playing and less on adjusting knobs.” The models feature Class... »

  • Robert Hurst Releases Unrehurst, Vol. 2

    Robert Hurst Releases Unrehurst, Vol. 2

    Jazz bassist Robert Hurst has released Unrehurst, Vol. 2, a straight-ahead trio album featuring pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Chris Dave. As the names suggests, the CD was recorded in 2007 without any rehearsals at Smoke in New York City, though that’s not how the jazz veteran had planned it. A taped-off crime scene prevented... »

  • Billy Sheehan Featured on Metal Frank Sinatra Tribute

    Billy Sheehan Featured on Metal Frank Sinatra Tribute

    Bassist Billy Sheehan will be part of the “house band” of an upcoming heavy metal tribute to Frank Sinatra. The album, SIN-atra, is collection of twelve of the master jazz vocalist’s most famous tunes sung by the “finest voices in rock,” including Dee Snider, Tim “Ripper” Owens, and Joey Belladonna. Bassists/vocalists Glenn Hughes and Doug... »

  • Tom Hamilton on Aerosmith Writing New Material, Planning Tour and Dreaming of Bass Player Idol

    Tom Hamilton on Aerosmith Writing New Material, Planning Tour and Dreaming of Bass Player Idol

    Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton recently taped an update video for the band’s fan site AeroForceOne revealing that the group is working on new material “commencing immediately,” and should be touring by the end of the year. The group’s progress has been delayed by singer Steven Tyler’s new gig as a judge on the TV show... »

  • Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

    Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

    Fender has rolled out a few new bass products this year, including the introduction of their bass models into the American Special series and an update to the Mark Hoppus Signature Jazz Bass. The American Special Precision and Jazz basses are built in the U.S. and feature a slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and the... »

  • Seth Horan: Letter to the Editor

    Seth Horan: Letter to the Editor

    Who says you need a band to play gigs? Singer-songwriter Seth Horan utilizes a looping pedal to fill out the song, which is the opening track on his album Clang & Chime. »

  • Gear Watch: F-Bass Alain Caron Classic Bass

    Gear Watch: F-Bass Alain Caron Classic Bass

    F-Bass has released a new Alain Caron signature model, dubbed the AC-Classic. Built to attain an “upright” tone from an electric bass, the instrument features a redwood top, additional chambering, and a floating bridge. Another new development for the series is a natural sounding RMC piezo pickup system that is controlled by master volume, bass... »

  • Louis Johnson and Bill Dickens Jam

    Louis Johnson and Bill Dickens Jam

    Here’s a cool video of funk legend Louis Johnson and 7-string wonder Bill Dickens trading licks at The Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The clip kicks off with a couple minutes of drums by Reggie Bordeaux (and some weird faces), but once the two bassists start lettin’ loose, the good times roll. »

  • Gear Watch: Ampeg Heritage B-15

    Gear Watch: Ampeg Heritage B-15

    Among a slew of new gear Ampeg released at NAMM this year is the Heritage B-15, a combo that pays homage to former Ampeg VP Jess Oliver’s original flip-top design. Limited to 50 units, the B-15 is hand-built and hand-wired in the U.S. by George Metropolous and his team at Metroamps. The classic design includes... »

  • Jerry Scheff: Elvis Concert Bass Solo

    Jerry Scheff: Elvis Concert Bass Solo

    Here’s a classic clip of bassist Jerry Scheff pouring his soul into a blues solo during a taped performance with Elvis Presley. »