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Toto Announces Final “40 Trips Around The Sun” Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Toto Announces Final “40 Trips Around The Sun” Tour Dates

Toto is heading back out on the road in support of their latest greatest hits album, “40 Trips Around The Sun.” They’ve just announced a 20-date U.S. leg that will conclude the nearly two-year tour. The band will once again be anchored by Shem von Schroeck.

Fender Announces Limited Edition Lightweight Ash American Professional Jazz Bass
Basses

Fender Announces Limited Edition Lightweight Ash American Professional Jazz Bass

Fender has unveiled a new limited edition Lightweight Ash American Professional line of instruments. The series includes a Strat, a Telecaster, and, most importantly, a Jazz Bass. Each model is built with a lightweight ash body while retaining most features from their American Professional counterpart.

Marc Stranger-Najjar: History of the Fender Jazz Bass
Bass Videos

Marc Stranger-Najjar: History of the Fender Jazz Bass

Fender has more or less stuck to their two original bass models: the Precision and the Jazz. Following up on an in-depth look at the history of the Precision, Chicago Music Exchange’s Marc Stranger-Najjar digs into the evolution of the Jazz bass starting with its inception in 1960.

The Damned Things Unveil New Lineup for “High Crimes”
New Albums

The Damned Things Unveil New Lineup for “High Crimes”

Rock and metal supergroup The Damned Things is back with a new lineup and a new album. “High Crimes” features Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman, Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley, Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley, and Alkaline Trio bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano.

GR Bass Introduces the Pure Drive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

GR Bass Introduces the Pure Drive Pedal

GR Bass has expanded its line of bass specific gear with the Pure Drive pedal. The unit features a four-band EQ with four selectable frequencies for the mid-range control. It also has deep and bright filters for more general tonal shaping.

Claypool Lennon Delirium with Geddy Lee: Tomorrow Never Knows
Bass Videos

Claypool Lennon Delirium with Geddy Lee: Tomorrow Never Knows

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon kicked off their latest tour with a special treat for fans – and for Claypool. Geddy Lee joined The Delirium onstage in Toronto for their rendition of Sean Lennon’s dad’s, “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

Dub Trio Returns with “The Shape of Dub To Come”
New Albums

Dub Trio Returns with “The Shape of Dub To Come”

Stu Brooks and Dub Trio have just released their fifth album, entitled “The Shape of Dub to Come.” A play on the groundbreaking Ornette Coleman album “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” as well as The Refused’s “The Shape of Punk to Come,” the record is also experimental in its approach to the style.

Maxon Unveils the Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary OD808-40 Overdrive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Maxon Unveils the Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary OD808-40 Overdrive Pedal

Maxon has announced a new limited edition pedal called the OD808-40 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their original OD808 overdrive. It was originally created by former Maxon engineer Susumu Tamura in Japan.

The Cranberries Release Their Final Album, “In The End”
New Albums

The Cranberries Release Their Final Album, “In The End”

The Cranberries were already in the process of making their next album when Dolores O’Riordan tragically passed away in January 2018. Now the remaining members have finished and released what will be their final album, called “In The End.”

Bass of the Week: Urbaniak Not Pear 003
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Urbaniak Not Pear 003

It’s always refreshing to see bass builders thinking outside the box. This week we’ve got a great example of that with the Not Pear by Wes Urbaniak. The thin-bodied acoustic bass takes on a violin-esque shape, but every single Not Pear is different from the next.