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Gear Watch: Carvin SB4001 and SB5001 Bass Guitars
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Gear Watch: Carvin SB4001 and SB5001 Bass Guitars

Carvin has released a new spin on their SB series basses, featuring chambered-bodies. The SB4001 and SB5001 (4 and 5-string respectively), were designed cooperatively between the California based guitar manufacturer and bassist Sekou Bunch with weight in mind. Like the SB4000/SB5000 the body is Alder, but with the fully chambered-body style they weigh nearly a pound less than their predecessors....

Stanley Clarke’s Record Label Debuts New Releases
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Stanley Clarke’s Record Label Debuts New Releases

Bass legend Stanley Clarke has started a new role in the music industry as his record label, Roxboro Entertainment Group, unveiled its first two releases this month. Guitarist Lloyd Gregory’s self-titled CD and multi-instrumentalist Kennard Ramsey’s Somos are available now for download from Amazon, with physical copies coming later this month. Though grounded in jazz, the label’s musicians come from...

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Gear Watch: Fuchs Audio Bruiser Bass Amplifier

Fuchs Audio has announced a new line of bass amplifiers dubbed the “Bruiser”. The amp features a 6-stage, 3-tube preamp with bright, ultra-low, hi and low gain switches and high, parametric midrange, with bass EQ controls for tonal tweaking. Also included in the tube stage is a custom designed phase correct 36 db per octave 20-Hz sub-sonic filter. The 600-watt...

Justin Schornstein with Danny Mo & The Exciters: Let The Praise Begin
Bass Videos

Justin Schornstein with Danny Mo & The Exciters: Let The Praise Begin

Here’s a smokin’ cover of Fred Hammond’s “Let the Praise Begin,” from WestFest 5: A Concert To Benefit The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College of Music. The groove is laid down by bassist Justin Schornstein, who won that years scholarship. WesFest 6 was recently announced.

WestFest 6 Announced
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WestFest 6 Announced

WesFest 6 has been announced, set to take place February 27, 2011 at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California. The event is a celebration of the life of bassist Wes Wehmiller, who passed away after a battle with thyroid cancer in 2005. It is also a fundraiser for the Wes Wehmiller Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, which...

The Wood Brothers Announce Tour Dates, Debut Music Video
Concerts & Tours

The Wood Brothers Announce Tour Dates, Debut Music Video

The Wood Brothers, featuring bassist Chris Wood with brother Oliver, will be touring North America through December and the beginning of the 2011. The brothers, joined by drummer Tyler Greenwell, will be releasing a new album entitled Smoke Ring Halo in February. A new music video for the single “Shoofly Pie,” was unveiled last week (see below). The Wood Brothers...

Grammy Nominations 2011: The Bass List
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Grammy Nominations 2011: The Bass List

The 53rd Annual Grammy Award Nominations are in, and once again it’s been a good year for bassists. Some notable bassists have hit it big this year, including Esperanza Spalding, who is up for Best New Artist, and bass legend Stanley Clarke, whose latest release has garnered him two nominations. This is a historic year for the Grammy Awards, as...

Slipknot to Honor Paul Gray at Sonisphere Festival Performance
Concerts & Tours

Slipknot to Honor Paul Gray at Sonisphere Festival Performance

Slipknot will be making their return to the stage in 2011 as they headline UK’s Sonisphere Festival. The band announced that the show, which is scheduled for July 8th through July 10th, 2011 at Knebworth, will pay homage to the late Paul Gray, who died in May. A statement on the official band site stated, “Expect the band to bring...

Gear Watch: Digitech Unveils BP355 Bass Multi-Effects Pedal
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Digitech Unveils BP355 Bass Multi-Effects Pedal

Digitech has unveiled their latest bass multi-effects pedal, the BP355. Featuring the same AudioDNA 2 processor as its relatives, the BP355 dishes out modeling of 20 amps, 17 speaker cabs, and more than 70 effects, ranging from distortion to envelope filters with nearly everything in between. It also includes 70 factory and 70 user presets, a Tone Library of 30...

Willie Weeks Joins Eric Clapton for Upcoming Tour
Concerts & Tours

Willie Weeks Joins Eric Clapton for Upcoming Tour

Legendary session bassist Willie Weeks will be hitting the road with Eric Clapton on a string of tour dates in support of guitarist’s latest CD, appropriately titled Clapton. The touring band will also feature Steve Gadd on drums, Chris Stainton on keys and Michelle John and Sharon White singing background vocals. The group will be kicking things off in Vancouver,...