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Custom Shop: An Interview with Oscar Prat
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: An Interview with Oscar Prat

When we posted photos from Summer NAMM in June, there was a huge uproar over pictures that included custom extended range basses by luthier Oscar Prat. We showed an 8-string and a 12-string bass, and the debate on what qualifies as a bass was on! Since then, we’ve caught up with Prat to find out how he got his start...

Robert Trujillo: Metallica is Writing New Material
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Robert Trujillo: Metallica is Writing New Material

As Metallica is getting geared up for their tour of New Zealand and Australia, bassist Robert Trujillo revealed that the iconic metal band has been writing new songs. He reports that the group has amassed “tons of material” by writing backstage and at jam sessions during their time on the road, though they haven’t really put it all together yet....

Gear Watch: Empress Phaser Pedal
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Empress Phaser Pedal

Empress Effects has just released a new phaser pedal that features an all-analog signal path that is controlled by a microprocessor, giving analog tone with digital control and adaptability. This allows for the classic sounds you’re used to, but its groundbreaking auto modes (envelope filtering, audio-triggered sweeps, rhythms and direct control) are what make it stand out. The Empress Phaser...

Rob Wasserman and His 6 String EUB, with Bob Weir: Victim or the Crime
Bass Videos

Rob Wasserman and His 6 String EUB, with Bob Weir: Victim or the Crime

Here’s a clip from 1990 of Rob Wasserman and Bob Weir on the show “Nightmusic”, performing “Victim or the Crime.” Check out Rob’s 6-string electric upright!

Bullet For My Valentine Bassist to Miss Tour Dates
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Bullet For My Valentine Bassist to Miss Tour Dates

Bullet For My Valentine bassist Jason James will be sitting out for a portion of the band’s current tour. The band issued a statement this week: “The band regrets to inform you that Jason James [bass] will be taking time off from the current North American tour. He has to take some time to attend to a family matter starting...

John Paul Jones, Michael Manring to Attend Manson’s Guitar Show
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John Paul Jones, Michael Manring to Attend Manson’s Guitar Show

Manson’s Guitar Shop has announced ex-Led Zeppelin/ Them Crooked Vultures bassist John Paul Jones will be a special guest at their 16th annual guitar show, set for October 23 and 24th, 2010 at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter, England. Jones has a long standing with company owner Hugh Manson, who just released a signature model for JPJ based on...

The Who to Release Previously Unheard Material
New Albums

The Who to Release Previously Unheard Material

A new edition of The Who’s Live at Leeds album will include an unreleased performance from Hull City Hall in February 1970. As it turns out, the Hull concert was set to be the band’s actual release, with the now legendary concert at Leeds University acting as a backup live recording. Unfortunately, John Entwistle’s bass track was missing from the...

Gear Watch: TASCAM TC-1S Solar Powered Tuner
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: TASCAM TC-1S Solar Powered Tuner

TASCAM has unveiled the world’s first solar-powered tuner, the TC-1S. The tuner, which comes in six colors, runs on a battery charged by a bank of solar cells, but a USB input is included to quickly charge up in case you’re in the dark. A strap and clip are built on to the shockproof silicon cover so you can keep...

YellowJackets Sign to Mack Avenue, Plan New Album
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YellowJackets Sign to Mack Avenue, Plan New Album

The contemporary jazz band Yellowjackets have just signed to Mack Avenue Records, and will be making their label debut in 2011 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first album. The release will be their 21st studio album, following 2008’s Lifecycle. The current band lineup includes founding member and bassist Jimmy Haslip, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, drummer Will Kennedy and saxophonist...

Tony Franklin: Morning Raga (The Mother’s Call)
Bass Videos

Tony Franklin: Morning Raga (The Mother’s Call)

Here’s a clip of Tony Franklin playing one of his original songs at Bass Bash in 2006, accompanied by guitarist Greg Koch and drummer John Calarco.