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NAMM 2010

Hadrien Feraud & Evan Marien: NAMM 2010 Jam

Here are two great bassists, Hadrien Feraud and Evan Marien jamming at the Markbass booth during NAMM 2010. And here they are, looking even cooler:

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Nathan Watts receives International Bassist Award

A lot can be said about someone who has won an award that has only been given out twice, especially when the other winner was Jaco Pastorius. Nathan Watts, who has played in Stevie Wonder’s rhythm section for the last 36 years and has served as Stevie’s musical director for the last twelve, was awarded the International Bassist Award at...

Michael Manring: Zon demo at NAMM

We’re still digging up videos from NAMM here and there… Here’s Michael Manring, playing his Signature Bass at the Zon booth during NAMM 2010. Crank up your speakers a little, the audio is a little light.

Gear Watch: Tech 21 Red Ripper

The new Red Ripper Fuzz for bass from Tech 21 is more than your ordinary distortion box. It actually responds to the dynamics of your touch, so if you play harder you get more fuzz and higher harmonics, and if you play softer you get less fuzz and enhanced lower harmonics. Very nice for dynamic contrast. The Red Ripper’s “R.I.P.”...

Gear Watch: Peavey introduces bass guitars to its PXD series

Peavey has introduced two new basses guitars to their modern metal inspired PXD Series: the Tragic 4 and Void 4. Both the Tragic and Void are 4-string neck-through-body basses that feature an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fretboard. Both models also enjoy the incredible tonal control of Peavey VFL active pickups, which are the same proprietary electronics that Peavey...

Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey NAMM Jam

Another short but cool video from NAMM 2010… this time, Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey jam at the Fender booth.

Gear Watch: Ampeg announces two new SVT-PRO series heads

Ampeg announced two new heads in their popular SVT-PRO Series, the SVT-7PRO and SVT-8PRO. Both heads are light-weight rack-mountable units designed to deliver high wattage and tonal flexibility. The SVT-7PRO is a compact head, weighing in at only 15 pounds. The head features a flexible 5-position mid tone control, remote switching FX loop, and an onboard variable compressor. The tube...

Victor Bailey: TecAmp Booth Bass Jam with Sekou Bunch & Andrew Lauer

Check out Victor Bailey and this impromptu jam with Sekou Bunch and Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer at the TecAmp booth during the NAMM 2010 show. Editor’s note: the original video featured here was removed by the author. Here’s a shorter clip of the same performance:

Doug Johns live at the NAMM 2010 Bass Bash

Doug Johns live at the NAMM 2010 Bass Bash

Here’s bassist Doug Johns doing another incredible performance at the 2010 Bass Bash during the NAMM show. Apparently, Doug was called up last minute to do an impromptu jam. In this clip, he starts off with his own take on Jaco’s “Continuum” before jumping into to a whole other jam (all while playing on the drum kit). Holy smokes.

Gear Watch: Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner

Boss has announced the newest version of their stompbox tuner, the TU-3 Chromatic Tuner. The pedal is an update from their TU-2 and has all the same features and then some. Built in a tough stompbox chassis, this pedal is tough. A new high-brightness meter mode allows for better visibility under bright sunlight, and it also has a 21-segment meter...

Gear Watch: Digitech JamMan Stereo and JamMan Solo Looper Pedals

Loopers rejoice! Digitech has introduced the new JamMan Solo and JamMan Stereo Looper pedals. The Stereo looper features true stereo loops as well as reverse playback, and the Solo is designed “for the guitarist or bassist looking for a full-featured looper in a compact form.” The pedals feature storage of up to 35 minutes of CD-Quality loops in 99 loops...

Pete Skjold & David Dyson NAMM jam

Bassist David Dyson and bass designer Pete Skjold held a little jam at Skjold’s booth at the 2010 NAMM show.