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EPIPHONE Embassy
EPIPHONE www.epiphone.com $459 [MSRP] Nostalgia is as prevalent in bass world these days as it is in the rest of the MI industry, with players and luthiers alike all chasing the cool factor of products from the Sixties and Seventies, when life wa
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EBS Stanley Clarke Acoustic Preamp
EBS www.adamhall.com $499 The challenges of successfully replicating the complex sound of a double bass through a PA system or amplifier are substantial. Whether trying to coax an authentic tone out of a nasal-sounding piezo pickup, or struggling
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Yolanda Charles
Yolanda Charles has been a professional bassist for close to 30 years, playing with Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Weller, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, and—when the pandemic finally lifts—Sting, amassing a long list of ses
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ATELIER Z Beta 5+ DX
BASSICALLY BASS GUITARS www.bassicallybassguitars.com $2,499 We’ve reviewed several basses from the Atelier Z Guitar Works range in the past, and here’s their latest souped-up, triple-pickup five-string. With so many tonal options, is it a half-b
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Make Your Tone Cut Through: Part Two
Hello, bassists! Welcome back to our live performance zone, where I’ll be continuing our deep dive into optimizing tone—so that we cut through with a punch when playing live. Having looked at the bass last month, it’s now the turn of the amp. Firstly
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Learn From The Greats Of Bass
Welcome back to my long-running advanced techniques column. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that in BP’s last issue, I gave you the final instalment in my advanced slap bass series. But fear not! Beginning this issue is a series of co
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Explore Chord Swapping
Hello again! Following on from our look at swapping out the bass note to change the chord in the last issue, we’re going to take a look at how this enables us to liven up otherwise simple and repetitive chord progressions. These are methods that crop
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Exploring The Blues For Bass
Welcome! As we’ve seen, pentatonic scales are a versatile form of melodic language. In their rudimentary forms, they’re easy to access on the fretboard, and sound great. However, in a different role, they can complement some of the most advanced harm
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GEAR Reviews
Behold our world-beating bass gear review section, where we bring you the crop of each month’s new, interesting or otherwise relevant bass guitars, bass amplifiers, bass cabs and bass effects. Occasionally we’ll review a guitar effect if it’s useful
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A Great Bass-line In 85 Words Or Less...
Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Give It Away’ (from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 1991) Inspired by überbeard producer Rick Rubin, the Chilis recorded an astounding album in Blood Sugar Sex Magik, still their biggest hit. ‘Give It Away’ is a monster of a single, wi
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Technical Specification
Price| $139.99 Made In| China Power| 20 watts @ 4 ohms Features| -15dB pad switch, volume, bass, middle, treble, Aux level Speakers| 1 x 8” Ampeg Custom8 speaker Dimensions| 427mm (H) x 381mm (W) x 305mm (D) / 16.8” (H) x 15.0” (W) x 12.0” (D)
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Trap Music
“I started learning bass when I was in high school. Two friends had bought starter guitars, and I was the designated bass player. We were going to form the best metal band ever. We had stage sets designed and a plan for a huge gig in the school hall
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BP Notation Legend
The Stave: Most music written for the bass guitar uses the bass clef. The example to the right shows the placement of the notes on the stave. Tablature: This is a graphical representation of the music. Each horizontal line corresponds with a string
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Heavy Weight
“We did our last tour with the Dropkick Murphys, and our last show was October 15, 2019. We got home and started exchanging ideas back and forth, and then we started demoing the new album. I was done recording by the second week of December 2019, a c
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Health Notes
Physician and bassist Dr. Randall Kertz has partnered with Bassline Publishing for the re-release of his acclaimed book The Bassist’s Guide To Injury Management, Prevention And Better Health. Out of print for several years, the book is now available
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Eva Kess
Born in Germany in 1985, Eva Kess grew up in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre and later in Bern, Switzerland, where she lives today. Growing up, she sang songs in German, English, Portuguese, French, and Swiss German with her family, and studied th
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Starr Power
How did you get into bass, Starr? I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My father was a science professor, and my mother was an educator as well. I asked for a guitar when I was five years old, and I remember my father got me a little Roy Rogers plas
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Saint Joseph
If you’re the songwriter, the producer, and the bass player, is the bass playing the least important part of that equation? That’s an interesting question. It’s true that the bass parts are the last thing that get done. I’ve already written the mus
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Technical Specification
Price | $499 Made In | China Features | Two channels, 10 MOhm Impedance inputs, Individual High Pass/ Notch Filter for each channel, XLR input with phantom power, tuner out, serial/parallel effects loop, balanced output with speaker simulator and g
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Namm 2021
NAMM didn’t happen this past January for obvious reasons, but just because we didn’t get to go to California, mingle with 150,000 people and play the coolest bass gear, that doesn’t mean that there’s no bass-related product announcements this year. O
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Brian Marshall Alter Bridge
The Florida rock four-piece Alter Bridge are stuck at home like the rest of us at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped them releasing a live EP, Walk The Sky 2.0, recorded on their most recent tour. Fans of the band, and there are many, will admire th
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Technical Specification
Price| $2,499 Made In| Japan Color| Translucent white, gloss finish Body| Swamp ash, two-piece Neck| Maple, 34” scale Neck Joint| Bolt-on, four-bolt attachment Nut Width| 48mm Fingerboard| Maple Frets| 24 Pickups| 2 x Atelier Z JZ-5 single-c
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Fret Gauges Explained
Caution! Speed bumps ahead... If you’ve been playing bass for a while, you probably know that frets are there on your bass neck in order to keep you in adherence to Western-tempered 12-tone tuning. But why are there different sizes of fret wire? The
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Impedance Explained
Now, here’s a subject that causes a lot of confusion—the dreaded impedance. Relax while I break the idea down to its simplest terms in order to help you understand what it means, and why it’s important to understand when you’re hooking up speaker cab
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Editor Joel McIver joel.mciver@futurenet.com Art Editors Rosie Webber, Mixie Von Bormann Managing Editor Stan Bull Technical Consultant Stuart Clayton Content Director, Music Scott Rowley Group Art Director Graham Dalzell Head of Design (Music) Brad
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Explore The Major Pentatonic
Hey there, bass players! Now that you’re familiar with major and minor triads, I’d like to explore the world of pentatonic scales. Don’t worry—we’ll touch upon seventh chords in a bit. But first, we’re going to meet halfway between the triad and majo
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AMPEG BA-108 v2 Combo
AMPEG www.ampeg.com $139.99 Combos for home and studio use have seen some refinements in recent times, just as gig amplification has done. As dimensions and weights have decreased, the demands of the home player have grown—tone, features, and fle
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Book Of Genesis
Not long before a virus took over the planet, the big buzz in music for fans of progressive rock was the announcement that the legendary bassist Mike Rutherford would be rejoining Tony Banks (keyboards) and Phil Collins (vocals) in a reformation of t
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Flying High
When the veteran metal trio Raven fly to gigs, pandemic permitting of course, bassist John Gallagher has a novel way of keeping his famous Flying V-shaped basses safe. “My basses all have bolt-on necks,” he tells BP, “because when we fly, I take the
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Technical Specification
Price| $459 [MSRP] Made In| Korea Body| Layered maple with single-ply cream binding, Sparkling Burgundy and Faded Pelham Blue finishes available Neck| Mahogany, 34” scale Fingerboard| Indian Laurel, 20 frets Pickups| JCB-1 low-impedance humbucke
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