REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass

Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass

Guest review by Sam Radojcin

Sometime in late 2014, I ordered, waited for and purchased a bassist’s holy grail if you will – A Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V in Natural. It took its time arriving from the US. I think my remaining hair got greyer in the meaintime, but once this beauty arrived I was blown away.  Amazing craftsmanship, a smooth neck, beautiful sustain and a great sound that I thought could not be beaten.

As beautiful and perfect as it was, I was offered an opportunity from the fine folks at Seymour Duncan to check out a set of their 5-String Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass pickups (see the Seymour Duncan bass pickup range here) to give them a road test and give my thoughts on their fine products. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Jeff Hughell

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By Daniel Gonzalez

For 20 years, Jeff Hughell has quietly been gaining recognition as one of today’s most innovative bass players.  Equipped with his custom made 7-string bass guitar, Hughell’s arsenal of technique and chops can cover a range of genres stretching from death metal to jazz.  Here we sit down with Jeff to discuss his debut LP, Chaos Labyrinth, how it all started, and some future plans.   Read More …

Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Compressor

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PRESS RELEASE: The Studio Bass Compressor is a studio-grade soft-knee compressor designed for bassists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. It’s extremely low noise and has an easy-to-use control format: The Blend knob allows you to adjust the amount of wet signal so you can bring natural snap back into your individual notes. The Volume knob lets you control the output (or you can push it up and lower the Compression for a great clean boost). The Attack knob regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack – cranking it up will give a late attack that allows your pick or finger dynamics to come through before the compression kicks in. The Compressor knob is the heart of the pedal and allows you to easily control the dynamic range.  Read More …

NAMM: The Return Of The Talman …In Bass Form!

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a huge Ibanez Talman fan. I have a sparkly Talman TC825 with Bigsby vibrato that I post pretty often. My hope is that soon Ibanez will re-release the Talman, and I don’t want to jinx it but it feels like my dream may be edging a little closer to reality with the appearance of the Talman bass at NAMM. There are two models – TMB300 and TMB100. Each has a mahogany body and maple neck, 20 frets and a standard bridge. The TMB300 has a Dynamix J2 humbucker in the back pickup position and a Dynamix P1 in the front. The TMB100 has a Dynamix J1 in the back and P1 in the front. And there are plenty of colour options available.

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Fender Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass

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PRESS RELEASE:
Fender is extremely proud to announce the Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass guitar, based on the instrument Dee Dee played with seminal punk rock band the Ramones. The bass guitar, which is debuting at the “Dee Dee Ramone Exhibition” located at New York City’s famed Hotel Chelsea from December 10 – January 1, will be available for sale at authorized Fender dealers and on www.fender.com on January 22. Punk bass starts with Douglas “Dee Dee Ramone” Colvin. As the pounding heart of the Ramones, he pioneered a no-frills sound and style that left a permanent mark on rock music. On a white Fender Precision Bass slung impossibly low, he defined punk bass with simple but breakneck bass lines delivered with such pulverizing sound, speed and conviction that he singlehandedly set the template for generations of punk bassists to come. Read More …

Moniker Customizable Bass Guitars & Online Giveaway

Moniker Guitars has launched a new line of customisable basses, and they’re celebrating the launch with a giveaway in association with D’Addario where you can win the bass you design! There are two body shapes available: the Zuma and the Dixie. I’ve taken a bash at a few bass designs here. Try your own! Below is the press release.

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PRESS RELEASE: Custom guitar manufacturer Moniker Guitars has made a name for itself by allowing customers to design and purchase Moniker electric guitars online at MonikerGuitars.com. Now Moniker is expanding its offering by adding customizable bass guitars. To celebrate the launch of the bass guitar line, Moniker has teamed up with string manufacturer D’Addario to giveaway a custom bass to one lucky winner who designs a bass at MonikerGuitars.comand shares the design on Twitter. The giveaway kicks off today and runs through October 30th. “A lot of work goes into creating a line of customizable bass guitars. We choose the types of wood, scale length, electronics, pickups and parts. Choosing D’Addario XL strings was easy. American made bass guitars deserve American made strings.” says co-owner Kevin Tully.   Read More …

REVIEW: Sterling By Music Man SUB RAY4

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This gets a bit tricky, so bare with me. Originally there was Music Man, a company co-founded by Leo Fender which made instruments and amplifiers. One of their developments was the StingRay bass, which Sterling Ball helped to design. This company was eventually sold to Ernie Ball. In the noughties, Certain Ernie Ball Music Man designs were the basis for a budget line called OLP (which quite blandly stood for Official Licensed Product). They were great budget instruments but eventually that came to an end. Then there was (and is) Sterling By Music Man, which offers mid-priced (and brilliant) instruments based on classic MM designs. Now there’s SUB by Sterling by Music Man to cater to the budget end of the market again. These instruments were released at NAMM a couple of years ago and they feature several classic Music Man designs, one of which is the StingRay, in the form of the Ray4 four-string and Ray5 five-string. Read More …