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. Continue reading
Poland’s Mayones makes extremely fine, high-quality guitars with a very distinctive look and style, great tone woods and amazing playability. But their basses are equally distinctive and high quality. The Comodous 6 is a breathtaking instrument – quite literally, because everyone I showed it to had the same shocked reaction to its sheer size, odd shape and the striking nature of its top. Aah, but as anyone who’s played a Mayones guitar will know, you can’t judge one on looks: it all happens when you pick that first note. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone, a world leader in guitar and bass manufacturing, is proud to announce a new series of consumer promotions beginning on June 1, 2014. This June, Epiphone is celebrating Bass Month where customers who buy an Epiphone bass will receive a free Epiphone Deluxe Leather Strap. Customers must register their bass on Epiphone.com to receive their free gift. Epiphone basses are the industry standard for pros and pros-at-heart in every genre, not only for their superior workmanship but also for their great sound and cutting edge designs. Epiphone basses like the Jack Casady Signature, the Toby Deluxe IV and the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO are just a few of the models that have made Epiphone the go-to bass on stage or in the studio. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone continues its fan-inspired monthly giveaways for 2014. And during the month of February, Epiphone is offering fans a chance to win a signed Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass in stunning Silverburst finish. Designed in close collaboration with Casady, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of Bass Player’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Jack Casady Signature Bass is considered by both fans and professionals to be one of the greatest electric basses ever made. The Jack Casady Signature Bass has been seen on stage with Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Britpop legends The Stone Roses, and of course, Jack Casady himself both solo and with Hot Tuna. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: For over 20 years DigiTech® has provided the most sought after pitch shifting pedals for guitar and bass. With that, we are thrilled to re-release the legendary Bass Whammy™. The Bass Whammy features all of the Whammy and Harmony settings of the original, but also offers several modern upgrades and additions. Our latest pitch shifting technology has been optimized for bass guitar frequencies, and the Bass Whammy provides both Classic and Chords modes for both soloing and chordal playing. Two modes of detune provide subtle thickening and lush sonic textures. True bypass ensures your tone is never compromised when the effect is off. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox 2 MANTA Bass Filter. The Manta is the next generation of Source Audio’s popular Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter. The pedal features 12 top-notch filter effects that triggered the success of the original Soundblox Pro BEF plus the addition of eight variations of on-board distortion. The distortions are not just crunch, or amp simulation; they are specifically designed to work in tandem with the filter effect selections. The Manta’s vast range of effect combinations and adjustable parameters offer an abundance of options, from classic funk tones to modern, super-aggressive dubstep wobble effects. Continue reading
It’s always fun seeing what the Fender Custom Shop comes out with throughout the year. It seems that every few months there’s another interesting reissue, unique reimagining or ‘I can’t believe they’re making that!’ artist model. It just so happens that with this newest round of offerings the Custom Shop has made two instruments that have tipped my ‘Oh awesome‘ trigger, as well as two that are simply cool. The two that are currently making me pawn my kidneys are the Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass and the Closet Classic™ Rosewood Telecaster. Are you kidding me? Geddy Lee’s Moving Pictures bass and George Harrison’s Let It Be rooftop-gig Telecaster? Shut up and be owned by me already!!! Anyway, here’s the press release with plenty of info about each model. Continue reading
You might remember that yesterday I was pondering the rise of the 7-string, and how the music is dictating the development of the instrument. A similar thing happened when 5-string basses appeared on the scene. Then there were 6-string basses, which remain something of a niche instrument for jazz and prog guys, really: you don’t tend to see them in punk bands. Just sayin.’ Anyway, so as to not feel left out by the rise of the 8-string guitar, Ibanez has created the BTB7 Limited Edition 7-string bass. Compared to a regular four-string bass it adds one extra low string and two extra high ones: it’s tuned (low to high) B E A D G C F. Continue reading
Trevor Bolder – bass player for David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars and for Uriah Heep – has died of cancer aged 62. Man, glam just wouldn’t be the same without the image of Bolder, huge sideburns and Gibson EB-O bass, but more importantly, it wouldn’t sound the same. Just listen to his work on Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups. And Bolder remained active with Uriah Heep up until 2011’s awesome Into The Wild album. Here’s an official statement from Uriah Heep: Continue reading
Schecter is well known on the metal scene for their incredibly shredworthy axes (which is a huge about-face when you consider the company’s earlier days making great Strat and Tele-type instruments for players like The Who’s Pete Townshend). And this helps Schecter’s basses to have a lot going for them too: the company really understands how to make a fast, playable and comfortable neck on an instrument that is designed to handle the rigours of the road.
The Studio-4 is a neck-through instrument with a multi-laminate maple/walnut neck and body core, given some extra visual pop by mahogany body wings topped with slices of bubinga. Combined with a rosewood fretboard, the look is elegant and refined, and it’s the kind of bass that could look equally at home on a country, blues, rock or metal gig. There are some hints to the company’s modern metal leanings, particularly in the form of the pointy headstock, but the overall look gives the impression that this is not a one-trick pony. Continue reading
Would Van Halen I be as iconic if it didn’t kick off with Michael Anthony’s couldn’t-be-more-simple-or-more-cool intro to ‘Runnin’ With The Devil’? …Look, I’m gonna say no. Mike was a huge part of Van Halen’s classic sound, and it’s great to hear him loud and proud in Chickenfoot. Mike now has a signature Peavey bass amp, a nice match for his Yamaha BB3000MA bass, I might add, and it’s an all-tube, 300-watt beast that somehow still manages to weigh in at a manageable 38 pounds.
Here’s the press release.
January 24, 2013, Meridian, MS – Peavey Electronics, known for its commitment to tonal quality and innovation, today announces the new Michael Anthony VB-MA™ signature tube-powered bass amplifier. This 300-Watt all-tube head packs a low-end punch, while weighing in at an extremely portable 38 lbs.