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REVIEW: Mayones Comodous 6 Bass

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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

Epiphone Celebrates Bass Month With A New Consumer Promotion for June 2014

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

INTERVIEW: Morbid Angel’s David Vincent

David VincentNot that it’s a competition, but if it was, Morbid Angel are one of the most significant bands in death metal history. They already would have earned that title on the strength of their songs, their musicianship and their attitude, but their status as legends was solidified with the release of their third album Covenant in 1993. For Covenant was the very first death metal album to be released by a major label, selling over 130,000 copies in the United States alone and breaking the door down for heavier genres – and also achieving the rare feat of packing a major label album full of occult and satanic lyrics (and without the sense of theatre that accompanies bands like Ghost BC). To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this landmark album last year, Morbid Angel hit the road for a few months to play Covenant from start to finish, followed by a selection of classic cuts. And now they’re bringing the show down here to Australia, playing a handful of dates in April. Continue reading

Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Giveaway

P_JackCasady-SB2PRESS 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

NAMM: New DigiTech Bass Whammy

basswhammyPRESS 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

NAMM: Source Audio Soundblox 2 MANTA Bass Filter

224PRESS 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

New Fender Custom Shop Goodies

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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

The Mighty Ibanez BTB7 7-string Bass

BTB7 ThumbnailYou 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

RIP Trevor Bolder

trevorbolder2013Trevor 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 MarsAladdin 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

REVIEW: Schecter Stiletto Studio 4

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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

NAMM: Peavey Michael Anthony VB-MA Amp

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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.

As a member of legendary bands, Michael Anthony has toured the globe, performing before millions of people. Currently with the supergroup Chickenfoot, Anthony has relied on the Peavey VB-3 exclusively and is now proud to share a uniquely voiced model that suits his exacting demands perfectly. Continue reading

NAMM: Aria To Release Cliff Burton Bass!

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Just just drifted across Twitter via Metallica:

@ARIA_Guitars will launch the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass at @NAMMShow. Ray Burton will intro & sign autographs Fri 1/25 at Noon

See more pics here and check it out on the official Aria website here. Can’t wait to check this one out!

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