Great Simpsons Guitar Moments

The Simpsons

The Simpsons has always been a music-friendly show, with many great cameos from the likes of Aerosmith, James Brown, The Ramones, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jack White… the list goes on and on. One of the best things about being a guitar nerd is that you see guitars everywhere you look, and we obsessed types can find plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it guitar moments in The Simpsons. Here are a few of my personal favourites. What are yours? Share it in the comments! Read More …

REVIEW: Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI

I recently fulfilled a long, long-held dream of mine by finally acquiring a Bass VI – in this case, the Squier Vintage Modified version (which I bought from my friends at World of Music). Remember the instrument that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t let Marty DeBergi even look at in This Is Spinal Tap? Bass VI. If you’ve never heard of the Bass VI, let me give you a brief run-down: it looks a bit like a Fender Jaguar but it has a 30” scale length and is tuned E-to-E like a guitar, except a full octave lower so that the lowest four strings are the same pitches as those of a regular four-string bass. The string spacing is closer than a regular bass, and I can’t think of too many basses with whammy bars, especially Jaguar-style units. So what is this? Is it a bass? Is it a guitar? The answer to both questions is ‘yes and no.’ Or more accurately, it’s simply a Bass VI. It’s lower than the lowest baritone guitars, and it goes higher than conventional four-string basses by a full two strings. Read More …

Incoming New Guitar Day: Squier Bass VI

squier-vintage-modified-bass-vi-630-80Sometimes it’s nice to treat yerself (even if it means living on ramen noodles for a few weeks), so to celebrate two years of my super-awesome job I’m treating myself to a Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI. I’ve had a crush on these things ever since they were announced, but my lust for the Bass VI goes back to when I first saw Spinal Tap and became curious about the surf-green guitar that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t let Marty Di Bergi touch (or even look at). The Bass VI is a relatively obscure and definitely interesting instrument which looks almost like a Fender Jaguar but is tuned a full octave below a guitar. It can be played like a bass, like a guitar, or like its own instrument, which is really what it is. You can hear the Bass VI in music by The Cure (seriously, it’s all over so much Cure stuff that it’s hard to imagine their sound without it) and plenty of stuff by Placebo too.  Read More …

NEWS: Metallica rocks twin bass attack at Hall of Fame

Metallica has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony which featured performances of ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ with both Robert Trujillo and Jason Newstead on bass, in what was probably the most momentous multi-bass moment since Spinal Tap’s ‘Big Bottom.’

According to this post on Blabbermouth.net: METALLICA played “Master Of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman” at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with the band’s former bassist Jason Newsted and his replacement, Robert Trujillo, both taking part in the performance (the group played as a five-piece). They also led a “surprise jam” at the end of the night consisting of “Train Kept A Rollin'”, with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ Flea, LED ZEPPELIN’s Jimmy Page, AEROSMITH’s Joe Perry and Jeff Beck.

Check out this video of the jam:

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NEWS: Spinal Tap to play Australian V Festival?

According to Australia’s News.com.au, Spinal Tap are going to headline the Australian incarnation of the 2009 V Festival.

The news isn’t yet on the V Festival home page, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody let the news slip in an interview.

Here’s part of the News.com.au article:

SNOW Patrol will be sharing the V Festival stage next March with The Killers, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs, Duffy and dozens more but frontman Gary Lightbody told music editor Kathy McCabe he’s hanging to hang out with the legendary Spinal Tap, who will also join the bill.

“We played Live Earth before them and I gave them a shout-out, so they asked to see us later to say thanks,” he said yesterday.

“They are comic geniuses and more so, because I am such a Simpsons-ophile, Harry Shearer is a god. They gave me a hug – I could have held on forever.”

Read the rest of the article here.

I hope this is true and isn’t taken out of context somehow. I had the pleasure of meeting Harry Shearer at a charity event a few years ago where he performed a few Spinal Tap, Folksmen and Simpsons songs (“See …my …vest, see my vest, made of real gorilla chest”), and I never dreamed I’d get to see Tap in person.

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