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Rotosound’s Summer Blockbuster: Thousands Of Chances To Win!

Rotosound are delighted to announce their summer blockbuster; they are producing special packs of guitar and bass strings giving customers THOUSANDS OF PRIZES and giveaways worth over £10,000! Customers who buy promotional packs at a participating UK stores are also

Interview: Rob Giles, Circa Zero

I do not play five- or six-string bass, because I can’t count that high and my tuner only has E, A, D and G on it. I slap only in emergencies. The secret of playing bass well? If I told

Interview: Richard Gully, Pylo

I would describe my bass style as sub par. No really, I would say laid-back and subtle. Growing up, my bass style was heavily influenced by punk rock and ska bands, which I still draw influence from today. Overall, though,

Reviews

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BC Rich Mockingbird Plus

A mighty eagle or a mere sparrow? Ian Glasper gets his wings with BC Rich’s new Mockingbird. Now that’s what you call an attention-grabber. Looking like a dramatically-cut, satanic Thunderbird, but cunningly disguised as a Jurassic kitchen work surface, it

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Fender Jazz Custom Shop 1964 ‘New Old Stock’

The most popular, most copied bass in the world: why change a winning formula, says Mike Brooks. What is there to say about the Fender Jazz that hasn’t been uttered thousands of times before? It’s one of the most successful

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Sadowsky Metro M524

A blonde beauty from the land of the rising sun. Mike Brooks investigates.

Features

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High Standards: Jeff Berlin

After four decades, jazz fusion legend Jeff Berlin is composing, playing and educating with as much passion as ever. Mike Flynn meets the great man and learns why jazz theory will make you a better bassist – and human being.

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Suzi Quatro: Natural Born Woman

After 50 years in business, all-grown-up rock icon Suzi Quatro is still playing bass harder than any other three bassists put together. Joel McIver heads to Quatro HQ for the full low-down.

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One from the archives: Robert Trujillo on Jaco

Originally published in BGM 108. Metallica are the biggest metal band the world has ever seen, or indeed will ever see – so why aren’t we talking to their bassist Robert Trujillo about them? Because the great man has a

Gear

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Gear: Fusion Urban gig bag

Fusion’s Urban bass gig bag hits the test bench

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Sunn Coliseum

Chris Hanby recalls the dawn of the Sunn Coliseum in 1970.

Gear review: DB Bass Embee and Elbee Cabinets range

Stuart Clayton road-tests DB’s new cabs. Turn it up, that man!

Interviews

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Studio Talk: Wolfgang Van Halen

An occasional column in which an awesome bassist talks about his or her new album. This month: Wolfgang Van Halen of Tremonti and Van Halen

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High Standards: Jeff Berlin

After four decades, jazz fusion legend Jeff Berlin is composing, playing and educating with as much passion as ever. Mike Flynn meets the great man and learns why jazz theory will make you a better bassist – and human being.

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Steve Hanley: Fall Guy

Steve Hanley served many long years in the iconic post-punk, post-rock, post-everything band The Fall and has written about it in a new autobiography. Joel McIver meets him.

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