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Wayward Basses extravaganza in November!

This November sees The Islington play host to a magical night of bass, but not as we know it… The evening will feature Twinscapes – Colin Edwin and Lorenzo Feliciati’s duo that wowed audiences at the London Bass Guitar Show

Metallica meets Jaco Pastorius!

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The Tall English Sun, New Neo-Psychedelic Pop album by Jason How

Available now, The Tall English Sun, is a stunning neo-psychedelic influenced debut album from Jason How, the CEO and Managing Director of the world famous Rotosound Strings. Drawing heavily on the musical influences he has been surrounded by all his

Reviews

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Fender Rumble 100 and 500

Duff Battye puts two of Fender’s new Rumble combo series to the test. Will they make the earth move for him? The 2014 NAMM trade show in California saw guitar and amp giant Fender launch their Rumble series of bass

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RIKKERS 30th Anniversary Hollowline

Got a spare four grand? If so, this slab of delicious Dutch-ness may be for you, declares Joel McIver When the courier delivered this bass to BGM’s command bunker, we wondered why Rikkers had sent it in a massive flight

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Ibanez SRI200E Premier

Ibanez has a new Premium range of basses. Mike Brooks finds out if ‘Premium’ means Waitrose or Aldi…

Features

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California Dreaming

Glenn Hughes, once of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Black Country Communion, returns with a new band, California Breed. Joel McIver gets the lowdown If you’ve been following the remarkable career of bassist extraordinaire and Voice Of Rock Glenn Hughes, you’ll know

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Ampeg v4-B

Chris doffs his hat to Ampeg’s venerable V4-B After Ampeg’s successful launch of the SVT in 1969, the world looked to be a changed place as far as we bassists were concerned. No longer did we strive for volume, as

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Tomas Sperring Amber Run

My bass style is far from complicated, although I do love a good passing note or six. It might sound clichéd, but it’s just whatever fits into the mood of the song: it’s never really there to stand out. Circus freakshow crossed with

Gear

Rotosound Announce String Change Clinics

Rotosound is pleased to announce a series of free of charge ‘String Change’ Clinics where bass player and Rotosound demonstrator Jim Houghton will be available to restring customer guitars and basses throughout the day. In demand bassist Jim Houghton is

AC Guitars announce new range of woods

AC Guitars is very pleased to announce the introduction of the ART tops and fingerboards. The ART woods (Acrylic Resin Treated) will be available in the Über Series of basses and represent the ongoing partnership between AC Guitars and Gallery Hardwoods. This

Brand new Yamaha TRBX range coming!

Fingers at the ready. We played all three of Yamaha’s new basses, from the budget sub-£200 version to the midlevel bass with five-position preset EQ and the top-of-the-range TRBX. Look out for a review in Bass Guitar Magazine shortly…

Interviews

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The man who would be king

Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill meets Jon D’Auria for the lowdown on his band’s new record, life on the road and the small matter of selling out stadiums with his band of brothers… Pics: Kevin Estrada There’s an old proverb

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Cage the Gods’ Mitch Witham reveals his bass deities

In the studio, I try to get quite an aggressive tone by digging into the strings with a pick – gives it a nice bit of attack!

Richard Turner of Blackberry Smoke checks in

In my head, my tiny brain only really wants two strings: the E for bass lines and the A for soloing – that’s really all that’s required

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