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James Lascu of Wilson on the bass end

Pic: Anthony Norkus I’m strictly a finger player. I basically try to blast my strings as hard as possible while still maintaining precision and timing. With Wilson, I strictly play four-string basses live. I’m not opposed to using multi-string basses

Joe Hubbard talks bass

I’m an improvising bassist. Improvisation is a concept of creating musical lines based on understanding the components of music which includes melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint and form. When learning you need to break down all of these components in isolation

Andy Pullin of Voodoo Sheiks supplies bass advice

I’m always striving to be in the pocket, while aiming to be as creative and ‘moving’ as I can be, and avoiding over-indulgence. I’m partial to some thumping and popping. I’m working at the moment on developing the mad Victor

Reviews

Swan Song Guitars

Arizona’s Swan Song bass-makers have debuted with a serious piece of bass hardware. Joel McIver ruffles its feathers

  Just the words ‘Rimrock, Arizona’ make this pale, typically sun-deprived Brit faint at the thought of how hot it must be in Swan Song’s workshop. Either luthier Nelson Joyce and his team have industrial-strength air-conditioning or they’re built like

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ASHDOWN MAG ROOTMASTER 420 AMP AND 210T CAB

The British amp legends launch a spiffing new range – and Kev Sanders gets straight to the root of the matter… Ashdown Engineering There’s always a buzz of excitement among the bass community prior to the launch of a new

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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 Bass Gear www.bassgear.co.uk What is there to say about the Fender Jazz that hasn’t been uttered thousands of times before? It’s one of

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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Way Up

Pete Way is one of this country’s true heavy rock legends. Lee Marlow meets the great man for a chat about a life spent at the low end. A Gibson Thunderbird slung low. Too low, really, but no one cared,

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Screen Gem – Robert Trujillo

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 very special project to discuss:

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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,

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