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Interview: Ben Green, Godflesh

Pic: Diana Lynn Ring I would describe my bass style as heavy, downtuned and driving. Sometimes I play chords to give extra weight and depth. I like to have as big a physical impact on people’s bodies as I can.

FM’s Merv Goldsworthy speaks!

Here’s an excerpt from our interview with FM bassist Merv Goldsworthy, released in time for the veteran UK rockers’ tour in May. They also have a new album out called Heroes And Villains. See dates below the feature! Tell us

Interview: Ivo Ramalho, Poeticat

Even though I love a good low B sometimes, I do not play five- or six-string bass. I can get everything I need musically from a four-string bass: most of the bass players that have inspired me over the years

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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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!

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Hartke HD25 And HD50 Combos

Dave Clarke has a heart to Hartke with a new range of highly portable combos. Rightly or wrongly, combos falling into the category of ‘practice amps’ tend to be used in small rehearsal spaces, intimate live settings for acoustic gigs

Interviews

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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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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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