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Chris Charlesworth remembers John Entwistle

Remember our cover story from back in 2012, a decade after we lost the great John Entwistle? Please read this appreciation from John’s friend and journalist Chris Charlesworth and share it on social media. Thanks!  

Willie Paredes of Activator discusses all things bass

My bass style is just blues-based punk with some hip-hop thrown in for good measure. The first band I ever played in, Natural Selection, was a hip-hop act with live bass and drums where we were basically holding down these

Rob Reed on bass style

I mostly play with a plectrum because I like the accurate sound it produces. It also has more bite for harder music, and makes it easier to place in the mix. I play a four-string bass, I’m not so sure

Reviews

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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

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Carvin MB10, MB15 & MB210 Micro Bass Combos

Low-cost bass combos with healthy power ratings and small dimensions? Sounds like a good deal for the player looking for a portable set-up… Mike Brooks lines them up Powerful, transportable combos are always in demand, and with fuel costs and

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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