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Win David Ellefson’s audiobook!

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson published an acclaimed autobiography, My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning In A Life Of Rock’N’Roll, in 2013, co-written with BGM editor Joel McIver. The tome is now available as an audiobook, and Ellefson has slung three of the audio

Session veteran Mo Foster to receive a BASCA Gold Badge

Hats off to bass legend Mo Foster, recipient of a prestigious award next month alongside Bob Geldof and others: http://basca.org.uk/2014/09/09/2014-gold-badge-award-recipients-announced/   You can also catch Mo in person at the ICMP on September 29:   http://icmp.co.uk/events/institute-freshers-mo-foster

Chris Livesey of The Creature Comfort says yes to bass

I would describe my bass style as rolling thunderous and superglued to rhythm. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because our sound doesn’t require it yet. The secret of playing bass well? It’s not rocket science… My first

Reviews

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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

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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

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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