Chasing the shadow of the Funk Machine

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Documentary maker Paul Crutcher is on the hunt to find James Jamerson’s ‘Funk Machine’ Fender Precision. He tells Ben Cooper that he’s closing in on the prize.

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Best of 2014 competition winner announced!

Back in October we asked BGM readers to nominate your favourite bass-related event of 2014. You responded with a flood of entries, some hilarious, many serious, but all highly gratifying: the winning entry goes to Robert Mitchell, who nominated his daughter

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Happy Campers: Warwick Bass Camp Report


 Mike Flynn heads to the Warwick Bass Camp to discover why it’s becoming one of the hottest European bass events of the year. The term ‘Disneyland for bassists’ might seem over the top when describing Warwick’s factory and headquarters in

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Summer NAMM 2014 Report


Jamie Blaine heads to Nashville to discover the next half-year’s worth of killer bass gear. Stop drooling at the back! It’s 10am and unseasonably cold in the epicentre of American music, Nashville, Tennessee. We’re standing on the street corner staring

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Crop Circle: Cropredy Festival 2014 Report

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Lamb bassist Jon Thorne reports from the venerable Cropredy Festival, where he meets Dave Pegg, Danny Thompson and other legendary low-enders of the folk-rock persuasion. Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Convention is that rare thing: a music festival run by musicians for

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One Love: Love Supreme 2014 Report

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Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde Place in Sussex is the place to go for jazz bass, daddio. Mike Flynn feels the groove. Jazz’s natural habitat is usually that of a subterranean club, back bar, cosy club or high-end concert

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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

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London Bass Guitar Show 2014


The London Bass Guitar Show took place in association with BGM on 1 and 2 March and was, if anything, even more of an event than last year’s runaway success. Will the halls of Olympia ever recover? Saturday 1st March

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