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It’s your chance to pull the strings! Complete this bass survey and your feedback could shape the future of bass strings. By entering you’re also in with a chance to win 1st prize which is one year’s supply of Elixir

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Tony McLoughlin of The Young Folk talks bass

Pic: Kathrin Baumbach I play a 1984 Japanese Fender Jazz. It was made for Fender at the famous FujiGen Gakki factory, a musical instrument manufacturer based at Matsumoto in Japan and named after the famous Mount Fuji. I swapped out

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James Shore of Oubliettes gets onto the low frequency

I get so much more enjoyment when playing in a band situation and bouncing off other musicians that it has developed my style into one that is solid and supportive with little variations to keep it interesting. My style has

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Ben Martin of Ventenner talks bass

I use distortion and other effects to create an adaptable spectrum of tones to fit the light and shade sections within our songs. I play a four-string Fender Jazz: it’s the one I’ve gigged with for years and I feel

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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

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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

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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

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Dan Kenny of Suicide Silence on the low notes

I have been playing five-string basses for so long now that four- and six-string basses feel uncomfortable now. I am a big fan of five-strings, especially for heavy music. I also play a five because it just goes perfectly well

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Joe Principe of Rise Against on the bass life

I try to have the intensity of Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains) and the melodic sensibility of Karl Alvarez (Descendents) and I like to keep it simple. I play four-string basses but tune to Eb. I do not slap. It’s never

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Keith Farrell of the Cathy Davey band on the low end

I would describe my bass style as eclectic, adaptable, modern, groove-based, melodic and versatile. I do not play six-string basses because they almost never sound good in the upper register. They are often abused by players who might otherwise sound

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