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Bass Bench

Bass Bench: Searching for Resonance

July 8, 2016
Is it possible to enhance sustain by recirculating string vibration?
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Bass Bench: The Perils of Tech-Speak

June 17, 2016
Being a musician requires more than instrumental skill—you have to master terminology from many disciplines and understand the ideas they represent.
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Bass Bench: A Staccato Blast from the Past

May 13, 2016
What was it about the old-school bass masters that made them so darn funky?
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Bass Bench: Myths and Facts of Cryogenic Treatment

April 22, 2016
It would be easy to call cryogenically treated hardware “snake oil,” but perhaps that’s not fair.
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Bass Bench: Cold Facts About Strings

March 11, 2016
Can ultra-low temperatures benefit your instrument’s tone?
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Bass Bench: Passive Distortion

February 12, 2016
Can you generate onboard overdrive with no batteries?
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Bass Bench: Decoding Fender’s Greasebucket and TBX Circuits

December 25, 2015
Can you really expand your sound with a passive control?
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Bass Bench: Passive Interplay

December 4, 2015
There’s much to consider when pondering the merits of active versus passive bass guitar circuits.
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Bass Bench: Exploring Passive Tone Controls

November 13, 2015
What can bassists learn from popular tone-circuit mods for guitar?
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Bass Bench: How to Adjust Your Pickups

October 2, 2015
There’s more to this essential setup step than meets the eye (or ear).
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Bass Bench: Mysterious Magnetism

August 21, 2015
What really happens if you move those pickups as close as possible to your strings?
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Bass Bench: Using Microphones in Acoustic Bass Guitars

July 31, 2015
The pros and cons of installing an onboard mic in a flattop bass.
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Bass Bench: Positioning Piezo Pickups on an Acoustic Bass Guitar

June 12, 2015
When the piezo is under high pressure, the resulting tones can be harsh, unnaturally direct, and overly percussive.
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Bass Bench: Amplifying an Acoustic Bass Guitar

May 29, 2015
Why do most bassists opt for a contact pickup on their acoustic axe?
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Bass Bench: The Electric Bow

May 1, 2015
In search of infinite sustain? Consider exploring the EBow.
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Bass Bench: A Funky Tool

April 10, 2015
Inspired by a Peter Gabriel session, Tony Levin’s Funk Fingers bring a drummer’s touch to the bass.
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Bass Bench: Shaping Your Tones by Hand

March 13, 2015
How does your picking hand control harmonic content?
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Bass Bench: DIY Fretless Conversion, Pt. 2

February 6, 2015
How to handle the finishing touches on your homemade fretless bass.
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Bass Bench: DIY Fretless Conversion

January 2, 2015
Here’s what you need to know about going fretless.
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Bass Bench: The Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Electric Bass

December 4, 2014
Can bassists have two worlds at their fingertips?
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