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Bass Bench: Beef Up Your 4-String

November 1, 2013
You can extend the range on a bass without adding more strings. Check out the pros and cons of several approaches and read what Michael Manring says about the emotional power of altered tunings.
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Bass Bench: Name That Bass

September 25, 2013
Sure, we’ve all seen oddball instruments, but it’s rare to find a bass this weird.
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The Bass Bench: Adding a Trem System to Your Bass

September 6, 2013
Ever think about adding a whammy bar to your bass? Discover what’s available and learn the pros and cons of different trem technologies.
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Bass Bench: Forgotten Gadgets—The Bass Whammy

August 9, 2013
Bass trems may seem like a gimmick at first, but there's more to them than meets the eye.
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String Nut or Zero Fret?

July 5, 2013
The zero fret takes care of the intonation and, more importantly, establishes the correct and minimal string height.
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Can You Find Your New Bass at a Music Expo?

June 14, 2013
The once “closed” fairs are gradually turning into events that focus more directly on consumers.
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Further Adventures in Fretboard Design

May 11, 2013
Several alternative approaches to the pesky problem of bass intonation.
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Tuning the Fretboard

April 15, 2013
Some creative minds have come up with interesting ideas that at least shed some light on our workspace and its limitations.
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The B-String Extender Myth

March 11, 2013
While adding higher-pitched strings to a bass was a no-brainer, the low B often caused problems.
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Custom or Boutique?

February 4, 2013
LEFT: For an instrument to be boutique, it should be in some way personal. MIDDLE: Mike Sabre builds basses with passion. This is his new Dominique Di Piazza Signature
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