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PMC Guitars

January 9, 2013
Châteauneuf says that any form of art, be it architecture or African art, can be a source of inspiration for him.
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Builder Profile: Fodera Guitars

December 10, 2012
Shrewd bargaining, a little white lie, and a series of serendipitous connections paved the way for Vinny Fodera to rub shoulders with some of the most esteemed bass builders in the business. When he’d learned all he could from his mentors, he set out on his own and ended up being the luthier of choice for iconic players like Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, and Anthony Jackson.
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Normandy Alumicaster Bass Review

November 5, 2012
Offering exceptional sonic and visual quality, Normandy’s Alumicaster bass is a great combination of vintage and contemporary.
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Eastwood Stormbird Bass Review

October 24, 2012
The Stormbird offers a stylish nod to classic bass designs with an affordable, sub-$500 price tag.
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Fender Select Precision Bass Review

October 8, 2012
Serving up a straight, no-frills approach to tone that’s fit for any stage, Fender''s Select Precision is a showroom instrument that’s meant to be an everyday workhorse.
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Ritter R8 Singlecut Bass Review

August 10, 2012
Intelligently engineered, the R8 Singlecut bass is an extraordinary handmade instrument and is an ideal choice for the professional bassist or one who is able to spend top dollar for the ultimate in tone and craftsmanship.
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Godin Shifter Classic 4 Bass Review

July 3, 2012
Shades of a P bass, a J bass, and a Tele all rolled into one
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Parker MaxxFly PB12 Bass Review

June 8, 2012
Though mostly known for their 6-string offerings, the MaxxFly from Parker shows off the company''s ingenuity with a bass.
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Replacing Saddles on a 1971 Gibson SB 300 Bass

June 8, 2012
The problem lay in the Multiplex adjustable bridge. The unit itself is made of metal, but the original saddles are made of nylon 6-6, a material used in bearings and gears due to its abrasion resistance and self-lubricating properties.
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Gear of the Month: 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck #3923

May 11, 2012
The 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck 3923 has the standard Shorthorn double-cutaway body with Danelectro’s classic Masonite construction with vinyl binding and a copper-burst finish.
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Warwick Jack Bruce Survivor Bass Review

April 6, 2012
A bass that takes on the characteristics of its master, the German-built Jack Bruce Survivor exudes classic looks and a warm, lyrical persona.
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Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars

April 6, 2012
“I’m always looking for new and better building methods, and ways to make my instruments easier to play, lighter, better sounding, easier to adjust, and more affordable.”
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Restoring a 1963 Gibson EB-OF Fuzztone Bass

April 6, 2012
Gibson made the EB-OF with a doublecutaway slab mahogany body with rounded horns and a transparent cherry-red finish.
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Ansir Imperial SL Bass Review

March 9, 2012
First things first: Grab your bass, strap it on, stand up, play a few of your favorite licks, and observe the angle it’s positioned at. Next, sit down and
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Gretsch Bikini Bass and Guitar

March 9, 2012
LEFT: Introduced in 1961, the Gretsch Bikini features removable and interchangeable guitar and bass necks rigged with onboard electronics. MIDDLE: To facilitate travel, the Bikini’s body is cut in
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Carvin Brian Bromberg B24P Signature Bass Review

February 10, 2012
The new B24P bass is one of the two models resulting from Bromberg''s partnership with Carvin (there’s also a 5-string version of the Bromberg bass), and it’s one hell of a tool for dishing out low-end rumble.
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Restoring a Prototype Gibson Cello Bass, Pt. 2

February 10, 2012
Though the groundwork was laid by Gibson, I still faced many questions and had to work through a number of mechanical designs.
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ESP LTD Vintage-204 Bass Review

January 31, 2012
From its humble beginnings as a supplier for custom replacement parts, ESP is one of a handful of guitar companies that has paid just as much attention to bassists
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1965 Fender Precision Bass and '70s Ampeg B-15 S

January 10, 2012
When the Fender Precision bass was introduced in late 1951, almost immediately it had a dramatic and lasting effect on how music was heard and played.
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Restoring A Prototype Gibson Cello Bass

January 10, 2012
The groundwork was laid by Gibson, but there are still many mechanical designs to work through and questions to answer about how the original builder intended to make it all come together.
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