Read the October 2015 Issue

Bass Bench

Not only is Heiko Hoepfinger on top of the latest bass technology, he delights in challenging assumptions we all make about the instrument. For cutting-edge ideas and concepts pertaining to the low end, visit his Bass Bench blog.


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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