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It's The Glue

It's The Glue

December 20, 2011
But what makes this musical glue? For me, the three main elements are time, foundation, and movement.
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Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal Review

Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX does some funky things by building grinding, root-fifth chords from single notes.
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How to Choose the Right Gig

How to Choose the Right Gig

October 18, 2011
Opportunity cost is a way of assessing potential gigs based on the musical, rather than monetary gains you might receive from choosing among them.
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7 Micro Bass Amp Heads for Any Budget

7 Micro Bass Amp Heads for Any Budget

September 27, 2011
Take a closer look at the Gallien Krueger MB200, Overton Flyweight 200, Carvin BX250 Micro Bass, Eden WTX-264, Euphonic Audio Micro, Markbass F1, and Genz-Benz Shuttle 9.0
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MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal Review

MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal Review

September 20, 2011
The MXR M87 Bass Compressor gets the job done pretty easily, while still allowing for a good range of variation from basic settings.
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Ampeg Portaflex PF-350 Head and PF-210HE Cab Review

Ampeg Portaflex PF-350 Head and PF-210HE Cab Review

August 16, 2011
Like the B-15, Portaflex cabinets feature a flip-top design for storing the matching heads during transport, and they provide rugged reliability and serious tone.
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What's on Your Wall?

What's on Your Wall?

August 16, 2011
I admit it—I have a strange fascination for cheap bass decorations on my wall.
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Kustom Amplification KXB500 Bass Amp and DE115NEO Bass Cab Review

Kustom Amplification KXB500 Bass Amp and DE115NEO Bass Cab Review

July 19, 2011
This bass rig contributes big power in a lightweight form.
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Stanley Clarke: A Bass Man and His Upright Desires

Stanley Clarke: A Bass Man and His Upright Desires

July 19, 2011
Fusion legend Stanley Clarke talks about his double-bass roots, his bevy of Alembic electrics, why all bassists should jam with other 4-stringers, and his recent reunion album with fellow Return to Forever bandmates Chick Corea and Lenny White.
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Risk...And Survival

Risk...And Survival

July 19, 2011
An important consideration for lining up a variety of musical opportunities is the risk involved.
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Reverend Justice and Thundergun Bass Reviews

Reverend Justice and Thundergun Bass Reviews

July 19, 2011
Reverend basses are back, but are now being produced in a high-end Korean factory rather than their US headquarters.
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Builder Profile: Markbass

Builder Profile: Markbass

May 25, 2011
Marco De Virgiliis and Peter Murray from Markbass talk about the company’s history, what sets them apart, and their recent entry into the effects pedals and guitar amplification market.
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Ibanez SR Premium 1400E and 1205E Bass Reviews

Ibanez SR Premium 1400E and 1205E Bass Reviews

May 4, 2011
This pair of new Ibanez basses feature high-end appointments tasteful finishes for both 4- and 5-stringers.
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Lakland 44-AJ Bass Review

Lakland 44-AJ Bass Review

April 19, 2011
Vintage looks, modern features, and impeccable build quality
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New Gear Time: Before You Buy

New Gear Time: Before You Buy

April 19, 2011
When G.A.S. gets the best of you—or maybe you actually need a new piece of gear—how can you ensure that what you’re hunting will become a keeper? The answer: Try it out the way it will actually be used.
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On Bass: Caring For Your Hands, Pt. 2

On Bass: Caring For Your Hands, Pt. 2

February 15, 2011
In caring for your right hand when playing bass, the foremost goal is to develop a relaxed and natural position.
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Caring For Your Hands, Part 1

Caring For Your Hands, Part 1

December 21, 2010
Proper fretting hand placement and care for bassists
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Hahn Model 22 Bass Review

Hahn Model 22 Bass Review

November 16, 2010
A ''50s-style bass with boutique construction
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Epiphone Zenith Fretted Acoustic/Electric Bass Review

Epiphone Zenith Fretted Acoustic/Electric Bass Review

November 5, 2010
The Zenith is an acoustic-electric semi-hollowbody at a reasonable price
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What Kind of Bass Are You?

October 20, 2010
A bass can be deeply telling about its owner
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