November 2018

Articles by Heiko Hoepfinger

Bass Bench: Oil, Shellac, Nitro, Polyester, and Urethane: What Gives?

November 9, 2018
Let’s put the marketing hype aside and look at the basic properties of instrument finishes.
Read More

Bass Bench: The World of Finishes

October 12, 2018
Wood requires protection—especially from moisture—and there are many ways to get the job done.
Read More

Bass Bench: The Inherent Limitations of Acoustic Bass Guitar

September 7, 2018
In terms of unamplified volume, can low-enders ever compete with their flattop-wielding cohorts?
Read More

Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

July 29, 2018
Sometimes we bassists can’t crank up enough to experience our fundamentals in all their glory. But wait—there is a simple solution.
Read More

Bass Bench: MIDI Sensing on Steroids

July 1, 2018
No doubt you’ve heard the saying “many hands make light work.” It turns out this also applies to MIDI bass.
Read More

Bass Bench: The Pros and Cons of Pitch-to-MIDI Technologies

June 8, 2018
Eager to explore electronic music with your bass? Here are the trade-offs you’ll encounter.
Read More

Bass Bench: The Evolution of MIDI Bass

May 4, 2018
Can low-enders create lush orchestrations all by themselves?
Read More

Bass Bench: Chasing Grounding Gremlins

March 23, 2018
If you hope to eliminate noise and hum from your bass, here are the important things to consider.
Read More

Bass Bench: Dead Strings ... Revive or Replace?

February 23, 2018
Learn how to reclaim “new string tone”—at least temporarily.
Read More

Bass Bench: The Mystery of Aging Strings

February 11, 2018
What causes our strings to lose their upper frequencies over time?
Read More

Bass Bench: Digital Denial

December 22, 2017
They say variety is the spice of life. But how does this apply to musicians?
Read More

Bass Bench: Power to the Bass Peeps!

December 1, 2017
Why do bassists need so much wattage to be heard?
Read More

Bass Bench: Pondering the Cabinet Conundrum

November 14, 2017
Should bassists pay more attention to the humble speaker enclosure?
Read More

Bass Bench: Horror Stories from the Repair Shop

October 6, 2017
Sometimes it makes sense to acknowledge your limitations.
Read More

Bass Bench: The Evolution of Bass Versus Guitar

August 22, 2017
Are bassists more open-minded than their 6-string compadres?
Read More

Bass Bench: Tone, Tops, and Trends

July 28, 2017
Ah, nothing beats the sound of highly figured wood. Maybe.
Read More

Bass Bench: The Local Tonewood Challenge

June 23, 2017
Can you hear the difference between instruments made from either tropical or non-tropical woods?
Read More

Bass Bench: Yo! Another Universal Guide to Great Bass Tone

May 23, 2017
Is there a shortcut to great sound and feel?
Read More

Bass Bench: Gig Preparedness

May 5, 2017
Being ready to step onstage involves more than knowing the material and how to dial in your tone.
Read More

Bass Bench: Neck Joints, Science, and Sound Opinions

April 17, 2017
Analyzing instruments in the lab can yield intriguing data, but when it comes to real-world choices, your ears should have the final say.
Read More