June Issue

Articles by Heiko Hoepfinger

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.
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Bass Bench: The Evolution of MIDI Bass

May 4, 2018
Can low-enders create lush orchestrations all by themselves?
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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.
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Bass Bench: Dead Strings ... Revive or Replace?

February 23, 2018
Learn how to reclaim “new string tone”—at least temporarily.
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Bass Bench: The Mystery of Aging Strings

February 11, 2018
What causes our strings to lose their upper frequencies over time?
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Bass Bench: Digital Denial

December 22, 2017
They say variety is the spice of life. But how does this apply to musicians?
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Bass Bench: Power to the Bass Peeps!

December 1, 2017
Why do bassists need so much wattage to be heard?
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Bass Bench: Pondering the Cabinet Conundrum

November 14, 2017
Should bassists pay more attention to the humble speaker enclosure?
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Bass Bench: Horror Stories from the Repair Shop

October 6, 2017
Sometimes it makes sense to acknowledge your limitations.
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Bass Bench: The Evolution of Bass Versus Guitar

August 22, 2017
Are bassists more open-minded than their 6-string compadres?
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Bass Bench: Tone, Tops, and Trends

July 28, 2017
Ah, nothing beats the sound of highly figured wood. Maybe.
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Bass Bench: The Local Tonewood Challenge

June 23, 2017
Can you hear the difference between instruments made from either tropical or non-tropical woods?
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Bass Bench: Yo! Another Universal Guide to Great Bass Tone

May 23, 2017
Is there a shortcut to great sound and feel?
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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.
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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.
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Bass Bench: Can You Hear the Difference Between Various Neck Joints?

March 3, 2017
Sometimes our long-held assumptions about how instrument construction affects tone can be wrong.
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Bass Bench: The Pros and Cons of Neck Joints

February 10, 2017
It’s worth pondering why builders choose set-neck, bolt-on, or neck-through construction.
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Bass Bench: Time to Put Your Bass on a Diet?

January 6, 2017
Explore the pros and cons of pursuing a weight-loss regimen.
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Bass Bench: Shh! The Secret of Asymmetrical Neck Relief

December 9, 2016
Computer analysis can help us adjust a bass for optimally low action.
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Bass Bench: Straight or Bowed Neck?

November 4, 2016
Here’s how to adjust your truss rod for a low-action setup.
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